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Dr. Chris Chapple

Beyond the Mat

Dr. Chris Chapple

Beyond the Mat

Chris Chapple trained in classical Yoga from 1972 to 1985 at Yoga Anand Ashram in Amityville, New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985, where he is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology. He has published more than a dozen books, including Karma and Creativity (1986) and several translations and editions of Indian texts, including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yogadrstisamuccaya of Haribadra, and the Prthivi Sukta section of the Atharva Veda. In 2013, Chris founded and currently directs the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at LMU.

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Listen to a lecture and learn how Tantra offered challenges to the puritanism of Jainism, urging its followers to worship the goddess and engage in the five forbidden M's of drink, drugs, meat, fish, and fornication. Haribhadra, acknowledging this tradition's allure, advised his students to embrace Eightfold Yoga, re-aligning Patanjali's system with Jaina principles and with the worship of eight wisdom goddess who foster benevolence, protection, power, light, stability, beauty, radiance, and liberation.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
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The spiritual path begins with an experience of yearning for something greater than the humdrum of daily existence and its dramas. By exploring your own karmic narrative, you enter the path of yoga. You cultivate benevolence through the practice of the Five Great Vows. Consequently, you're able to meditate, and enter a state of equipoise; whether in circumstances of praise or blame, culminating in overcoming the karmas that characterize mundane life, leading to freedom.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
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Listen to a lecture and learn how 24 perfect yogis provide inspiration for the attainment of Siddha Loka, the realm of freedom. Adhinath (or Rishibha) reportedly invented agriculture, marriage, and law; his daughters, Brahmi and Sundari, created writing and mathematics. Neminath renounced the world on the way to his wedding. Parshvanath was rescued from drowning by two cobras as he practiced his meditation. Mahavira taught the precepts of Jaina Yoga as practiced today.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
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