Conference Programme: Medicine and Yoga in South and Inner Asia: Body Cultivation, Therapeutic Intervention and the Sowa Rigpa Industry

Dagmar Wujastyk

The joint conference of AyurYog with three other Vienna projects on Asian medicine is coming up and we are delighted to announce the programme. The conference is open to the public. Come and join us for what promises to be an exciting event!


TUESDAY, August 1st

9.00 Welcoming addresses and acknowledgements

Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
Dagmar Wujastyk (ERC Starting Grant AyurYog)
Stephan Kloos (ERC Starting Grant RATIMED)
Barbara Gerke (FWF Lise-Meitner Senior Research Fellowship)
Katharina Sabernig (FWF project P26129-G21)



Chair: Dagmar Wujastyk

9.30 Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania
Immortal matters: the material culture of longevity practices, 16th – 18th CE

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Fabrizio Speziale, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3
Rasaśāstra, rasāyana and Persian medical culture in South Asia

12.00 Herbert Schwabl, PADMA AG, Switzerland
Asian medicines in Europe – perspectives for the future

13.00 Lunch break

Session 1: chair: Suzanne Newcombe

14.30 Katharina Sabernig, Medical University of Vienna
Topography and proportions of the body in Asian medical traditions

15.00 Dagmar Wujastyk, University of Vienna
Rasāyana in Sanskrit alchemical literature

15.30 Christèle Barois, University of Vienna
Longevity practices from the Chāndogya Upaniṣad onwards

16.00 Coffee break

Session 2, chair: Christèle Barois

16.30 Tenzin Lhundup, Men-Tsee-Khang, Dharamsala, India
Approach of Tibetan medicine towards healthy longevity

17.00 Philipp Maas, University of Leipzig
On Caraka’s account of the origin of rasāyana

WEDNESDAY, August 2nd

Session 3, chair: Barbara Gerke

9.30 Stephan Kloos & Harilal Madhavan, Institute for Social Anthropology,

10.00 Damdinsuren Natsagdorj, Manba Datsan Mongolian Traditional
Medicine and Training Centre, Ulaanbaatar
Current status and future trends of development of Mongolian traditional

10.30 Coffee break

Session 4, chair: Katharina Sabernig

11.00 Gudrun Bühnemann, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Śiva as the conqueror of death and lord of the nectar of immortality

11.30 Petra Maurer, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
The various names and forms of “Tibetan Yoga”

12.00 Barbara Gerke, University of Vienna
Entangled Efficacies in the Biographies of Tibetan Precious Pills

12.30 Lunch break

Session 5, chair: Christèle Barois

14.00 Suzanne Newcombe, Inform, LSE
Longevity practices in India during the modern period: public health
imperatives and individual aspirations

14.30 Karl Baier, University of Vienna
Yoga and alchemy within fin de siècle occultism

15.00 Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Goldsmiths, University of London
Exploring the Asian roots of Roger Bacon’s medical alchemy

15.30 Coffee break

Session 6, chair: Stephan Kloos

16.00 Jason Birch, Haṭha Yoga Project, SOAS, London
Liberation and immortality in early haṭha and rājayoga traditions

16.30 Sienna Craig & Calum Blaikie


Session 6, chair: Barbara Gerke

9.30 Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University
Tantric immortality: the factors of long life and the transcendence of time.

10.00 Jan van der Valk, University of Kent, Canterbury
The pharmaceutical becomings of Tibetan medicines in Switzerland:
making things with humans along PADMA’s assembly line

10.30 Coffee break

Session 7, chair: Stephan Kloos

11.00 Ilona Kędzia, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Medicine, alchemy and yoga in the esoteric language of the Vaittiya

11.30 Anna Sehnalova, Oxford University
Tibetan Bonpo Mendrub: the Bonpo precious formula's transmission and

12.00 Florian Ploberger, independent scholar, Vienna
A comparative study between Chinese formulas and Tibetan formulas:
differences and opportunities

13.00 Lunch break

Session 8, chair: Katharina Sabernig

14.30 Isabella Würthner, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Curing menstrual disorders in Tibetan medical literature

15.00 Ian Baker, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Intoxicating solutions: therapeutic and medicinal use of psychoactive
substances in tantric Buddhism

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Final discussion
Chair: Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University

Conference Programme: Medicine and Yoga in South and Inner Asia: Body Cultivation, Therapeutic Intervention and the Sowa Rigpa Industry

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