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AN EXAMINATION OF THE MEANING OF "MĀTRA" IN RELATION TO BUDDHIST MEDITATION IN THE YOGĀCĀRA SCHOOL

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"Vijñapti-mātra" (consciousness-only) is a well-known expression in the thought of the Yogācāra school. However, there are many other expressions of "mātra (only)" related to Buddhist meditation in the Śravakabhūmi (the thirteenth stage in the Yogācārabhūmi) and Mahāyānasūtrālamkāra, for example, jñāna-mātra, darśana-mātra, pratismrta-mātra, and nāma-mātra etc. This paper examines the meaning of these terms from their role in the meditation process, and concluds by suggesting a possible relationship or linkage between the refrain section (ñāna-matta, patissati-matta) of the Satipatthāna sutta(《念處經》)and the "vijñapti-mātra" of the Yogācāra School from the viewpoint of the meditation process.

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