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Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

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Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

Postby David2 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:20 pm

Greetings,

I remember that someone once said in another forum that Siddharta Gotama had practiced yoga (asanas, pranayama) before his enlightenment (or before leaving the palace? - I don't remember. ;))

Is there any evidence for or against this?
If there is no evidence, do you think it is rather probable or improbable?

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Re: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

Postby Nibbida » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:04 am

Patanjali was influenced by the Buddha and mentions the Brahma Viharas in the Yoga Sutras.

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Re: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

Postby alan » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:27 am

No one knows.
But would it matter?
Do Yoga every morning. It is good for you!
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Re: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

Postby alan » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:37 am

All you have to do is just stretch out a bit, and then do it again. Then, do it again. And after that take a class, or read a book about it. Soon enough, you are doing Yoga in the morning. And you will feel great.

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Postby Paññāsikhara » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:04 am

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Re: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

Postby Jhana4 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:15 pm

I'm not an expert. All I have to offer is that back in the late 80s I went to a lecture by Phulgenda Sinah, author of . His book claimed that the Bahag Gita was altered by invaders to make Indians more submissive and he claimed to have restored the original through researched interpolation.

Anyway, he made his living teaching yoga, in addition to doing research.

During the lecture he told the audience that hatha yoga goes back further than most people think......even before Hinduism. Ancient coins were found with many of the postures ( asanas ) pictured on them.

The legend is that the historical Buddha, tried all of the various spiritual disciplines he could.

So, the answer is, it is possible, but I don't know :)

Like many things, I think hatha yoga would be an excellent innovation for monks, but isn't likely to happen beyond isolated individuals due to the iron grip of orthodoxy and tradition.
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Re: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

Postby befriend » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:17 am

why didnt buddha teach asanas? certainly it is healthy. i am very curious.
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Re: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

Postby Paññāsikhara » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:35 am

First, because the whole asana system is post-Buddhist.
Second, because unlike the Jainas and other ajivikas, the Buddha did not put emphasis on physical acts (of tapas).

The "coins" mentioned above are some of the images that I mentioned are now largely discredited as being signs of some pre-Buddhist yoga system.

You may like to check out this book: <PDF> , by Bronkhorst.

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