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Yogic Perception, Meditation and Altered States of Consciousness

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

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27 June

9:00 - 11:00


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

Opening address

Eli Franco ,Director, Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig
Dagmar Eigner, Institute for the History of Medicine, Medical University of Vienna

John Taber, University of New Mexico

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

Lawrence McCrea, Harvard University

"Just 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

Orna Almogi, University of Hamburg

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

Dorji Wangchuk, University of Hamburg

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


15:00 - 16:30

Vincent Eltschinger, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

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

Eli Franco, University of Leipzig

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

Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:45

Anne MacDonald, University of Vienna

Seeing in not seeing: the Madhyamaka experience

28 June

9:30 - 11:00

Karl Baier, University of Vienna

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

Marion Rastelli, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

Perceiving 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

Yohanan Grinshpon, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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

Elizabeth De Michelis, University of Cambridge

What 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

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

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

Marcus Schmücker, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

Between 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

Oded Maimon, Tel Aviv University

Consciousness Phases according to experience with Eastern Philosophies

29 June

9:30 - 11:00

Dietrich Ebert, University of Düsseldorf and University of Leipzig

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

John Baker, Moorpark College, California

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

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15

Diana Riboli, Panteio University, Athens

Shamans and Transformation


14:00 - 15:30

Dagmar Eigner, Medical University of Vienna

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

Shulamith Kreitler, Tel Aviv University

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

30 June

9:30 - 11:00

Renaud van Quekelberghe, University of Koblenz-Landau

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

Urs Rüegg, University of Vienna

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

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Günther Fleck, University of Vienna

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

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

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



Discussion (open end)

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