Donnerstag, 19. Oktober 2017, 18:00 - 19:30 iCal

The Medical Practices of Yogins in Medieval India

The Case of the Dharmaputrik?

Seminarraum 1, Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
AAKH, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Ein Vortrag von Dr. Christèle Barois | AyurYog ERC Project, Institut für Südasien- Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde, Universität Wien


As a contribution to the study of the relationship between yoga and ?yurveda, two separate domains of knowledge in the Sanskrit textual tradition, I will present the Dharmaputrik?, an unpublished text composed in the 10-11th century at the latest, and preserved in two 12th century Nepalese manuscripts of the so-called “?ivadharma corpus”. Comprising about 340 verses that are divided into sixteen chapters of unequal length, the Dharmaputrik? forms a closed and highly systematic exposé on yoga. It provides us with new elements concerning the relationship between yoga and ?yurveda in medieval India, as it fully integrates medical knowledge and practices into the yogic process. By doing so, the Dharmaputrik? sheds light on the appropriation and adaptation of elements of classical Indian medicine by yogins towards the end of the first millenium. This remarkable feature is manifest in chapter 4, which mentions the appearance of diseases due to excessive practice (atyabhy?sa) in the course of the conquest of the five bodily winds (pañcajaya); in chapter 7, which deals with diseases as “obstacles produced through carelessness“ (pram?daj?ntar?ya); and in chapter 10, named yogacikits?, “therapy in the context of yoga”, which explains the method to treat this category of obstacle represented by disease.

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