tobes wrote:If no mind is ultimately asserted, then why is it called Yogacara/ cittamara (mind only school)?
Adding to Yeshe D's reply, anyway, "mind only" does not mean "there is only mind", but that what appears to be an external material realm is in fact "mind only".
In other words it is only consciousness evolving in such a way as to resemble an external realm. But it is merely consciousness in two parts, the seeing and the seen part.
But that is a subject-object situation, temporarily set up to show the falseness of the object (external phenomena), which it then must follow that since there is no object, there can be no subject (mind/consciousness).
Therefore this false "mind" that was temporarily set up, is eventually relinquished and ultimately not asserted as true mind at all.
The ultimate reality of the mind is plainly and explicitly asserted; it is what remains after the alaya-vijnana is purified.
Again, following Yeshe D's response, the true "mind" spoken of in numerous Mahāyāna sūtras is not such a "mind" anyway, and is not to be confused with the false mind described above.
"What remains after the ālayavijñāna is purified" is still just an object of the manovijñāna.
To quote the Śūraṅgama Sūtra again;
"Ananda said, 'The Tathagata is asking where the mind is located. Now that I use my mind to search for it thoroughly, I propose that precisely that which is able to investigate is my mind.'
"The Buddha exclaimed, 'Hey! Ananda, that is not your mind.' "
tobes wrote:The Yogacaran position is that whatever kind of lake appears solely on the basis of karmic dispositions.
That quote actually came from the Śūraṅgama Sūtra, spoken by Śākyamuni Buddha, which is not a Yogācāra text.
I only intend here to point out that this is not the Madhyamakan position, and therefore, it does not represent the all encompassing Mahayana view.....but rather only one aspect of it.
You should check the thread on Yogācāra/Mādhyamaka Confusion
Granted perhaps many people throughout history have debated the doctrines of the two schools, but I do not find in their core texts
any place where they are at odds. If you do, then please present it.