By Jay L. Garfield, Jan Westerhoff

Madhyamaka and Yogacara are the 2 central colleges of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. whereas Madhyamaka asserts the last word vacancy and standard fact of all phenomena, Yogacara is mostly thought of to be idealistic. This choice of essays addresses the measure to which those philosophical ways are constant or complementary.

Indian and Tibetan doxographies usually take those faculties to be philosophical competitors. they're grounded in certain our bodies of sutra literature and undertake what seem to be very diverse positions in regards to the research of vacancy and the prestige of brain. Madhyamaka-Yogacara polemics abound in Indian Buddhist literature, and Tibetan doxographies regard them as specific structures. still, students have attempted to synthesize the 2 positions for hundreds of years. This quantity bargains new essays through renowned specialists on either those traditions, who tackle the query of the measure to which those philosophical methods might be visible as competitors or as allies. In answering the query of even if Madhyamaka and Yogacara could be thought of appropriate, individuals interact with a vast diversity of canonical literature, and relate the texts to modern philosophical problems.

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