2  STUDYGUIDES  for approaching the original Yogācāra

Study Guide #1:  MY Original Book List injected into Huifeng's Study Outline

                          (my original Will Follow)


Leo, 

While that's a fairly comprehensive list, the order is rather problematic, and may cause confusion. Ideally, one needs a good grounding in the Agama tradition first, especially the 


1.) Samyukta-agama 

(2.) the Yogacarabhumi structure is based on this). 


1. a) 10 Sections (Taisho Shinshu Tripitaka) >Agama Section 


[http://eng.buddhapia.com/_Service/buddhapia/0000000249/default.asp?top_menu_cd=0000000249&clss_cd=0002181326&menu_code=0000006838]


1. b) Samyukta Agama Sutra


[http://eng.buddhapia.com/_service/buddhapia/0000000249/default.asp?clss_cd=0002185324&top_menu_cd=0000000249&Menu_code=0000006838]



Then, some basis in the Sarvastivada Abhidharma, such as the Vibhasa. But, not easy to find stuff on this in English.



Book Title: Sarvāstivāda Abhidharma

3rd Edition, 710 pages +

Author: Venerable Professor KL Dhammajoti

Published in Hong Kong by Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong 2007

ISBN: 978-988-99295-1-9

Date of Press: September 2007

HK$220, US$30, GBP 15 (excluding postage) 


Pages from Sarvastivada Abhidharma.pdf 419.06 KB

[http://ibc.ac.th/en/files/Pages%20from%20Sarvastivada%20Abhidharma.pdf]



Added Note:


And rather than reading the Agamas themselves, some quality summary works would suffice. 


Bodhi's Anthology would probably do the trick (while from the Pali, it's sufficiently Sthaviravada to equate with 99% of the Sarvastivada material). 


~~ Huifeng


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Then do a couple of 2.) Sautrantika spin off texts from the Sarvastivada fold, especially the Kosa, but start with the 


1.) Karmasiddhi-prakarana


and maybe even the Panca-skandha-prakarana too. 


(Use Kochumutton for example.) 


1. a) Kochumuttom, T.A., 2008. A Buddhist Doctrine of Experience: A New Translation and Interpretation of the Works of Vasubandhu the Yogacarin, Reprint, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers of India. for background


1. b) Anacker, S., 2002. Seven Works of Vasubandhu: The Buddhist Psychological Doctor 2nd ed., Motilal Books., text on p 83-157



2.) Vasubhandu’s Abhidharma-kośa-bhāsya, trans: Poussin, L.D.L.V., 1990. Abhidharmakosabhasyam, 4 Volume Set 4th ed., Asian Humanities Pr [(c.280-400 CE) (late fourth, mostly 5th Century CE)] [note: the introductions are valuable, and Vasubandhu writes his own explanations for the text. It costs $200.00, yet it is 4 annotated indexed volumes - and like all the texts I will recommend - the money is spent on something that is timeless]



Then, maybe some early Mahayana sutras that the Yogacara co-opted, such as the Samdhinirmocana




The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning, [Saṃdhinirmocana-sūtra],Anon.,(Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series)



Then get into the Yogacara proper, from the 17 bhumis of the Yogacara sastra itself (ignore the later Viniscaya). 



2.) Summary of the Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra prepared by Dan Lusthaus and Charles Muller and found at [http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/outlines/YBh-summary-utf8.htm]



Next, maybe the 20 and 30 verses. 



Thirty Verses on Consciousness Only [Trimsatika]: Translated from the Chinese by Francis H. Cook, this work is the basic text for the Fa-hsiang (Hosso) School of China and Japan and was the last of Vasubandhu's works. [Taishō Tripitaka #1586] [Ch: Wei-shih-san-shih-lun-sung] [Jpn: Yui-shiki-san-ju-ron-ju]


Treatise in Twenty Verses on Consciouness Only [Vimsatika]: Translated from the Chinese by Francis H. Cook, this work is an exposition devoted to the Mind-Only doctrine and also presents a critique of non-Buddhist philosophies and Theravada doctrines. [Taishō Tripitaka #1590] [Ch: Wei-shih-erh-shih-lun] [Jpn: Yui-shiki-ni-ju-ron] 



Abhidharmasamuccaya: The Compendium of the Higher Teaching, author: Asanga, trans: Rahula, W. & Boin-Webb, S., 2001., Asian Humanities Pr.




And gradually branch out into the Samgraha, the Dharma-dharmata-vibhaga, etc. all still Vasu and Asanga stuff.



The Summary of the Great Vehicle,[Mahāyāna-saṃgraha] Asanga, (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series)


Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes - A Study and Annotated Translation of the Madhyantavibhaga, D'Amato, Mario, Columbia University Press, 2011


Dharma-dharmatā-vibhāga (Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being)


Pandeya, R., 1999. Madhyanta-Vibhaga-Sastra: Containing The Karika-s Of Maitreya Bhasya Of Vasubandhu And Tika By Sthiramati, Motilal Banarsidass,. NOT A TRANSLATION!



Finally get into the Dharmapala type Vijnaptimatra, and you can go through the original works of Xuanzang, Kuiji etc. for this, 


eg. the Verses delineating the eight cognitions; and the whole Vijnapti-matrata-siddhi if you can (or are game!). 


PDF: The Vijnaptimatrata Buddhism Of The Chinese Monk K'uei-Chi (A.D. 632-682) By Alan Sponberg [https://circle.ubc.ca/bitstream/handle/2429/21894/UBC_1979_A1%20S66.pdf?sequence=1], [Chapter #3 of Ta-sheng fa- yuan i-Zin chang, author: K’uei-Chi, Taishō Tripitaka #26?]



There is a saying in Japanese scholarship: Study abhidharma for eight years, and then (Yogacara) Mahayana for two. 



In other words, that Abhidharma foundation is really, really important. 



If you are really serious, check out these: http://www.hku.hk/buddhism/Publications.html 



Esp. Sarvastivada Abhidharma, but also the Entrance. (Ignore the Theravada stuff for what you are interested in.) 



~~ Huifeng


Leo, 


Into the last category, Dharmapala's Vijnaptimatra stuff, you can definitely add 


the Verses Delineating the Eight Cognitions


along with 


the *Vijnaptimatrata-siddhi sastra.



~~ Huifeng


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Study Guide #2:  MY Original Book List organized as a Study Outline



This is what I have assembled so far


Searching for the Yogacara breathing in their own atmosphere - a course outline I prepared for myself in a bubble of vacuum in the Pacific Northwest:


Vasubandu and the Yogacara in their own Atmosphere



”Dedicated with the recognition that the Buddha 

spoke, not in just one country or era, 

but wherever people with Bodhisattva motivation follow him. 

The categories of sect and scholar 

can not limit the qualities of that voice.” 


- Leo Rivers, Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:48 am, Garage House, Cottage Grove, OR




As a practitioner reared as a Buddhist, (after taking refuge), in the Buddhist Categories of Tibet, my discovery of Vasubhandu (c.280-400 CE) in the context of the Yogācāra school in India as a "thing in itself”, as seen in China and Japan, (and in India up to the destruction of Buddhism there), has arrived with a kind of intellectual vertigo for me. 


I was unused to a presentation of Asaṅga and Vasubandhu that breathes in an atmosphere in which they themselves were permitted to define themselves. So again - my target is to enjoy a presentation of the Yogācāra of Asaṅga and Vasubandhu that breathes in an atmosphere in which the Yogācāra defines itself.




I. Introductory Study:


• An informed and lovely taste of the feel of living life with the perspective of a Yogācāra Buddhist:


Living Yogacara: An Introduction to Consciousness-Only Buddhism, author: Tagawa Shun’ei, trans: Charles Muller. 



• A clear presentation of Vasubandhu’s scheme of the factors of experience by the late Chan Master Hsuan Hua, (Xuānhuà):



Shastra on the Door to Understanding the Hundred Dharmas 1st ed., Bodhisattva Vasubandhu. & Hua, H., 2007. , Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.



• Sources for background:


Stanford: [http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/vasubandhu/] (authoritative)


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: [http://www.iep.utm.edu/vasubandhu/] (authoritative)


Dan Lusthaus on Vasubandhu : [http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/thinkers/vasubandhu-bio-asc.htm] (authoritative, but … there is academic backstory to digest further on)


wiki: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogacara] (read with caution! not peer reviewed)


wiki: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asanga] (read with caution! not peer reviewed)


wiki: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasubandhu] (read with caution! not peer reviewed)


• Controversial Opinion Piece


PDF: “What is and isn't Yogācāra” by Dan Lusthaus. [http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/articles/intro-uni.htm]



II. Middle Study:


The India Side:



The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning, [Saṃdhinirmocana-sūtra],Anon.,(Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series) 


Abhidharmasamuccaya: The Compendium of the Higher Teaching, author: Asanga, trans: Rahula, W. & Boin-Webb, S., 2001., Asian Humanities Pr.


The Summary of the Great Vehicle,[Mahāyāna-saṃgraha] Asanga, (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series) 



from: Three Texts on Consciousness Only (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series) (9781886439047): Research, Numata Center for Buddhist Translation - 



Thirty Verses on Consciousness Only [Trimsatika]: Translated from the Chinese by Francis H. Cook, this work is the basic text for the Fa-hsiang (Hosso) School of China and Japan and was the last of Vasubandhu's works. [Taishō Tripitaka #1586] [Ch: Wei-shih-san-shih-lun-sung] [Jpn: Yui-shiki-san-ju-ron-ju]

Treatise in Twenty Verses on Consciousness Only [Vimsatika]: Translated from the Chinese by Francis H. Cook, this work is an exposition devoted to the Mind-Only doctrine and also presents a critique of non-Buddhist philosophies and Theravada doctrines. [Taishō Tripitaka #1590] [Ch: Wei-shih-erh-shih-lun] [Jpn: Yui-shiki-ni-ju-ron]


PDF: Trisvabhāva And Mārga-Satya In The Mahāyāna Sūtrālaṃkāra, Satya Huifeng, 9aka: Shi Huifeng), [no longer available] 



PDF: Verses Delineating the Consciousnesses, Xuangzang, Vajra Bodhi, 1997, Ronald Epstein’s explanation and PDF of magazine version with Chinese, [http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/Yogacara/BasicVersessontents.htm


The China side:


Point by Point commentary on the Heart Sutra from both the Mādhyamika from the Yogācāra perspectives


A Comprehensive Commentary on the Heart Sutra, Kuiji, Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, 2001. [/ K'uei-chi (c. 632–682 CE)], [Taishō Tripitaka #1710]. 


Learning the Vijnaptimatrata path of Meditation


Kuiji’s [/ K'uei-chi (c. 632–682 CE)]

PDF: The Vijnaptimatrata Buddhism Of The Chinese Monk K'uei-Chi (A.D. 632-682) By Alan Sponberg [https://circle.ubc.ca/bitstream/handle/2429/21894/UBC_1979_A1%20S66.pdf?sequence=1], [Chapter #3 of Ta-sheng fa- yuan i-Zin chang, author: K’uei-Chi, Taishō Tripitaka #26?]



III. Advanced Study: 


Learning the Factors of Experience


Vasubhandu’s Abhidharma-kośa-bhāsya, trans: Poussin, L.D.L.V., 1990. Abhidharmakosabhasyam, 4 Volume Set 4th ed., Asian Humanities Pr [(c.280-400 CE) (late fourth, mostly 5th Century CE)] [note: the introductions are valuable, and Vasubandhu writes his own explanations for the text. It costs $200.00, yet it is 4 annotated indexed volumes - and like all the texts I will recommend - the money is spent on something that is timeless]


IV. In Depth Study: 


from: Three Texts on Consciousness Only (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series) (9781886439047): Research, Numata Center for Buddhist Translation - 


Demonstration of Consciousness Only: [Ch'eng-wei-shih-lun]]: Translated from the Chinese by Francis H. Cook, this work is a commentary on Vasubandhu's Trimsika (No.55) and gives an exposition of the Yogacara or Mind-Only school. [Taishō Tripitaka #1585] [Ch: Ch'eng-wei-shih-lun] [Jpn: Jo-yui-shiki-ron]


A Modern Commentary on the Ch'eng-wei-shih-lun:


Read first:


• Harsh Review by Alexander L. Mayer: [http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/files/2010/05/mayer_review_lusthaus1.pdf]


• Critical Review by William S. Waldron: [http://www.orientalia.org/article609.html]


• Benign Review by Charles Muller: [http://www.acmuller.net/reviews/rev-buddhist_phenomenology-pew.html] and [http://www.acmuller.net/reviews/rev-buddhist_phenomenology-pew.html]


Then read - taking above reviews into informed consideration: 


Lusthaus, D., 2003. Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch’eng Wei-shih Lun, RoutledgeCurzon.


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On-Line Essays and Articles on Yogācāra Buddhism


from:


http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/articles/index.html


Epstein, Ronald. "The Transformation of Consciousness into Wisdom in the Chinese Consciousness-only School According to the Cheng Wei-shi Lun." (Originally published in Vajra Bodhi Sea, Jan., Feb., Mar., 1985.


Lusthaus, Dan. "What is and isn't Yogācāra?."


—. "A Retrospective of 20th Century Western Scholarship on Yogâcāra."


Moro, Shigeki 茂樹. 慈蘊『法相髄脳』の復原と解釈 "Jiun's 'Hossō Ziusō' no fukugen to kaishaku." (A paper on the text of Jiun, a Heian-period Hossō monk (Japanese)

Waldron, William S. "Buddhist Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Thinking about 'Thoughts without a Thinker'." AAR 2002 Annual Meeting, Toronto, November 20, 2002 (Yogācāra Seminar)


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