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Vasubandhu

Seven Works of Vasubandhu - coverSeven Works of Vasubandhu
- the Buddhist Psychological Doctor
- by Stefan Anacker

Vasubandhu is one of the most prominent figures in the development of Mahayana Buddhism in India. His name can be found in any history of Buddhism or of India in the Gupta period. However hardly any of his works has been translated into English.

The seven treatises presented here are complete works with a most varied range of topics and serve at least as an introduction to his thought.

This collection of translations includes the Vada-Vidhi, a work on logic; the Panca-skandhaka-Prakarana, which deals with the 'aggregates' making up 'personality'; the Karmasiddhi-prakarana, which in explaining psychic continuity, also attacks many features of earlier Buddhist psychology; the famous Vimsatika and Trimsika, which take Buddhist psychology into hitherto unexplored areas; the Madhyanta-Vibhaga-bhasya, one of the most profound books for Mahayana realization; and the Tri-svabhava-nirdesa which shows a way for ridding consciousness of ensnaring mental constructions.

VasubandhuA glossary of key words is included, as are the texts of those works which survive in Sanskrit.

Each translation is prefaced by an explanatory introduction and is followed by notes.

These include also references to other Indian philosophical systems and occasional comparisons with modern Western psychological systems, particularly where the latter seem inadequate in comparison with Vasubandhu's Yogacara.
 

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