How do Yoga and Buddhism Overlap? Talk with Lama Migmar

Horizontal BYC Photo Lama Migmar Tseten's perspective, shared recently at BYC, expanded my sense of what yoga is and where yoga came from. Lama Migmar has many interesting points of view. Lama Migmar has been serving Harvard-wide student, faculties, and staff as a Buddhist Chaplain since 1997. He received both a traditional and a contemporary education in India. He graduated with an Acharya degree in 1979 from Tibetan Institute of Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India, and with first position every nine years among four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded a medal for academic excellence by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He was also recognized as Khenpo for his scholarship and service to the Dharma by His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Read More Here are some transformative insights I received in my short time with this unconditionally loving teacher about the roots of yoga. Yoga is a tool to discover our divine nature, our Buddha nature. Lama Migmar helped us trace the roots of yoga back even further than Patanjali. In Vedic India, students gathered in the forests of the Himalayas to receive teachings from ancient Tantric Tibetan Masters. They taught in the path of liberation called yoga, meaning “union.” The historical Buddha was one student who received these teachings. Three centuries later, Patanjali lived and recorded the Yoga Sutras from these teachings. You may have noticed correlations between Patanjali's Eight-Fold Path of Yoga (Ashtang) and the Buddhists Noble Eight-Fold Path. Fast-forward two millennia to the present day and here in the West, Buddhism and Patanjali's Yoga have found a thriving new home. Lama Migmar's work illustrates how the practices fit together and apply to our contemporary lives. Available Soon! Watch Lama Migmar's BYC talk- available late Spring 2014. - Jane Lanza

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