Yogic Perception, Meditation and Altered States of Consciousness

  • Time: 27.-30. Juli 2006
  • Venue: Austrian Academy of Sciences

Symposium Startpage


27 June

- 11:00

Steinkellner, Director, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences


Franco ,Director, Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig

Dagmar Eigner, Institute for the History of Medicine, Medical University of Vienna

Taber, University of New Mexico

in All Directions (9:30-10:15)

McCrea, Harvard University

Like Us, Just Like Now”: The Tactical Implications of the Mīmāṃsā Rejection of Yogic Perception (10:15 -11:00)

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Almogi, University of Hamburg

Physicality and Immanence of Gnosis in rDzogs-chen (11:30-12:15)

Wangchuk, University of Hamburg

Relativity Theory of the Purity and Validity of Perception in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism (12:15-13:00)


15:00 - 16:30

Eltschinger, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

on the Career and Cognition of Yogins (15:00-15:45)

Franco, University of Leipzig

and Metaphysics. On their correspondence and mutual interaction in South Asian Buddhism (15:45-16:30)

Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:45

MacDonald, University of Vienna

in not seeing: the Madhyamaka experience

28 June

- 11:00

Baier, University of Vienna

and Contemplation: Late Medieval to Early Modern Europe(9:30-10:15)

Rastelli, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

God and Becoming Like Him: Yogic Perception and Its Implications in the Tradition of Pāñcarātra(10:15-11:00)

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Grinshpon, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Serpent and the Void; Kundalini and Empty Consciousness in Tantric Yoga (11:30-12:15)

De Michelis, University of Cambridge

do haṭhayogins perceive? Dhyāna (meditation), samādhi (enstasy) and the manipulation of mind, senses and sense-organs (manas, citta,indriyas) in selected classical and modern haṭhayoga texts (12:15-13:00)


15:00 - 16:30

A. Maas, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

Processes, Direct Perception, and [Meditative] Concentration (samādhi / samāpatti) in Classical Sāṃkhya Yoga (15:00-15:45)

Schmücker, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

God’s cognition and normal perception: Yogic Perception according to the later tradition of the Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta (15:45-16:30)

Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:45

Maimon, Tel Aviv University

Phases according to experience with Eastern Philosophies

29 June

- 11:00

Ebert, University of Düsseldorf and University of Leipzig

correlatives of Dharana and their meaning (9:30-10:15)

Baker, Moorpark College, California

Culture, and Consciousness: Some Biocultural Considerations (10:15-11:00)

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15

Riboli, Panteio University, Athens

and Transformation


14:00 - 15:30

Eigner, Medical University of Vienna

of Consciousness through Suffering, Devotion, and Meditation (14:00-14:45)

Kreitler, Tel Aviv University

states of consciousness as structural and functional variations of the cognitive system (14:45-15:30)

30 June

- 11:00

van Quekelberghe, University of Koblenz-Landau

and psychotherapy: The revival of Indian meditative traditions within modern psychology, psychotherapy, & medicine (9:30-10:15)

Rüegg, University of Vienna

and altered states of consciousness: Which scientific concept is helpful? (10:15-11:00)

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Fleck, University of Vienna

Consciousness Disciplines and Knowledge Production: An Epistemological Account (11:30-12:15)

M. DelMonte, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin

Thy Mind and Come to Thy Senses: A De-constructive Path to Inner Peace (12:15-13:00)



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