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The Essentials of the Eight Traditions and The Candle of the Latter Dharma

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This volume brings together two influential extra-canonical works,The Essentials of the Eight Traditions and The Candle of the Latter Dharma.

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Taishō 1585

Volume 30

Demonstration of Conciousness Only

The Demonstration of Conciousness Only is a commentary on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā(Taishō 55), based on ten Indian commentaries, although it is composed from the standpoint of Dharmapāla with only passing references to the views of the other nine commentators. It presents an exposition of the Yogācāra or Mind-Only school of thought (Vijñānavāda), according to which there is a fundamental consciousness called ālaya-vijñāna (“store-consciousness”) at the basis of the human personality in which all past actions are said to be stored. These latter are said to appear in present and future actions, and so all phenomena are regarded as manifestations of the mind. This work has not only served as the basic text of the Faxiang (Jpn.: Hossō) School in China and Japan, but is also an important work which, on account of its intrinsic merit, should be studied by all students of Buddhism.

Source
Skt. Vijñapimātratāsiddhi-śāstra, composed by Dharmapāla. Translated into the Chinese by Xuan Zhuang as Cheng weishi lun (成唯識論). 10 fascicles.

Taishō 1586

Volume 30

The Thirty Verses on Consciousness

The Thirty Verses on Consciousness Only gets its name from the fact that it consists of thirty verses, and it is regarded as the basic text of the Faxiang (Jpn.: Hossō) School in China and Japan. It is also the fundamental treatise of the Mind-Only doctrine (Vijñānavāda), which asserts that all phenomena are manifestations of the mind. It is said to have been the last of Vasubandhu’s works. The Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi-śāstra (Taishō 1586) is a commentary on The Thirty Verses.

Source
Skt. Triṃśikā, composed by Vasubandhu. Translated by Xuan Zhuang as Weishi sanshilun song (唯識三十論頌). 1 fascicle.

Taishō 1590

Volume 30

The Treatise in Twenty Verses on Consciousness Only

The Treatise in Twenty Verses on Consciousness Only is so-called because it consists of twenty verses, each with commentary. It is not only devoted to an exposition of the Mind-Only doctrine (Vijñānavāda), but also presents a critique on non-Buddhist philosophies and Hinayāna doctrine from the viewpoint of the Mind-Only doctrine, asserting that all phenomena are manifestations of man’s fundamental consciousness. This work is frequently quoted as an important authority in the Vijñāptimātratāsiddhiś-āstra (Taishō 54). 

Source
Skt. Viṃśatikā, composed by Vasubandhu. Translated by Xuan Zang as Weishi ershi lun (唯識二十論). 1 fascicle.

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Dimensions9.5 × 6.5 × 1 in
ISBN0-9625618-7-8
Pages248
Publishing Date1994
TranslatorLeo M. Pruden; Robert Rhodes