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A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor

Roy Tzohar


This book is about what metaphors mean and do within Buddhist texts. More specifically, it is about the fundamental Buddhist ambivalence toward language, which is seen as obstructive and yet necessary for liberation, as well as the ingenious response to this tension that one Buddhist philosophical school—the early Indian Yogācāra (3rd–6th century CE)—proposed by arguing that all language use is in fact metaphorical (upacāra). Exploring the profound implications of this claim, the book presents the full-fledged Yogācāra theory of meaning—one that is not merely linguistic, but also perceptual.De ... More

Keywords: Yogācāra, Buddhism, metaphor, upacāra, figurative, Sthiramati, Asaṅga, Vasubandhu, Madhyamaka, theory of meaning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664398
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190664398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Tzohar, author
Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University