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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.

1) Text panel: this is our flagship event at which participants arrive with a text that is distributed ahead of time, a few people speak briefly on key aspects of a selected passage, and then the panelists and audience engage in discussion on that passage. This year we hope for our panels to focus on critiques of Yogācāra (by Madhyamikas and others) and Yogācāra critiques of others. We hope to read a relevant passage of a text that exemplifies some such critique. Contact Joy Brennan (

2) Yogācāra Criticisms of Mādhyamikas. Contact Dan McNamara (

3) Buddhist or non-Buddhist Criticisms of Yogācāra. Contact Doug Duckworth (

4) Book roundtable on Eyal Aviv's "Differentiating the Pearl from the Fish-Eye: Ouyang Jingwu and the Revival of Scholastic Buddhism". Contact Jingjing Li (

5) Yogācāra contributions to theories of mind and the work of the imagination. Contact Karin Meyers (

6) Contemplative Practices in Yogacara. Contact Eyal Aviv (

7) Yogācāra, Emptiness, and Tathāgatagarbha. Contact Sumi Lee

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


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Review Process

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Review Process Comments