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Yogācāra

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posted on 2011-05-01, 00:00 authored by John PowersJohn Powers
This article provides an introduction to Yogācāra. Indian Buddhist thinkers considered a wide range of philosophical problems, and each school was concerned with distinctive issues and adopted characteristic approaches. The Middle Way School (Madhyamaka) was mainly concerned with dialectical debate and applied a reductio ad absurdum (prasaṅga) approach to the analysis of various philosophical systems. The Yogic Practice (Yogācāra) tradition, the other major philosophical strand of ancient and medieval Indian Buddhism, produced a number of influential treatises on epistemology and logic, and it dismissed the Madhyamaka focus on argument as a waste of time and as antithetical to the pursuit of liberation from cyclic existence, which for its proponents was founded on introspective meditation.

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Title of book

The Oxford handbook of world philosophy

Chapter number

20

Pagination

1 - 12

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Place of publication

New York, N.Y.

ISBN-13

9780195328998

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2011, Oxford University Press, Inc.

Extent

50

Editor/Contributor(s)

W Edelglass, J Garfield

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