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By Thomas A. Kochumuttom

Giving a brand new translation and interpretation of the elemental works of Vasubandhu the yogacarin, the writer indicates that Yogacara metaphysics is largely similar to that of the early Buddhism. He contends that the Yogacara writings are open to interpretation when it comes to reasonable pluralism, and therefore demanding situations their conventional interpretation by way of idealistic monism. His translation is trustworthy to the unique, arguments convincing and constant, and presentation transparent and readable. The texts translated and interpreted are (i) Madhyanta-vibhago-karika-bhasya, (ii) Trisvabhava-nirdesa, (iii) Trimsatika and (iv) Vimsatika. The doctrine of expertise awarded by means of those texts could be summarised within the phrases of the writer as keep on with: The adventure of samsara is composed essentially in one's being pressured to view oneself because the grasper (grahaka), the enjoyer (bhoktr), knower (jnatr) of all beings, that are then considered because the graspable (grahya), the relaxing (bhojya), the knowable (jneya). There one can't support mentally developing the excellence among the topic and the item, the grasper and the graspable, the enjoyer and the enjoyable..."

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It is beyond subject-object charac­ terization. 2. T he Im agin atio n o f th e U n rea l Terms explained Verse 2, which opens the m ain discussion, makes a few crucial statements, which along with V asubandhu’s com m entary on them, should be considered the key-stones of the whole system. “There, beginning with the definitions, [the text] says” : [M V K I. 1 This stanza contains four clear statements which I consider to be the key-stones of the entire system. Those statements are: 1. Abhuta-parikalpo'sti dvayam tatra na vidyate Sunyatd vidyate tu-atra tasydm-api sa vidyate.

6. g T d h ya -g ra h a ka yo T -a sa ttv a m -ev a a scd -la k sa ria m . M VKBT, I. 7 . 7. Such an identification is suggested, for example, by the passage quoted below under note 8. 8. Aparijnata-asal-laksano hi-abh uta-parikalpah kleSa-karma-janma-sanklelaya sampravartate. M V K B T. I. 7. 14 A Buddhist Doctrine o f Experience ultim ate motive of the authors is moral or religious, namely to dissuade the disciples from indulging in the enjoyments of samsara. Therefore, what they are attacking is the graspable-grasper dualism, not the ontological pluralism.

7. 6. g T d h ya -g ra h a ka yo T -a sa ttv a m -ev a a scd -la k sa ria m . M VKBT, I. 7 . 7. Such an identification is suggested, for example, by the passage quoted below under note 8. 8. Aparijnata-asal-laksano hi-abh uta-parikalpah kleSa-karma-janma-sanklelaya sampravartate. M V K B T. I. 7. 14 A Buddhist Doctrine o f Experience ultim ate motive of the authors is moral or religious, namely to dissuade the disciples from indulging in the enjoyments of samsara. Therefore, what they are attacking is the graspable-grasper dualism, not the ontological pluralism.

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