The Vimalakirti Sutra. Northern Song dynasty
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The Exchange between Madhyamaka and Yogācāra

In a recent discussion, it was highlighted that view sentient beings as illusory. The focus was on passages from Chapter 7 of the Vimalakīrtinirdeśa, comparing translations by and and examining interpretations by and within the 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 but to facilitate ’ engagement with others. This perspective aims to awaken interlocutors on the path to .

Furthermore, it was suggested that potential parallels exist with later debates on illusion and modern of .

This exploration showcases the enduring relevance of in addressing fundamental about reality and .


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