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Pure Yoga - In Its Historical Context and Today

Karel Werner (Author)

Yoga has a long history, from early indications in the Harappan civilisation (2900-1900 BCE) among wandering ascetics and forest hermits and echoes in the early Upanisads (600-400 BCE). The first instructions for practice were formulated by the Buddha (563-483 BCE) as the eightfold path to liberation. A remarkably systematic instruction appeared in a short passage within a composite text known as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (cca 300-400CE) consisting of an eightfold path (astanga yoga). Various other yoga paths were elaborated in later Upanisads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Puranas. The present series is intended to publish research works of high academic standard, which could serve as reliable guides for evaluating books on yoga appearing in the market.

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About the author

Karel Werner

Dr. Karel Werner studied Western philosophy and Indology at the Universities in Brno and Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, got Ph.D. in 1949 and became a lecturer in Sanskrit and Indian Civilization in Olomouc University.  Since 1969 he has been the Spalding Lecturer in Indian Philosophy and Religion in the University of Durham. He has published articles on Yoga and Buddhism in English, German and Czech and a book "Hatha Yoga" in Czech (Prague 1969, 2nd ed. 1971). He is currently engaged in research on the Vedas.

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Title Pure Yoga - In Its Historical Context and Today
Author Karel Werner
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.10.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788195055371
length 336p.