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(Skt.).

1 Basis, substratum; sometimes used simply as an abbreviation for the Yogācāra concept of the ‘storehouse consciousness’ (ālaya-vijñāna) but also found in Tibetan Buddhist usage as a distinct concept in the sense of the ‘ground of being’. These two aspects of the term thus distinguish the ontological and epistemological aspects of the ālāya-vijñāna.

2 The term also occurs in a non-philosophical sense as a synonym of tṛṣṇā.meaning attachment, clinging, or desire.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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