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Noun1.Yogacara - one of the main traditions of Mahayana Buddhism; holds that the mind is real but that objects are just ideas or states of consciousness
Mahayana Buddhism, Mahayana - one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing a common search for universal salvation especially through faith alone; the dominant religion of China and Tibet and Japan
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He also rightly notes that "the foundations for an idealistic philosophical turn are, in fact, well established within the earliest textual traditions of canonical Buddhism." Nonetheless, he concludes that "the meditative experiences of the Saddhsu [=Saddharmasmrtyupasthanasutra] yogacara-s, coupled with certain doctrinal notions about the relationship between mind-consciousness and sense experience, laid the foundations for frameworks of thought that border on idealism." His argument is not totally unreasonable, but, in my opinion, he exaggerates the connection with Vijnanavada.
(7) This is not the case for the other major branch of mainstream Mahayana--the Yogacara (also known as Cittamatra and Vijnanavada).
Yogacara, then, connotes the original and early development of the tradition, while Vijnanavada connotes the tradition's novel ontological and epistemological turn.
The idealist doctrine I discuss is Vijnanavada, as endorsed by the Buddhist Vasubandhu (4th-5th century), rather than Berkelyean idealism, although Berkeley's characterization of external space as "that phantom"(1) sits rather well with Vijnanavada.
He also engages the ideas of Adis'esa's principal interlocutors--the Samkhya and Vedanta--though the former is addressed primarily via a silent synthesis of that school's ontology into a Trika framework, and criticism of the latter school is coupled with that of the Buddhist Vijnanavada, another idealist tradition (p.
Sheng-Yen, too, attributed the success of Daoxuan's preceptive lineage to his peculiar Vijnanavada approach, which was favored by Chinese Mahayanists.