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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

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Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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Yogācāra Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Yogācāra tradition within Buddhism provides the seminal basis for many forms of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Yogācāra was the preeminent Buddhist school for many centuries in India, East Asia, and Tibet. Even after its relative decline as a distinct tradition, its teachings continued to provide the basis for both the theory and practice of subsequent Buddhist Mahāyāna schools throughout Asia, and it has seen a resurgence in the 20th and 21st century in Asia, including in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and among Tibetans.

Call for Papers: 

At this year's Business Meeting, a number of proposals were put forward. We welcome submissions for these panels as well as suggestions for other topics and panels.

We have one session and can co-chair another. We generally devote our dedicated session to discussion of a particular text. Suggestions for next year's text included:
• Selected passages from the Triṃśikā and Its Commentaries. Anyone interested in participating in this panel should contact Roy Tzohar:
Other possible texts are:
• Pramāṇa-viniścaya

• Santanāntara-siddhi

We also hope to co-chair a panel with another unit. Suggestions for such panels include:
• Yogācāra and Meditation (Anyone interested in participating in this panel should contact Karin Meyers at:

• Yogācāra in the World: Social and Political Dimensions (Anyone interested in participating in this panel should contact Eyal Aviv at:

• Yogācāra and Philosophy of Language

• Yogācāra and Philosophy of Mind

Other topics are welcomed.

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