Well Explained Reasoning

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The Well Explained Reasoning by Vasubandhu (Skt. Vyākhyāyukti; Tib. རྣམ་པར་བཤད་པའི་རིགས་པ་, Wyl. rnam par bshad pa'i rigs pa) is a work dealing with the history of the formation of the Buddhist Canon.[1]


  1. Stefan Anacker, Seven Works of Vasubandhu, The Buddhist Psychological Doctor, Published by Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, ISBN 81-208-0203-9, Page 155.

Alternative Translations

  • Principles of Elucidation (Ron Garry)
  • Reasoned Exposition (Dharmachakra Translation Committee)
  • Rational System of Exposition (Gyurme Dorje)
  • Principles of Exegesis (Peter Skilling)

Further Reading

  • Skilling, Peter. Vasubandhu and the Vyākhyāyukti Literature, in the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Volume 23, Number 2, 2000.