The Exchange between Madhyamaka and Yogācāra
In a recent discussion, it was highlighted that Bodhisattvas view sentient beings as illusory. The focus was on passages from Chapter 7 of the Vimalakīrtinirdeśa, comparing translations by Kumārajīva and Xuanzang and examining interpretations by Jizang and Kuiji within the Madhyamaka and Yogācāra traditions.
The analysis highlighted a shift in focus from Madhyamaka’s emphasis on empty existence to Yogācāra’s compassionate action.
It was argued that Yogācārins view illusory phenomena positively, not to reinforce ignorance but to facilitate Bodhisattvas’ engagement with others. This perspective aims to awaken interlocutors on the path to enlightenment.