Asanga (5th century AD, b. Puruṣapura, India) was an influential Buddhist philosopher who established the Yogacara school of idealism that held that the external world exists only as mental images that have no real permanence. His brother was Vasubandhu who, before he encountered the Mahayana, authored the Abhidharmakosa.

“As so often happens, it is very hard to really grasp or understand what Asanga was like as a person and what events really took place in his life because he lived roughly in the ...

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