Is yogacara some form of solipsism? every Buddhist who believes in Yogacara should believe that only he has consciousness, while other people and living beings around him do not have consciousness and that they are just philosophical zombies that exist only in his imagination?


the collectivity of consciousness, yields the metaphysical explication of mutual interdependence and the prescription of norms for compassionate actions.


Yogacarins have been, historically, warned of their arrogance, however

Running through all of these controversies is an undercurrent of resentment at the Yogācāras' “undigested pride” in their interpretation of the central texts of the Mahāyāna. Bhāviveka provides the most extensive available evidence about the intellectual and emotional shape of this controversy in what might be called the classic period of Indian Yogācāra (the period of Dharmapāla, Sthiramati, and Xuanzang). Like the sixth-century proponents of the Yogācāra, one ignores Bhāviveka at one’s peril.


  • that is, a Buddhist who believes in yogachara, believes that other people exist independently of his imagination and that all people have individual streams of mind?
    – Jerry
    Mar 5 at 14:04
  • inter-dependently, but that doesn't prohibit different "streams" and causal "series"
    – anon
    Mar 5 at 14:58
  • i don't know the precise definition of "individual" in philosophy, sorry
    – anon
    Mar 5 at 15:12
  • I mean, how can other minds exist in Yogachara if all reality arises in my imagination?
    – Jerry
    Mar 5 at 15:58
  • it's not just "your" imagination. there are layers to a lot of buddhist thinking. read the link first! @Jerry
    – anon
    Mar 5 at 21:03

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