Is there an Interest in a Classical Yogācāra Thread?
I was thinking about starting a thread with would focus on the period from of An Shigao from Parthia who went to the capitol of china in 148 CE and wrap it up with Kambala and his Ālokamālā
a little before 600 CE. Whatever comes up to be posted in this area would be plugged into this thread and bump it to survive,.. or die.
The Time Frame: This will take up from the Śrāvaka Yogācārabhūmi
through the tail end of the classical Mahāyāna vision of a Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra
The Place: Largely the Northwest Corner of the Indian Subcontinent and the Silk Route.
The Focus: Looking from whatever oasis back towards India.
-Mommy, where Mahāyāna come from?
-The Nature of the border between old and new. (What is anachronistically distinguished as a Hinā and a Mahā yāna).
-The unique issues of meditation focused practitioners.
-The Yogācāra Program.
- and *
I would provide a bibliography such as I have been able to muster and access to such materials in each period and topic - each in one post. That post would be like their "data page". And I would no longer clutter up the site with posts that like diverse gents that really all are headed to the same pub to drink. But I would be only doing this much. I am neither a scholar nor a teacher or a meditation seasoned soul. There are others on this list who are profoundly profoundly learned. My special qualification is I have no affiliation and am by nature very secular in my attitudes.
But this era and its content of Buddhists struggling how to add the new to what was traditional is an echo in the past to the situation we children of Modernity experience beholding the ships arriving with goods from the past on our shores - this is really is what I am interested in and I would like to have someone to talk to.
* (Picture gently distancing oneself from the Holy Śāntarakṣita, all things Tibetan, and the profusion of the Prajñā/Zen schools of China with the same gentleness that you would peel a lady-friend with sunburn after a day at the beach.)