Yoga and Buddhism are sister traditions which evolved in the same spiritual culture of ancient India. They use many of the same terms and follow many of the same principles and practices. For this reason it is not surprising that many spiritual seekers see Yoga and Buddhist teachings as almost identical. The differences that have kept them apart as separate traditions are less obvious to us in the West than their commonalities. Those who study Buddhism may find so much similarity in Yoga that they suspect a strong Buddhist influence on Yoga. Those who study Yoga may find so much similarity in Buddhism that they see a strong yogic influence on Buddhism. But, are these two teachniques the same or not…? To answer this question I’ve invited Prasadachitta Dharmachari
Prasadachitta Dharmachari is an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Community and teaches meditation, yoga and Buddhism at the San Francisco Buddhist Center.