Yogācāra Contributions

  • Chris Gudmunsen


The Mādhyamika and the Yogācāra are the two main Mahāyāna schools. The difference of approach is nicely summed up by Conze:

Mādhyamikas and Yogācārins supplement one another To the Mādhyamikas ‘wisdom’ is everything and they have very little to say about dhyāna, whereas the Yogācārins give more weight to the experiences of ‘trance’. The first annihilate the world by a ruthless analysis which develops from the Abhidharma tradition. The second effect an equally ruthless withdrawal from everything by the traditional method of trance.1


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