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Christopher Tompkins
South Asian Studies (Ph.D.)

My Focus Is On The Comparative Study Of Yoga In South Asian Religious Schools, Particularly Between Hindu Shaivite And Yogachara Buddhist Conceptions Of Yoga Philosophy And Practice. My Course Work Is Centered On The Engagement Of Sanskrit Texts, Which Is Done Under The Tutelage Of My Primary Professor, Robert Goldman. My Research Includes A Study Of The History Of The Shaiva Siddhanta Community In 7th Century Tamil Nadu, With An Aim To Elucidate The Possible Influences That The Tamil Cittars (Yogis) Had On The Comissioning Of The Famous Bas-relief Rock Carving Known As "Arjuna's Penance," Found In The Ancient Sea-coast Town Of Mamallapuram. I Am Also Engaged In A Project Entitled: "The History Of Yoga From The Vedas To The Upanishads: The Evolution Of Vedic Sacrifice Into The Systematic Development Of The Yoga Sutra's Ashta Angas." This Research Will Attempt To Compartmentalize The Development Of Yoga As A System Of Specific Psycho-somatic Practices Engaged In With The Goal Of Promulgating Spiritual Liberation, A System That Would Eventually Become One Of The Six "Darshanas" (schools) Of Classical Hindu Philosophy, As Expounded In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. 

Comparative Study Of Yoga And Conceptions Of Yoga Philosophy
South Asian Studies (Ph.D.)
GraduateStudent