Date of Award

Winter 2-25-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Social Sciences

First Advisor

Nancy Waring

Second Advisor

Melissa Jean

Third Advisor

Chip Hartranft


This paper explores the relationship between the Buddhadharma and Pātañjala-yoga. Specifically, it looks at how the two traditions respond to the predicament of human suffering(dukkha). Though the two situate dukkhawithin their respective systems of metaphysics, resulting in divergent understandings of suffering, unsatisfactoriness, and stress and different rationales for practicing, the two employ nearly identical practical yoga methodologies to overcome this ubiquitous phenomenon. Each tradition situates meditative yogawithin an eight-part wise and ethical framework. Through this practice one is able to harness the power of concentration in a way that makes it possible to witness the flowering of a momentary experience. The arising and passing away of what to the untrained mind congeals into an experience structure is seen as it is. This yields liberating insight, leading to freedom from dukkha.

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