Yogacara Buddhism: a sympathetic description and suggestion for use in Western theology and philosophy of religion

David Pensgard


A defense of Yogacara Buddhism in light of contemporary trends in Western philosophy and theology, this paper begins with an historical survey and proceeds with a comparative analysis. Yogacara was successful in addressing the same problems 1600 years ago that many in the West have failed to address, or even recognize today. With its metaphysical and epistemological implications, Yogacara may also be employed in the resolution of, or continuing investigation into, long-standing problems within Christian theology over and against the Greek metaphysics of presence.


Yogacara, Christian theology, philosophy of religion, nihilism, illusion, conditions of cognition, narcissistic self-referentiality

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