Cheng Weishi Lun

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Cheng Weishi Lun (Chinese: 成唯識論; pinyin: Chéng Wéishì Lùn) or Discourse on the Perfection of Consciousness-only, is a comprehensive discourse on the central teachings of Yogacara framed around Vasubandhu's seminal Yogacara work, Triṃśikā-vijñaptimātratā (Thirty Verses on Consciousness-only). It was written by the early Tang dynasty monk Xuanzang. It is sometimes referred to as Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi, its equivalent name in Sanskrit.

Origins and importance[edit]

When Xuanzang was studying Buddhism in India at Nālandā University, he discovered ten commentaries on Vasubandhu's Triṃśikā-vijñaptimātratā. He drew upon these commentaries, especially the commentary of Dharmapāla, when writing his own detailed explanation of the Triṃśikā-vijñaptimātratā, which became the Cheng Weishi Lun.[1]

The Cheng Weishi Lun became one of the key texts of East Asian Yogācāra, both by Chinese ("Faxiang") and Japanese ("Hossō") thinkers.

English translations[edit]

Wei Tat translated the Cheng Weishi Lun into English for the first time in Hong Kong in 1973.[2] This translation is based upon Louis de La Vallée-Poussin's early translation into French (Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi: La Siddhi de Hiuan-Tsang). Wei's translation is now out of print and difficult to find. More recently, Francis Cook made a new English translation of the text for the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research's Taishō Tripiṭaka translation effort.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cook, Francis (1999). Three Texts on Consciousness Only. Berkeley: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research
  2. ^ Wei Tat, Ch'eng Wei-Shih Lun: The Doctrine of Mere-Consciousness, Hong Kong: The Ch'eng Wei-Shih Lun Translation Committee 1973, ASIN B0007CDXQE
  3. ^ Cook, Francis H. (1999), Three Texts on Consciousness Only, Berkeley: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, ISBN 1-886439-04-4


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