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Asaṇga


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Along with Maitreyanātha, the historical co-founder of the Yogācāra school of Mahāyāna Buddhism and half-brother of Vasubandhu. Born in north-west India during the 4th century ce, he was originally a member of the Mahīśāsaka school but was later converted to Mahāyāna. After many years of intense meditation.he went on to write many of the key Yogācāra treatises such as the Yogacārabhūmi Śāstra, the Mahāyāna-saṃgraha and the Abhidharma-samuccaya as well as other works. There are discrepancies between the Chinese and Tibetan traditions concerning which treatises are attributed to him and which to Maitreyanātha.

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