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Yogācāra Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

Call for Papers: 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. The AAR has not yet released a deadline date for proposals, but it is usually at the beginning of March, so if you are interested in participating in a panel on any of these topics, please contact the point-person soon.

  • Text panel: this is our flagship event at which participants arrive with a text that is distributed ahead of time, and the assembled group reads and discusses together. This year's proposed text is the Twenty Verses and Auto-commentary by Vasubandhu. Contact Jonathan Gold (
  • A roundtable on Sonam Kachru's recently published book: Other Lives: Mind and World in Indian Buddhism. Contact Davey Tomlinson (
  • Yogācāra precedents in non-Mahāyāna. Contact Jonathan Gold (
  • Emotions in Yogācāra. Contact Roy Tzohar (

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