This work is intended to the study of the Yogacara Buddhist philosophy together with its commentaries and notes for better comprehensibility of the contents of three
edited and translated texts, namely, Alambanapariksavrtti of Dignaga; the Vimsatika Vijnaptimatratasiddhih of Vasubandhu and
Trisvabhavakarika of Vasubandhu.
About the Author:
FERNANDO TOLA and CARMEN DRAGONETTI have been Professors in the National Universities of San Marcos (Lima, Peru) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Now CARMEN DRAGONETTI is Superior Investigator of the National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET) of Argentina, in the area of Indian Philosophy,
FERNANDO TOLA is retires Superior Investigator of the same Institution, and, Honorary Member of the Argentinian Scientific Society. She is President and he
Vice-President of the Institute of Buddhist Studies Foundation (FIEB) (Argentina). They have been Directors of the Revista de Estudios Budistas (Journal of
Buddhist Studies) RED, edited in Mexico, and Overseas Research Fellows of the International Institute for Buddhist Studies (Tokyo).
Independently or in collaboration, they have published several books in Spanish on Indian culture, specially on Indian Philosophy, as Yoga and Mysticism of India,
Mahayana Buddhism; Buddhist Idealism, Buddhist Nihilism, On the Myth of the Opposition between Western Philosophy and Indian Thought; Several translations
into Spanish of Important Sanskrit and Pali texts, as Hymns of the Rig Veda, Hymns of the Atharva Veda, Upanishads, Bhagavadgita Upadesasahasri, Udana, Digha
Nikaya, Sutta Nipata etc. In English they have published The yogasutra of Patanjali (4 editions), On Voidness (2 editions), Nagarjuna's Refutation of Logic (Nyaya)
First of all we want to thank the institutions and persons who have made possible-for us to compose this book; The Reiyukai and its academic branch The
International Institute for Buddhist Studies HBS (Tokyo), Dr. Tsugunari Kubo, President of both institutions, and Dr. Akira Yuyama, former Director of the Institute;
the fellowship they granted us allowed us to stay six months in Tokyo in 1989 and to collect great part of the bibliographical material we needed in the excellent
library of the Institute; the Nyingma Institute at Berkeley, California, Ven. Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Founder and Head of that Institute, Dr. Leslie Bradburn
and Dr. jack Petranker, Research Directors of Yes he De Buddhist Research and Translation Project who invited us in 1996as visiting scholars at the Nyingma
Institute and Odiyan Buddhist Center in California, giving us the possibility to complete there our work, Ralph McFall, Dean of the Institute, and the staff of the
Nyingma Institute and the Odiyan community who gave us all the cooperation we needed for our work, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Flora
Lamson Hewlett Library of the Graduate Theological Union, that generously authorized us to freely use their libraries; and Miss Gabriela Dobler, secretary of our
Institute of Buddhist Studies in Argentina, who patiently prepared the successive drafts of the original text of this book.
Our work is intended to be an introduction to the study of the Yogacara Buddhist philosophy; its commentaries and notes have the, purpose to help the reader to
understand in a more complete way the, contents of the three texts we edit and translate. In the References, we have limited to indicate the works we have utilized.
Cf. for more bibliographical information the following books: -
Shinsho Hanayama, Bibliography on Buddhism, Tokyo; I- The Hokuseido Press, 1961.
Pierre Beautrix, Bibliographie du Bouddhisme, Volume I Editions de textes, Bruxelles; Institut Belge des Hautes Etudes Bouddhiques, 1970.
Hajime Nakamura, Indian Buddhism, A Survey with Bibliographical Notes, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1987.
Karl H. Potter, Bibliography of Indian Philosophies, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1970 (First edition).
Karl H. Potter, Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies. Bibliography, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1983 (second revised edition).
John Powers, The Yogacara School of Buddhism, A Bibliography, Metuchen, N.J. and London: The American Theological Library Association and The
Scarecrow Press, 1991.
Frank Bandurski, “Ubersicht uber die Gottinger Sammlungen der von RAHULA SANKRTYANA in Tibet aufgefundenen buddhistichen Sanskrit-Texte
(Funde buddhistischer Sanskrit-Handschriften, III)”, in Untersuchungen zur buddhistischen Literatur, Bearbeitet von Frank Bandurski, Bhikkhu Pasadika, Michael
Schmidt, Bangwei Wang, Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1994.
E. Steinkellner und M.T. Munch, Texte der erkenntnistheoretischen Schule des Buddhismus, Gottingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1995.
We have put Dignaga’s treatise in the first place, because we consider it a brief and clear introduction to the fundamental tenet of the Yogacara School :
the cittamatra theory.
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