Yogacara: History and Doctrines

Chester (John) Powers

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    This article provides an introduction to Yogācāra. Indian Buddhist thinkers considered a wide range of philosophical problems, and each school was concerned with distinctive issues and adopted characteristic approaches. The Middle Way School (Madhyamaka) was mainly concerned with dialectical debate and applied a reductio ad absurdum (prasaṅga) approach to the analysis of various philosophical systems. The Yogic Practice (Yogācāra) tradition, the other major philosophical strand of ancient and medieval Indian Buddhism, produced a number of influential treatises on epistemology and logic, and it dismissed the Madhyamaka focus on argument as a waste of time and as antithetical to the pursuit of liberation from cyclic existence, which for its proponents was founded on introspective meditation
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy
    EditorsWilliam Edelglass and Jay L. Garfield
    Place of PublicationOxford, UK
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780195328998
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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