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Abhidharma-dīpa

Abhidharma-dīpa  

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‘Lamp of Abhidharma’, being a Sarvāstivādin Abhidharma text of uncertain authorship, though sometimes thought to have been composed by Vasumitra in response to Vasubandhu's Abhidharma-kośa. The text, ...
Abhidharma-samuccaya

Abhidharma-samuccaya  

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An Abhidharma text composed in prose by the Yogācārin scholar-monk Asaṇga. Largely Mahāyāna in orientation, the treatise conforms in structure to the pattern of traditional Abhidharma texts. This ...
abhūta-parikalpa

abhūta-parikalpa  

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(Skt., the process of imagining or projecting what is unreal). A key Yogācāra concept describing the function of the ‘other-dependent’ or ‘relative’ (paratantra) nature (svabhāva) by which the false ...
ālaya

ālaya  

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(Skt.).1 Basis, substratum; sometimes used simply as an abbreviation for the Yogācāra concept of the ‘storehouse consciousness’ (ālaya-vijñāna) but also found in Tibetan Buddhist usage as a distinct ...
ālaya-vijñāna

ālaya-vijñāna  

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(Skt.). The eighth consciousness, being the substratum or ‘storehouse’ consciousness according to the philosophy of the Yogācāra school. The ālaya-vijñāna acts as the receptacle in which the ...
amala-vijñāna

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(Skt.). The ‘unsullied consciousness’, a term used in Paramārtha's system of Yogācāra and equivalent in many repects to Buddha-nature or the tathāgata-garbha.
apratisaṃkhyā-nirodha

apratisaṃkhyā-nirodha  

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(Skt.). A state of trance known as ‘unconscious cessation’ that arises during meditation but which is uninformed by insight (prajñā). In the Abhidharmic systems of the Sarvāstivāda andYogacāra ...
Asaṇga

Asaṇga  

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Along with Maitreyanātha, the historical co-founder of the Yogācāra school of Mahāyāna Buddhism and half-brother of Vasubandhu. Born in north-west India during the 4th century ce, he was originally a ...
āśraya-parāvṛtti

āśraya-parāvṛtti  

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(Skt.). ‘The manifestation of the basis’, a term used in Yogācāra works to describe the manifestation of inherent Buddha-nature once the mind has been cleared of adventitious impurities ...
bīja

bīja  

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A sound composed of a single syllable that is employed as part of a mantra, or as an entire mantra in itself, the best known example of the latter being oṃ. A seed syllable has no semantic content in ...
Buddhism

Buddhism  

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Western term which became established in popular usage in the 1830s to refer to the teachings of the Buddha. There is no direct equivalent for this term in Sanskrit or Pāli. Instead, indigenous ...
citta-mātra

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(Skt., mere mind). A term derived from the Laṇkāvatāra Sūtra used in a loose and somewhat misleading manner in Tibetan Buddhist doxology to denote the Yogācāra school of Mahāyāna Buddhism.
Dharma-dharmatā-vibhāga

Dharma-dharmatā-vibhāga  

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(Skt.). A short Yogācāra work, attributed to Maitreyanātha, which discusses the distinction and correlation (vibhāga) between phenomena (dharma) and reality (dharmatā). The work exists in both a ...
Dharmakīrti

Dharmakīrti  

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A Yogācāra/Vijñānavāda Buddhist logician of the 7th cent. ce, and author of seven treatises originally intended as commentaries on the work of Dignāga but eventually superseding the latter as the ...
Dharmapāla

Dharmapāla  

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One of the leading exponents of the Yogācāra school in India.a contemporary of Bhāvaviveka, active during the early decades of the 7th century ce and dying young at the age of 32. Eventually based at ...
Dignāga

Dignāga  

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Buddhist logician who flourished towards the end of the 5th cent. ce. His greatest work is the Pramāṇa-samuccaya which combines many of his earlier insights into a complete system of ...
Fa-hsiang

Fa-hsiang  

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A school of Chinese Buddhism, also known as Dharma-character, which continued the teaching of Vijñavāda (Yogācāra), based on the writings of Asaṅga and Vasubandhu. It was founded by Hsüan-tsang ...
gotra

gotra  

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(Skt., ‘cow-shed’, ‘assemblage’, ‘clan’).In India, the exogamous group of all persons (especially brahmans) related by descent through the male line from a common male ancestor.In Mahāyāna Buddhism ...
grāhya-grāhaka

grāhya-grāhaka  

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(Skt.). The ‘grasped’ and the ‘grasper’; a Yogācāra term for the duality of a perceiving subject and perceived objects. The school attributes the perception of duality to a false imagining ...
Hossō

Hossō  

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One of the Six Schools of Nara Buddhism in Japan.this school consisted of scholar-monks whose primary concern was the texts and doctrines of the Fa-hsiang school of China (of which Hossō is the ...

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