Buddhist phenomenology, A philosophical investigation of Yogācāra Buddhism and the Chʼeng Wei-shih lun

Buddhist phenomenology, A philosophical investigation of Yogācāra Buddhism and the Chʼeng Wei-shih lun

Dan Lusthaus


Yogacara Buddhism as a different and significant college first attracted the
attention of Western students early within the 20th century. The enormity and
complexity of Yogäcära has posed a frightening, yet lucrative problem to the
Western students who've tried to take on it.
At the start of the 20th century a number of the seminal Indian
Yogacara texts have been not extant of their unique Sanskrit yet in simple terms in
Chinese or Tibetan translations. With intrepid decision, already in the
nineteenth century students comparable to Pelliot, Stein, and Levy, scoured India and
Central Asia trying to find historical, forgotten websites and texts, frequently successfully
relying at the travelogue composed by way of Hsüan -tsang within the 7th centurythe
Hsi yu chi (Record of Western Lands) to find and determine such places.
Propelled via the invention of lengthy misplaced Sanskrit manuscripts (e.g., Sylvain
Levy's discovery in Nepal and next publishing of Asaiiga's
Mahäyänasütralamkära and Sthiramati's statement on Vasubandhu's
Trimsika)' and the enormous translation efforts of Louis de l. a. Vallee Poussin
(especially the Ch'eng wei -shih Jun and, from Hsüan - tsang's chinese language rendering,
the comparable Abhidharmakoia of Vasubandhu, ahead of the Sanskrit textual content was
rediscovered),2 and achieving a fruits in Etienne Lamotte's French
translation of Asai ga's Mahliysnasamgraha with the commentaries of
Vasubandhu and *AsvabhAva utilizing the chinese language and Tibetan types (the
Sanskrit remains to be lost),' students all started making on hand, in Western language
translations, prolonged examples of the YogicAra procedure with all its categorial
and terminological complexity. This part of Western Yogäcara studies
primarily hired philological and old methodologies built in
European 19th century bible study.

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