Idealism and Yogacara Buddhism

  title={Idealism and Yogacara Buddhism},
  author={Saam Trivedi},
  journal={Asian Philosophy},
  pages={231 - 246}
  • Saam Trivedi
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy
Over the last several years, there has been a growing controversy about whether Yogacara Buddhism can be said to be idealist in some sense, as used to be commonly thought by earlier scholars. In this paper, I first clarify the different senses of idealism that might be pertinent to the debate. I then focus on some of the works of Vasubandhu, limiting myself to his Vimsatika, Trimsika, and Trisvabhavanirdesa. I argue that classical Yogacara Buddhism, at least as found in these works of… 
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