TALKS

Sanskrit Reading Room 

SOAS University of London
commencing January 2017
A fortnightly reading forum for budding Sanskritists to improve their Sanskrit language skills and be up to date with current Indological research. Participation is open to all students of Sanskrit, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, from UK institutions of higher education.

Find more details visit the Sanskrit Reading Room website and follow on Facebook.


Past Talks


AyurYog Workshop: Rejuvenation, Longevity, Immortality

Perspectives on rasāyana, kāyakalpa and bcud len practices.

Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
21st - 22nd October, 2016

The two-day workshop will explore the historically linked South and Inner Asian practices of rasāyana, kāyakalpa and bcud len. These are practices, treatment techniques and formulations aimed at a variety of goals that range from prolonging life, restoring youthfulness, and promoting physical health, to accessing special powers, achieving enlightenment, and attaining immortality.

Read a summary of this fascinating conference here.



Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana: Traditions, Transmissions, Transformation

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Krakow
19th - 21st May, 2016


Keynote Session featuring Dr James Mallinson and Dr Jason Birch at the international academic conference 'Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana: Traditions, Transmissions, Transformations'.



Ascetics performing Tapas
Painting on paper, 1820 (circa)
The British Museum



Yoga: Austerity, Passion and Peace

The British Museum
Friday 8 April 2016, 18.30 – 20.00


This interdisciplinary panel of experts will examine yoga from ancient Indic times to the present, with reference to the modern quest for authentic spiritual communion with the divine, both from an Indian perspective and a global one.

Chaired by independent scholar and founding director of Calm Energy Yoga Hilary Lewis Ruttley, panellists include Dr Jason Birch of The Hatha Yoga Project at SOAS, novelist, journalist and award-winning BBC broadcaster Jameela Siddiqi, and Sunil Khilnani, Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute.

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