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  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781559394659
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1872
  • RRP: $135.00

A Compendium Of The Mahayana

Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries



The first complete English translation of Asa?ga's Mahayanasa?graha, the most important and comprehensive Indian Yogacara text, and all its available Indian commentaries.

These three volumes discuss virtually everything anybody might want to know about the Yogacara school, one of the two mainstream approaches of the mahayana. The ten chapters of the Mahayanasa?graha present a complete overview of the Yogacara view, such as the nature and operation of the eight kinds of consciousnesses, the often-misunderstood notion of "mind only" (cittamatra), dependent origination, the cultivation of the path, and its fruition in terms of the four wisdoms and the three kayas of a buddha.

The first volume's introduction gives an overview of the Mahayanasa?graha and its Indian and Tibetan commentaries and includes a comprehensive exposition of two crucial elements of the Yogacara view--the alaya-consciousness and the afflicted mind (kli??amanas). This volume concludes with English translations of the Mahayanasa?graha and its commentary by Vasubandhu. Volume 2 contains English renderings of the commentary by Asvabhava and an anonymous Indian commentary on only the first chapter of the Mahayanasa?graha. All these translations are supplemented in the endnotes by excerpts from Tibetan commentaries and related passages in other Indian and Chinese Yogacara works. Finally, the appendices in volume 3 include a number of excerpts from other Indian Yogacara texts, as well as supplementary materials on major Yogacara topics in the Mahayanasa?graha.

  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781559394659
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1872
  • RRP: $135.00

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