Rethinking 'Classical Yoga' and Buddhism: Meditation, Metaphors and Materiality

Karen O'Brien-Kop

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This research monograph employs conceptual metaphor theory to investigate philosophy of mind in three c.5th-century CE Sanskrit meditation treatises: the Patanjalayogasastra, the Abhidharmakosabhasya and the Yogacarabhumisastra. The book also challenges the historical framing of these and other texts as 'classical' and applies decolonial thought to how emic labels from South Asian culture might prove more appropriate and useful.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameBloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
PublisherBloomsbury Academic


  • yoga
  • Philosophy
  • philosophy of mind
  • hinduism
  • buddhism
  • indian philosophy
  • conceptual metaphor
  • classical
  • decolonising methodologies

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