Sati: Yoga & Philosophy

A Genuine Dialogue

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If we are going to have more interesting dialogues comparing and exploring Hindu and Buddhist thought (including Yoga) we cannot start with the same old, “Well Hindus believe in an atman (soul) and Buddhists do not….” Yes, we know, and for the most part, that is true. But on top of the fact that starting with that statement, seems to ignore an entire branch of Hindu thought, Advaita Vedanta, it is also a bit marginalizing and reductionistic. There is so much territory to cover that exposes how these traditions interacted and interfaced. There are so many exquisite similarities and nuances that have shaped these sibling traditions. For interesting and eye-opening correlations to be made we have to start these dialogues with an open heart, sense of humility (a recognition of what we simply do not know), and a genuine interest in the breadth and validity of human spiritual experience.

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