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Dr. Douglas Brooks

Beyond the Mat

Dr. Douglas Brooks

Beyond the Mat

Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India in the home of his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, Professor of Sanskrit at Madurai-Kamaraj University where he also held a visiting fellowship as a Fulbright Scholar. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

Recent classes

Listen to a lecture about friendships found in a variety of traditions and beliefs. Learn how in ancient Vedic worlds, the god Mitra comes to personify friendship, as the Buddhist tradition creates the Buddha of the future, Maitreya, whose name translates as "friendliness." Also learn how in yoga traditions the virtue called maitri holds similar meaning. Look for and contemplate the connections so you can draw out the significance of these characters and concepts. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
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Listen to a lecture and learn how once there was a river in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent called the Sarasvati. That river is no longer physically a part of the geography and yet the name continues. Start with the concepts of wisdom and creativity, learning and expression that lead you to the goddess Sarasvati. Look at her origins, mythology, and the meanings associated with her as the embodiment of these values and empowerments. Props Suggested: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
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Listen to a lecture and learn how dharma is a pervading concept in yoga traditions, indeed in all Indian thinking. Create a basic outline for the sources that define and determine the meanings of "dharma." Dharma has social and political definitions, ethical and metaphysical meanings. Begin to understand the sources and how they came to become authoritative about the subject. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
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