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Apr. 3

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Journey Into Bhakti Yoga

with Dr. Edwin Bryant, Ph.D
Price: $95.00

Program is now Saturady, Apr. 3 only

Join Dr. Edwin Bryant, renowned scholar and professor of Yoga and Hindu philosophy, for a deep dive into ancient yogic texts and the devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga.


This online workshop will consist of a reading of selections of the best known and loved Bhakti Yoga stories and teachings from the Bhagavata Purana, arguably the most influential Bhakti text in ancient India.

This workshop will feature stories of bhaktas (practitioners of Bhakti Yoga) and of Bhagavan (Divine) as the recipient of bhakti. Constant reference will be made to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavata Purana.

Live sessions with Dr. Bryant on Saturday from 10 am–12 pm and 1–3 pm ET

The main program sessions are live and all sessions are in ET. The live sessions will be recorded and posted to the Online Programs access page if you are unable to join us live for that session. Recordings* are usually posted within one day and are available to program participants and presenter(s) only.
*You're welcome to turn off your camera if you don't wish your image to be recorded.

You will have access to the video recordings for 8 weeks after the program ends, until May 30. Lifetime access to this course is available for a $25.00 fee.

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Live Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talks with Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.


Testimonials

Dr. Bryant is a brilliant scholar and an amazing communicator. When it comes to relaying intricate and sometimes conflicting views about esoteric angles of abstruse subjects, care (above all else) is called for, and Bryant cares, cares very deeply to get the point across as clearly and as vividly as possible; and he succeeds in this nearly impossible task. — Ulf

Edwin Bryant is brilliant! Encyclopedic but not pedantic. — Subir Nag

Edwin Bryant is profoundly familiar with Sanskrit, the Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita, and Puranas, and he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Sutras. — Noel M. Parenti

Schedule

  • 1

    Welcome !!

    • Student Walkthrough – How to Navigate this Course

    • Welcome to Journey Into Bhakti Yoga

    • Resources, Materials, and Assistance

  • 2

    Course Handouts

    • Handout 1: Krishna's Birth_Book X_Ch.3

    • Handout 2: Krishna as Mischievous Child_Book X_Ch. 8

    • Handout 3: Krishna's Incarnation_Book X_Ch.12

    • Handout 4: Krishna's Incarnation_Book X_Ch.29

  • 3

    Saturday, Apr. 3

    • Morning Sadhana

    • RECORDING – Session 1 with Dr. Edwin – 10 am–12 pm ET

    • Lunch Talk

    • RECORDING – Session 2 with Dr. Edwin – 1–3 pm ET

    • Notes and References for Sessions 1 & 2

    • Congratulations!

    • Program Evaluation – Help us create amazing experiences

    • Lifetime Access

    • LIVE – Integral Yoga® Hatha – 5–6:30 pm ET

    • LIVE – Saturday Evening Satsang – 7:30–9:30 pm ET

Presenter

Ph.D

Dr. Edwin Bryant

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University, where his thesis culminated in his first book: The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture (Oxford University Press, 2001). He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published eight books, and authored a number of articles on the earliest origins of the Vedic culture, yoga philosophy, and the Krishna tradition. These include a Penguin World Classics translation of the story of Krishna’s incarnation, from its traditional source the Śrīmad Bhāgavata Purāṇa.

As a personal practitioner of bhakti yoga for over 40 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with appreciation towards traditional knowledge systems. His teaching method is to allow the ancient texts to speak in their own voice and through their own terms and categories. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches weekend workshops on the Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gītā, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country.

Edwin’s translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. Edwin’s most recent published work is a sequel to this by the same publisher entitled Bhakti Yoga: Tales and Teachings from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017). This work, too, seeks to ground the practices of bhakti in the traditional Krishna-centered framework of the Vrindavan devotional traditions.

Edwin is presently working on a translation of the Bhagavad Gītā with a commentary based on the insights of the principle traditional commentators (viz, in the same vein as the Yoga Sūtras commentary). The Gītā‘s teachings in many ways serve as a link between those of the Yoga Sūtras and those of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa in the Bhakti Yoga volume, and upon completion will conclude Edwin’s vision of a Trilogy of Yoga texts offered to scholars, students, practitioners, and the intellectually curious.

https://sites.rutgers.edu/edwin-bryant/

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Join Dr. Edwin Bryant, renowned scholar and professor of Yoga and Hindu philosophy, for a deep dive into ancient yogic texts and the devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga.