Presentation by Christèle Barois: Longevity practices from the Chāndogya Upaniṣad onwards

01.08.2017

Presentation by Christèle Barois: Longevity practices from the Chāndogya Upaniṣad onwards

Vayas, key term for “age” in the ayurvedic treatises, is a heuristic concept that is helpful in reflecting on issues of longevity, rejuvenation, and immortality. When considering longevity specifically, the Chāndogya Upaniṣad III.15-16 provides extensive material for reflection. In the context of ritual invocations aiming at longevity, it offers a meaning of vayas close to that found in medical treatises; it describes three periods of life, and provides us with a canonical human lifespan of 116 years. I propose to examine the conditions and reasons for prolonging life as explained in this passage, and to explore how the commentarial tradition attached to the Chāndogya Upaniṣad takes up the subject of longevity in further discussions.

 

August 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm at Aula am Campus, courtyard 1, entrance 1.11. University of Vienna

 

Conference: Medicine and Yoga in South and Inner Asia: Body Cultivation, Therapeutic Intervention and the Sowa Rigpa Industry

Vienna, August 1-3, 2017

Co-hosted by the Dept. of South Asian, Tibet and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna and the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences

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