Events

01.08.2017 to 03.08.2017

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

01.08.2017

Presentation by Dagmar Wujastyk: Rasāyana in Sanskrit alchemical literature

In Indian alchemical literature, the Sanskrit term “rasāyana” is predominantly used to describe alchemical operations, i.e. all that is involved in the making and taking of elixirs for attaining a state of spiritual liberation in a living body.

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.

02.08.2017

Presentation by Suzanne Newcombe: Longevity practices in India during the modern period: public health imperatives and individual aspirations

The logistics and economics of how to promote health and longevity amongst the vast population of India is a perennial problem. Yoga has increasingly been seen by the government of India as a potential asset in their promotion of longevity for the general population. This presentation will outline the variety of pragmatic approaches that were taken to promote yoga as public health under the category of ‘Indigenous Medicine’ from the Usman Report of 1923, to the recent promotion of AYUSH to the level of Ministry in 2014.

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