Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy

Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy


The Indian Buddhist thinker Vasubandhu (fourth–fifth century C.E.) is understood for his severe contribution to Buddhist Abhidharma proposal, his flip to the Mahayana culture, and his concise, influential Yogacara–Vijñanavada texts. Paving the nice Way unearths one other measurement of his legacy: his integration of numerous doubtless incompatible highbrow and scriptural traditions, with far-ranging results for the improvement of Buddhist epistemology and the theorization of tantra.

Most students learn Vasubandhu's texts in isolation and separate his highbrow improvement into specific levels. that includes shut experiences of Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosabhasya, Vyakhyayukti, Vimsatika, and Trisvabhavanirdesa, between different works, this publication identifies recurrent remedies of causality and scriptural interpretation that unify unique strands of idea less than a unmarried, coherent Buddhist philosophy. In Vasubandhu's palms, the Buddha's rejection of the self as a fake building offers a framework in which to explain complicated philosophical matters, equivalent to the character of ethical supplier and subjectivity below a greatly causal worldview. spotting this continuity of function throughout Vasubandhu's assorted corpus recasts the pursuits of the thinker and his really cutting edge imaginative and prescient, which prompted Buddhist notion for a millennium and keeps to resonate with contemporary philosophical matters. An appendix contains broad English-language translations of the key texts discussed.

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