Indian Yog?c?ra Buddhism:

A historical perspective

Authored by: William S. Waldron

History of Indian Philosophy

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415309769
eBook ISBN: 9781315666792
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The Yog?c?ra school of Indian Mah?y?na Buddhism developed in the third to fifth centuries CE and became influential in later traditions in India, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. It is noteworthy for its theories of the three Buddha-Bodies, the unconscious construction (?laya-vijñ?na) of our ‘shared world,’ and Cognition-Only or Mind-Only (vijñapti-m?tra; citta-m?tra). Yog?c?ra has traditionally been taken as advocating idealism, that only mind inherently exists. This chapter presents Yog?c?ra in its deeper historical context and argues that its cognitive theories are intended as antidotes to the problem of reification, not as idealistic ontologies.

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