Deciding if the atman or non-atman wins, with Richard Freeman

Noon Colorado time today (so maybe 30 or so minutes from when this posts), registration opens up for Richard Freeman’s week-long “Advanced Intensive” in June — and not at the Yoga Workshop, but in Santa Fe.

Bringing together yoga and Buddhism, it sounds… pretty mind-blowing:

Join Richard and Mary along with their dear friend and beloved teacher, Joan Halifax, at this remarkable residential retreat at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Though yoga and Buddhism have evolved into two distinct disciplines, they stem from common roots and their teachings remain some of the most accessible and profound. In this 5-day intensive we will explore differences and complementary concepts within these two classical systems as reflected in asana practice, as well as through study and chanting of traditional texts.

Historically yoga and Buddhism have opposed, stolen from and have even learned from each other. On the surface they seem to be based on conflicting axioms. Buddhists say that there is no self or atman. Hindu yogis say that the Self or atman is all that there is. Who’s right? By looking at the foundational teachings of early Buddhism, juxtaposed with the early Samkhya and Vedanta of the Upanisads, we will see if the atman or non-atman wins. Then we will consider Advaita Vedanta and the Middle Path of Mahayana Buddhism to see just how much these schools have helped each other to evolve.

Check out more information at the link above, including the prices. Exact dates are June 3-7, 2015.

This is a subject I was recently pondering. So, this is truly tempting.

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