Citations regarding the Alaya

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Citations regarding the Alaya

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I'm interested in primary, or as close to primary, citations regarding whether there is a singular alaya that contains the seeds for all beings or whether there are individual alayas for each sentient being. To be clear, my intention here is not to discuss the truth or falsehood of one or the other but rather specifically I am simply interested in clear citations on the topic. Also, for clarity, one might distinguish between the alaya and the alaya-vijnana, as even if there was a singular alaya there could be individual alaya-vijnanas, similar to how if there is a singular sun in the sky, individual beings nonetheless individually look up and see it.

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Re: Citations regarding the Alaya

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Seeker12 wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:53 pm I'm interested in primary, or as close to primary, citations regarding whether there is a singular alaya that contains the seeds for all beings
There are no citations for this at all.

If you want to understand the ālayavijñāna in a proper way, you should read the Mahāyānasamgraha of Asanga, where he explains how common appearances among sentient beings arise from each one's ālaya; as well as Vasubandhu's proof of distinct mindstreams in absence of outer objects.
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Re: Citations regarding the Alaya

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Malcolm wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:06 pm Mahāyānasamgraha of Asanga, where he explains how common appearances among sentient beings arise from each one's ālaya; as well as Vasubandhu's proof of distinct mindstreams in absence of outer objects.
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