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The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy$
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Jan Westerhoff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198732662.001.0001

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(p.147) 3 Yogācāra
The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy

Jan Westerhoff

Oxford University Press

This chapter is divided into six sections. The first examines five stages in the development of Yogācāra: the early Yogācāra sūtras, the Yogācāra works of Maitreya, Asaṅga, Vasubandhu, and later development of Yogācāra. The second section concerns Yogācāra proofs of Buddhist doctrines (rebirth, momentariness, the existence of other minds). A discussion of key Yogācāra concepts follows: cittamātra, ālayavinjñāna, trisvabhāva, svasaṃvedana, the three turnings, and tathāgatagarbha. After a discussion of factors that shaped Yogācāra philosophy the fifth section turns to the relation of Yogācāra to other schools of Buddhist philosophy, with a particular focus on its relation to Madhyamaka and Śāntarakṣita’s view of the relation of the two schools. The final sixth section examines the relation between Yogācāra and Vedānta.

Keywords:   Yogācāra, Maitreya, Asaṅga, Vasubandhu, cittamātra, ālayavinjñāna, trisvabhāva, svasaṃvedana, tathāgatagarbha, Vedānta

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