First para of article “WHAT WE THINK, WE DO. Our mind determines our personality.
This article deals with the definition of personality according to Buddhism. Buddha
says: ‘I say bhikkus that volition is action. Having thought, one acts through body,
speech, and mind.’1 The Yogachara or Vijnanavada school of Mahayana Buddhism deals
with human personality in great detail. Yogachara, which had its genesis in the
Samdhinirmochana Sutra (second century ce), was largely formulated by Acharyas Asanga
and Vasubandhu. The Samdhinirmochana Sutra is the seminal text of the Yogachara
school. The Lankavatara Sutra (fourth century ce) is another very important text
of this school. The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra is also considered important.
There are innumerable philosophical schools of Buddhism but the four principal ones
are: Madhyamika, with its doctrine of shunya, nihilism; Vijnanavada, and its subjective
idealism; Sautrantika, representationists; and, Vaibhasika, realists.”
This article includes Buddha’s Teachings of Anatmata, Alaya-vijnana, Nirvana is
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1. Gautama Buddha points to the weakness of human nature
2. Etymology of Samantabhadri, Prajaparamita, Palden Lahmo and Taras names and parallel Hindu Goddesses