An understanding of yoga philosophy is incomplete without a knowledge of Sāṃkhya. Often referred to as the “metaphysical backdrop of classical yoga”, Sāṃkhya has roots in an ancient oral tradition prior to the written Vedas and is considered to be India’s oldest philosophy.
Far from being a provincial cultural artifact from a bygone era, the classical form of Sāṃkhya (as espoused in the Sāṃkhya Karika of Iśvarakṛṣṇa) remains a profoundly sophisticated and relevant system that challenges modern-day assumptions about identity, knowledge, nature, dualism, consciousness and liberation. Engaging with its mode of inquiry is a transformative encounter with a radically alternative way of approaching consciousness and the human experience.
In this 4-week online course, we will explore the many fascinating insights of Sāṃkhya philosophy. We will discover what liberation looks like for Sāṃkhya and how it’s teachings are still relevant for us today. We will look at its relationship to other Indian traditions like Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as engage in a cross-cultural dialogue with Western philosophy through figures like Immanuel Kant, Jean-Paul Sartre, Edmund Husserl and Jacques Lacan.
Please join us on this mind-bending adventure into one of Mother India’s most beloved transmissions.
Jacob Kyle, MA, MSc, is a meditation teacher, writer, philosophy educator and the Founding Director of Embodied Philosophy, an online educational platform for wisdom studies and contemplative practices. Jacob holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007) and an MA in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (2013). In 2020, Jacob was initiated as an Acharya (authorized teacher) of Neelakhanta Meditation in the tradition of Blue Throat Yoga by scholar-practitioner Paul Muller-Ortega. Jacob is a devoted student and practitioner of the Śaiva-Śakta Darśana.