My personal opinion is yes.

Yoga philosophy and buddhism are based on common roots and many concepts are very similar or exactly the same.

For example:

  • Noble Eightfold Path are very similar to Yamas in Yoga
  • Concept of Reincarnation
  • Karma
  • Meditation approach as technique to reach enlightenment
  • Meditation positions: actually the lotus posture, usually used in Buddish for meditation, is a yoga asana
  • Yantra
  • Mudras

In general all philosophy born in the area between India/Nepal/Bhutan share the common base culture and so it is difficult to separate one from another.

For example, is this question in line with the scope:

  • Note that the Hinduism.SE site should be launching later today. Some questions about yoga may also end up being on topic there.
    – senshin
    Jun 18, 2014 at 18:04
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    I think Yoga can be considered in the middle of Hinduism and Buddhism and in someway Buddhism is a form of Yoga
    – WonderLand
    Jun 18, 2014 at 18:06
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    Being based on common roots wouldn't be enough, IMO. You'd have to discuss yoga in a Buddhist context, i.e. Buddhist Yoga to allow it on this site; otherwise, where would we draw the line? Jun 18, 2014 at 18:18
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    Is I think you are right because both are such huge argument but in the same time,IMO, it is good approach, not to be to strict in categorize things ... everything is linked at the end.
    – WonderLand
    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:52

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I would argue that yoga philosophy (and yoga more generally) in a Buddhist context is more than acceptable, but not yoga that is divorced from a Buddhist context. Those might be excellent questions, but they won't have much to do with the core of the site.

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    I think that "Buddhist context" makes all the difference. How many people who currently practice yoga also believe in not self, impermanence of all things, etc? The context has a huge effect on how you look at the world
    – Caleb Paul
    Jun 18, 2014 at 22:51
  • Yoga teach not attachment
    – WonderLand
    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:50

I think Yoga (as Patanjali tradition) should not be discussed on Buddhist themed site. Only with exception of comparative buddhology. Then it should be welcome. Like if someone can explain difference of concept of karma between Buddhism and Yoga (or any other school).


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