Living Yogacara: an introduction to consciousness-only buddhism
A lucid presentation of Yogacara, or Mind-Only, one of the major philosophical schools of Buddhism.
Yogacara had a serious influence on the development of modern Asian philosophical traditions. Well known to scholars and Buddhist practitioners, Yogacara Buddhism remains largely misunderstood due to the fact that, despite its enormous influence, it disappeared as a distinct school at the end of the first millenium. Another possible reason for its failure to achieve enduring popularity is the perception that its complex system of viewpoints, paths, and categories is difficult too grasp. Here, Tagawa Shun'ei makes sense of its seeming unwieldiness. He shows what the Yogacara masters are talking about are, in many cases, everyday experiences shared by all, and that their focal points are things we all take for granted but have no real explanation. Eloquent and approachable, Living Yogacara deepens the reader's understanding of the development of modern Buddhism.