The Tibetan Book of Yoga
Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
By Geshe Michael Roach
(Harmony, Hardcover, 9780385508377, 128pp.)
Publication Date: February 17, 2004
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Yoga came to Tibet from India more than a thousand years ago, and it was quickly absorbed into the culture's rich traditions. In this small book readers will discover Heart Yoga, which developed over the centuries in the Gelukpa tradition of the Dalai Lamas. The program presented here combines popular yoga exercises wtih special Tibetan poses, and methods of working from the inside to give a healthy and a happy heart.
Roach discovered a number of previously unknown Tibetan works on yoga in the course of his ongoing efforts to find and preserve ancient Tibetan Buddhist texts. He discusses the ideas and insights presented in these texts and places them within the context of the Buddhist tradition. To help readers incorporate this ancient wisdom in their daily lives, he provides a specific regime of yoga postures and meditations. Combining instructive illustrations with the unique philosophical underpinnings of the Buddhist approach, Geshe Roach has created a unique program for yoga on a physical and spiritual level.
MICHAEL ROACH is a fully ordained Buddhist monk and has been a teacher of Buddhism since 1981. He was the first American to receive the title of Geshe. He is also a scholar of Sanskrit, Tibetan, and, Russian and has translated many works in these languages into English. He founded the Asian Classic Institute and the Asian Classics Input Project and has been active in the restoration of the Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery, where he received his training. He lives in New York.