The solitary retreat, the nice quiet cave, the renouncing of worldly activities – these are often set up as the ideal for pursuing practices of yoga and meditation. But are these practices for self or other, for individual transcendence or the uplift of humanity? Ideals such as the Bodhisattva, the compassionate being who toils for the enlightenment for all sentient beings, suggest an active engagement in the world. Should we look to the yoga traditions for justification of individual renunciation or engaged social activism? This session will unpick ideas from the Indian tradition, such as nivṛtti and pravṛtti dharma, to develop a nuanced appreciation of such questions as how and whether we should try to take our yoga off the mat.
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