From ancient Buddhism to the roots of haṭha yoga

a theoretical and practical path

with Gianfranco Del Moro and Marco Passavanti


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“Prompt awareness is the path to the Deathless; carelessness is the path of death. Those who are aware do not die; those who are devoid of awareness are like the dead”. (Dhammapada, 2.1).


Our Christmas gift is the complete program of the new Darśana Vol. 4 that we anticipated at this link!

For this new "volume" we have tried not to lose the spin that has moved us over the years and proceed to complete, at least ideally, the most contemporary vision with respect to the history of yoga and the strong Buddhist influences – already introduced by Silvia Patrizio both in reading the Yogasūtra, both in historical part carried last year – in particular, those of Indian Tantric Buddhism, on the roots of haṭha yoga.

In this part more "academic" and research, we decided to add a theoretical-practical insight into meditation.
Let's borrow the words of Marco Passavanti to motivate this choice of field:

In common parlance the two terms 'yoga' and 'meditation' often indicate two distinct areas: one practices it on the mat, the other practices it on the pillow; the one the practice of asana, the other the practice of certain 'oriental' techniques of meditative absorption. This distinction, on closer inspection, it is purely conventional and has no reason to exist. postural practice, focused on the execution of postures (asana), breathing techniques (Pranayama) and seals (Mudra) and the practice of some meditation techniques (dhyāna) they are in fact to be understood as part of a single transformative process.

For this new volume we have decided to rely on AYCO and, in particular to Gianfranco Del Moro and Marco Passavanti; In fact, AYCO boasts a solid experience of theoretical study on Buddhism – and in particular on early Buddhism – and a historical experience of practicing and conducting meditation Vipassanā, alongside the postural practice of Vinyoga.
To this are added the most recent academic insights by Marco Passavanti on the Buddhist roots of the haṭha yoga in relation to the tradition of the siddha in Tibet.

We will therefore try to stay in a circular process again, moving between theory and practice, between yoga and meditation but also between historical-philosophical influences for a long time considered in opposition, trying once again to experience continuity and complementarity overcoming dogmas and polarizations.



As always, the path is divided into "stages": two occasions that have the same theme as their background, but two different conductors, to which is added the purely academic study of Marco Passavanti between Buddhism and haṭha yoga in Tibet.
Unlike previous years, these are two intensive training opportunities, spread over two days. Although as always self-contained, these are two stages in continuity.

The course is open to all levels of knowledge: They are not required for admission requirements other than the curiosity and interest. Audio recordings and materials used and shared by the speakers will be made available.




The. Awareness in practice and in daily life with Gianfranco Del Moro
Saturday 4 February 14-19 and Sunday 5 February 9-16

Today there is a lot of talk about awareness making it one of the most inflated terms, ma il buddha, creator of the term and of the concept (sati, print pali, and to die, in Sanskrit), at least in the way that interests us, what value he gave to this mental factor? It was so important in meditative practice in order to achieve liberation from suffering, goal that the Buddha had set himself? It mattered in everyday life? And just in case, as he suggested putting it into practice?
Today the term is a bit worn, we will try to regain possession of the original concept, making use of the words and original thoughts of the Buddha.
We will take advantage of this understanding to see mindfulness at work in our meditation practice. And not only: we will also do short practices of asana to experience it in action and a short interactive workshop that will stimulate deep understanding of the concept.


II.a Posture, I breathe, presence: the practice of mindfulness in the Vinyoga and in Vipassanā with Marco Passavanti
Saturday 4 March 14-19 and Sunday 5 March 9-12,30

[…] postural practice, focused on the execution of postures (asana), breathing techniques (Pranayama) and seals (Mudra) and the practice of some meditation techniques (dhyāna) are [In fact] to be understood as part of a single transformative process.
In the light of these considerations, the practice of Vinyoga and that of the Vipassanā buddhist represent two aspects of the same path: postural practice, intended as a moving meditation in which the body converges and unifies, the breath, the senses and the faculty of attention, it constitutes a preparatory factor for seated meditation as practiced in some Buddhist traditions.
In the seminar a series of postural practices and exercises will be proposed Pranayama culminating in formal sitting meditation sessions, in a sweet way, gradual and non-coercive.


II.b The Buddhist roots of haṭha yoga: the traditions of the siddha in Tibet with Marco Passavanti
Sunday 5 March, schedule 13.30 -16

In the practice of haṭha yoga, flourished in India from the eleventh century, ascetic and yogic traditions of various origins converge: in addition to the influences of the tantric schools Shaiva, recent research has highlighted the decisive contribution represented by the Indian Buddhist tantric traditions, especially related to the transmission of Amṛtasiddhi and the "Six Doctrines" of Nāropā (The ro'i chos drugs).



Gianfranco Del Moro practice and teach from beyond 30 years. From 1998 leads the AYCO (Awareness Yoga Academy) of Rome where she holds group and individual yoga courses, according to the Viniyoga tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar, and meditation, according to the teachings of ancient Buddhism and Theravāda. And 20 years, He takes care, as organizer and teacher trainer, training and continuing education courses. He is director in charge of “Percorsi Yoga”, From August 2000, year of birth of the magazine of the Yani Association.

Marco Passavanti, teacher trainer of AYCO. Parallel to his training as a yoga teacher, he has cultivated the academic study of Asian cultures over the years. He has a PhD in Civilization, society and economy of the Indian subcontinent at the University 'La Sapienza' of Rome. His main area of ​​research includes the yogic traditions of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. In addition to various specialist studies and monographs, he has edited the Italian translation of numerous texts on Buddhism and yoga, including the Yoga-Makaranda of T. Krishnamacharya («The nectar of yoga», Ubaldini astrolabe, 2013) and “Roots of Yoga” curated by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton (Penguin Books 2017, being published).



The course is aimed exclusively at members and members of the Association.
It is possible to join by making a request and paying the annual fee of euro 20,00 including insurance that allows you to participate in all the activities of the center and in the lessons.
Places in attendance are limited.
While preferring to participate in the presence, it will be possible to participate in live streaming.

The training course is recognized by YANI (National Yoga Teachers Association) to obtain credits for the continuous training of already graduated and associated teachers, also for modular participation, where certified by us.



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