Asaṅga

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ཐོགས་མེད་
Wylie thogs med
Devanagari असङ्ग
Romanized Sanskrit Asaṅga
English Phonetics Asaṅga
Sort Name Asaṅga
Other names
  • སློབ་དཔོན་ཐོགས་མེད་
  • slob dpon thogs med
Alternate names
  • Āryāsaṅga
Dates
Birth:   4th century
Notes on dates:   The dates for this master are uncertain, though it is generally assumed that he lived in the 4th or 5th centuries.


Tibetan calendar dates

About
Religious Affiliation
Yogācāra; Cittamātra; Vijñānavāda
Familial Relations
Vasubandhu
Links
BDRC Link
https://www.tbrc.org/#!rid=P6117
Wiki Pages


Buddha Nature Project
Person description or short bio
Traditionally counted among the Seventeen Great Paṇḍitas of Nālandā, Asaṅga was an illustrious Indian scholar who, along with his brother Vasubandhu, is credited with the founding of the Yogācāra school and the introduction of the associated theories of mind-only (cittamātra), the storehouse consciousness (ālayavijñāna), the three natures (trisvabhāva), and so forth, into the milieu of Indian Buddhist philosophical discourse. He is most famously eulogized in the Tibetan tradition for his association with the Five Dharma Treatises of Maitreya (Byams chos sde lnga), which he is reported to have received directly from the bodhisattva Maitreya. In terms of the Uttaratantra, the Tibetan tradition, which divides the text into two distinct works, asserts that Asaṅga was the author of the prose commentary (vyākhyā) of this work, while Maitreya, himself, is the author of the actual verses of the treatise (śāstra).

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All beings have Buddha-nature
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Which Wheel Turning
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Yogācāra vs Madhyamaka
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Zhentong vs Rangtong
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Promotes how many vehicles?
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Analytic vs Meditative Tradition
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What is Buddha-nature?
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Svātantrika (རང་རྒྱུད་) vs Prāsaṅgika (ཐལ་འགྱུར་པ་)
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Causal nature of the vajrapāda
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