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Interpretation of Yogacara Philosophy in Huayan Buddhism

Numata Colloquium Series talk featuring Professor HAMAR Imre of Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary), currently Visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Virginia.

Friday, January 16, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
243 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Huayan Buddhism, a philosophical school of Chinese Buddhism was indebted to the Dilun and Shelun schools, the early advocates of Yogacara school in China.  These schools agreed that the ultimate level of consciousness, alayavijnana, tathagatagarbha, or amalavijnana is pure and untainted.  This view was challenged by Xuanzang, who, in accordance with his education of classical Yogacara in India, propounded that the final reality, the alayavijnana, contains both pure and impure seeds, and consequently the pure entity behind the phenomenal world cannot be substantiated.   We are going to show how Huayan masters treated the old and new schools of Yogacara philosophy, how they classified these teachings in their panjiao system, and how they established their own stance based on the tenets of these schools.

Cost : Free and Open to the Public


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