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Yogācāra Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

We have outlined a set of panel topics that we are particularly interested in soliciting proposals for. If you would like to participate in a panel on one of these topics, please contact the person listed. Anyone is also welcome to propose a panel or a paper on a topic not listed here. Panel proposals are more likely to be accepted than individual paper proposals, so it is best to try to find other scholars and to jointly make a panel proposal on your topics. Feel free to contact the unit co-chairs (Douglas Duckworth, or Joy Brennan, with any questions.

  • Korean Yogacara. Contact Sumi Lee (
  • Yogacara Influence on Religious and Philosophical Movements in East Asia. Contact Ron Green (
  • A roundtable on Jingjing Li's recently published book: Comparing Husserl's Phenomenology and Chinese Yogacara in a Multi-Cultural World. Contact Joy Brennan (
  • The Liberative Potential of the Imagination in Yogācāra. Contact Davey Tomlinson (

Avidyā (Ignorance) in Yogācāra and Other Traditions of Thought, Buddhist and Non-Buddhist. Contact Chih-Ying Wu (

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.


Steering Committee Members





Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members