January 2013

Yogācāra Studies PDF-NOTE: Internet Explorer Users, right click the PDF Icon and choose [save target as] if you are experiencing problems with clicking. Print

Call for Proposals

In light of the success and excitement that our text discussion format has had in recent years, this Group will focus on the following topics:

  • The “Tattvārtha” chapter of the Bodhisattvabhūmi

  • Dharmakīrti’s Santānāntarasiddhi

  • Madhyāntavibhāga — either chapter one or one of the “less familiar” chapters

  • Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika, particularly the section on Yogācāra

  • Yogācāra as a theory of meaning

  • The body in Yogācāra (can include medicine)

  • Intersubjectivity

  • Yogācāra and cognitive science

  • Yogācāra and phenomenology

  • Yogācāra and tantra

  • Why did Hetuvidyā originate in Yogācāra?

Fully-formed papers sessions or roundtables on the above listed or other Yogācāra texts or a section of another Yogācāra text amenable to group discussion are invited and strongly encouraged.


The Yogācāra tradition within Buddhism provides the seminal basis for many forms of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Yogācāra was the preeminent Buddhist school for many centuries in India, East Asia, and Tibet. Even after its relative decline as a distinct tradition, its teachings continued to provide the basis for both the theory and practice of subsequent Buddhist Mahāyāna schools throughout Asia.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to Steering Committee members.


Dan Lusthaus
Harvard University
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C. John Powers
Australian National University
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Method of Submission


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