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AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM

Jayda Begum.

Abstract
The paper deals with the notion of freedom in the Yogācāra School ofBuddhism. The Yogācāra School holds
thatignorance prevents one from attaining freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The goal of the school is
not to advance any new philosophical view, but to develop such a position which will open the door for highest
freedom or enlightenment.This school believes that reality is an idea and has its centre in consciousness. For
them, the whole world is constituted by consciousness. This consciousness is not only pure but also the main
theme of the Yogācāra idealism. The Yogācāra School of Buddhism believes that intuitive knowledge can be
acquired by practising yoga.According to this school, external world have no real existence, it appears only for
the particularization of individual‟s confused mind. The Yogācāras consider Ᾱlaya as the source of the seeds of
all pain, pleasure and dharmas etc. Among all the seeds, the defiled seeds are the cause of saṁsāra and the rest,
which are free from defilement, leads one to freedom or liberation. According to the Yogācāra, by following
yogic discipline one can attain intuitive insight because such discipline shows us the way for the truth. Then, by
purifying the ignorant mind, Nirvāṇa, the highest freedom can be attained. In the state of Nirvāṇa, avidyā
vanishes and the individual mind returns to its original purity. In the present study, I shall deal with how the
Yogācāra has discussed the problem of human suffering and how does this school try to show that through
knowledge and practicing yoga man gets freedom here in the earth and can do work for the freedom of other
individuals. An attempt is also made to discuss the phenomenal aspect of freedom through the teachings of the
Yogācāra

Key words: Yogācāra, Buddhism, Suffering, Ignorance, consciousness, Freedom, Nirvāṇa etc.


 
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Jayda Begum. AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM. JCR. 2020; 7(4): 2201-2206. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348


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Jayda Begum. AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM. JCR. 2020; 7(4): 2201-2206. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348



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Jayda Begum. AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM. JCR. (2020), [cited April 10, 2021]; 7(4): 2201-2206. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348



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Jayda Begum (2020) AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM. JCR, 7 (4), 2201-2206. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348



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Jayda Begum. 2020. AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (4), 2201-2206. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348



Chicago Style

Jayda Begum. "AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 2201-2206. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348



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Jayda Begum. "AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.4 (2020), 2201-2206. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348



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Jayda Begum (2020) AN APPROACH TO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL OF BUDDHISM. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (4), 2201-2206. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.348