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Vasubandhu (Skt.; Tib. དབྱིག་གཉེན་, Yiknyen, Wyl. dbyig gnyen) (4th cent. AD) numbers among the ‘Six Ornaments’, the greatest Buddhist authorities of Ancient India. He was born in Cachemire and was the younger brother of Asanga. He composed the Treasury of Abhidharma, a complete and systematic account of the Abhidharma, the peak of scholarship in the Fundamental Vehicle. Later he followed the Mahayana Yogachara view, and wrote many works, such as Thirty Stanzas on the Mind.

His Writings

Vasubandhu was a prolific author and wrote texts on a wide variety of subjects, his most famous work being the Abhidharmakosha.

A set of eight texts are referred to as the Eight Treatises (the Eight Prakarana):

Other texts include:

His Disciples

He famously had four students who were more learned than himself:

These students are not necessarily considered to be his direct students, but perhaps more in the sense that they followed in his lineage.

Further Reading

  • Stefan Anacker, Seven Works of Vasubandhu: The Buddhist Psychological Doctor, Motilal Banarsidass, 2nd Edition, 2002, ISBN 978-8120802032
  • E. Lamotte, Karmasiddhiprakarana: le traité de l'acte de Vasubandhu, Bruxelles 1936
  • J. Takakusu, The Life of Vasubandhu by Paramārtha, T'oung Pao
  • Lobsang N. Tsonawa, Indian Buddhist Pandits from The Jewel Garland of Buddhist History, Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 1985.

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