idealism, Yogacara etc.

Erik Hoogcarspel jehms at KABELFOON.NL
Thu Dec 28 19:42:06 UTC 2000

I 'm not very impressed by Anackers translations, I would advise Thomas
E. Wood: 'Mind Only' - Motilal 1994 / Hawaii U.P. 1991 - ISBN 81-208-1239-X

and a happy 2001


Lynken Ghose wrote:

> Satya Upadhya:
> In regards to the part of your posting which mentioned Yogaacaara as an
> "idealistic" school and also S. Hodge's posting, one way of investigating
> this point alone (i.e. whether it is truly an idealist school) would
> be to
> look at Stefan Anacker's "Seven Works of Vasubandhu" and Thomas
> Kochumuttom's "A Buddhist Doctrine of Experience".
> Within Anacker's book, you can read through the Madhyaanta-vibhaaga in
> both
> Sanskrit and/or English and perhaps the Trisvabhaava (3 essence or
> natures)-nirdesa.
> Through grappling with the trisvabhaava (3 essences or natures) doctrine,
> perhaps you can get some idea of whether or not this school is truly 100%
> idealism. My impression is that it is not, but I'm not a specialist in
> Yogaacaara. The reason I say that it is probably not is due to the
> doctrine
> of paratantra svabhaava or dependent nature. It seems that this
> svabhaava is
> indicating reality as it is, although I could be wrong.
> Another way to investigate the 3 nature/essence theory would be to
> look at
> Ake Boquist's review of much of the Yogaacaara literature related to this
> doctrine. Boquist has published a short book (about 100 pgs. or so) in
> which
> he translates passages from the Samdhinirmocana, Mahayaanasuutraalamkaara
> etc.
> Also, there was a good panel at the AAR this year on Yogaacaara.
> Hope this helps,
> Lynken Ghose
> PS. I agree with S. Hodge's posting about s'uunyavaada not being
> idealistic.
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