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Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy

Jonathan Gold


The Indian Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu (fourth-fifth century ce) is known for his critical contribution to Buddhist Abhidharma thought, his turn to the Mahāyāna tradition, and his concise, influential Yogācāra-Vijñānavāda texts. This book reveals another dimension of his legacy: his integration of several seemingly incompatible intellectual and scriptural traditions, with far-ranging consequences for the development of Buddhist epistemology and the theorization of tantra. Most scholars read Vasubandhu's texts in isolation and separate his intellectual development into distinct phases. Feat ... More

Keywords: Vasubanha, Buddhist Abhidharma thought, Mahāyāna tradition, Yogācāra-Vijñānavāda texts, causality, scriptural interpretation, Buddha, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231168267
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Gold, author
Princeton University