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  ORIENTALIA Definition of Asanga in Buddhist Dictionary Oriental Encyclopedia
Together with his teacher the Bodhisattva Maitreya, Asanga was the founder of the Yogacara, or Consciousness-Only, School of Mahayana Buddhism.
Asanga’s youngest brother was known as Virincivatsa, while the middle brother was known merely as Vasubandhu (see entry).
Asanga was a man who was endowed with the innate character of a Bodhisattva.
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 Asanga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Asanga (born around 300 C.E.) was a great exponent of the Yogacara.
White Plum Asanga An organization of Zen teachers in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizen Maezumi.
White Plum Asanga Official organization of the dharma heirs of Taizan Maezumi Roshi.
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 The Abhidharma
Asanga was born in the region of Purusapura, Peshawar, the present Kashmir in the 4th century.
Asanga took monastic vows, studied the tripitaka of the Theravada and the Mahayana, and pursued his search for a definite understanding of ultimate reality by entering the path of the tantras.
Asanga's perception was now purified, and he experienced the pure dimension of Tushita, the dwelling place of Maitreya.
www.bibliotheque-dhagpo-kagyu.org /en/doss/abhi5.php   (1409 words)

 A Tibetan Contribution to the Doctrine of Mind-Only   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Dzong-ka-ba identifies Asanga’s view as idealist in the sense of denying that a form, for instance, and the valid consciousness apprehending it are different entities; however, he by no means interprets Asanga’s philosophy as solipsism.
That Asanga could, without self-contradiction, put his name (or that the tradition could his name) to the final version of the text despite the absence of the peculiarly mind-only vocabulary that is found in his Compendium of the Great Vehicle may be explained by a wish not to revise too heavily an inherited text.
Asanga does indeed propound that emptiness is the ultimate truth, for when he speaks about the path of seeing, for instance, he says not that a meditator sees just mind but that a meditator sees emptiness.
www.acmuller.net /yoga-sem/external_objects/TibetanContribution.html   (5177 words)

However, due to his karmic obstructions, Asanga was still unable to gain realisations and had not a glimpse of the Buddha,Maitreya.
Asanga felt strong love arise for the mangy animal and compassionately he wanted badly to help remove its suffering.
Like Asanga, any Bodhisattva with great compassion is the object of offering, prostration and respect because he is the servant of all that live.
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 Tibet Digital Library: Culture: Folktales: How Asanga Came to See the Future Buddha
Asanga was patient in his endeavors, but even he, after many years of earnest meditation, was beginning to be frustrated by his attempts to attain the wisdom he desired.
Asanga felt great compassion for the dog and wished to relieve its suffering, but knew that if he removed the worms from the dogs side, then they would surely die for lack of food.
This Asanga did, but the people, their minds clouded by impure thoughts, could not see Champa, and they thought Asanga was mad when he cried that he had Champa on his back.
www.crosby-lundin.com /tibet/culture/folktales/asanga.html   (791 words)

 The Seattle Times: Local News: Giant sacrifice for a little prince and his family
Asanga will be removed from the life he knows here, playing Candy Land with his mother and 3-year-old sister, Aloki, and sitting in his father's lap reciting prayers.
Asanga, having a snack with Aloki, has a ready smile and laugh but also is deeply compassionate and religious, according to his parents.
Asanga's great-aunt, a nun, lives next to the monastery, which was founded by Asanga's great-great-uncle and is now home to some 70 monks.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/localnews/2002172423_sakyabuddhists06m.html   (2183 words)

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Nagarjuna and Asanga played a major role in its growth at the outset; later, the Vajrayana tradition was greatly influenced by the eighty-four Mahasiddhas.
Asanga thought that if people had such patience even in worldly tasks, perhaps he had been too hasty in abandoning his practice, so he returned to the cave and continued with his meditation.
This is expressed in the experience of Asanga, who saw the Buddha Maitreya first not at all, then in the form of a diseased dog, and finally in his celestial and transformed aspect.
www.ecst.csuchico.edu /~dsantina/tree/part3.txt   (20019 words)

 Famous Indian Buddhist Saint
Asanga was one of the most famous Indian Buddhist saints, and lived in the fourth century.
Asanga went up to him and asked him what he was doing.
Asanga knelt on the ground, and looking at the horrible festering, writhing mass, closed his eyes.
www.purifymind.com /Asanga.htm   (750 words)

 Theosophy Library Online - Great Teacher Series - VASUBANDHU   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Unlike Asanga, whose father was a Kshattriya, Vasubandhu was raised a Brahmin and instructed in the three Vedas, but when he attained maturity he decided to become a Buddhist monk.
Asanga instructed Vasubandhu to refrain from harming himself and to do penance by applying his formidable skills and eloquence to learning and teaching the Mahayana doctrine.
Asanga and Vasubandhu were always considered together, not just because they were brothers and equally articulate spokesmen for Yogachara thought, but owing to their remarkable complementarity.
theosophy.org /tlodocs/teachers/Vasubandhu.htm   (2576 words)

 The Buddhist Channel | News - Asia | In Nepal, little prince settles in
Asanga's parents talk weekly on the phone with their son, and they told him recently that he should expect a baby brother or sister in March.
Asanga's private tutors know they can cut back on study time if he finds the work too rigorous.
They were proud to hear that four months after Asanga arrived at the monastery, he recited from memory almost two hours of Tibetan prayers, a difficult task for someone his age.
www.buddhistchannel.tv /index.php?id=1,2130,0,0,1,0   (389 words)

 Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal - Dharma Shop
At the time of Asanga, the principal place for the study of the dharma in India was the Nalanda monastic university.
For that reason, the elder son, Asanga, practiced meditation diligently trying to meet Maitreya so that he would be able to spread these very profound teachings of the Mahayana.
Eventually Asanga was able to meet Maitreya and returned to the central country and spread the teachings there.
www.greatliberation.org /dharmashop/excerpts/bk42ex.htm   (2021 words)

 E-sangha, Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Forum -> Asanga •
Inspired, Asanga returned to his cave and enthusiastically practised meditation for a further three years.
However, due to his karmic obstructions, Asanga was still unable to gain realisations and had not a glimpse of the Buddha, Maitreya.
But Asanga could see that removing the insects would kill them, and so he cut off a piece of his own flesh for them to live on.
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 Rahula - Alayavijnana - Store Consciousness
However, for Asanga, citta, manas and vijnana are three different and distinct aspects of the vyjnanaskandha.
But in the Mahayanasangraha, Asanga himself says that in the Sravakayana (= Hinayana) it is mentioned by synonyms (paryaya) and refers to a passage in the Ekottaragama which reads: 'People (praja) like the alaya (alayarata), are fond of the alaya (alayarama), are delighted in the alaya (alayasammudita), are attached to the alaya (alayabhirata).
When the Dharma is preached for the destruction of the alaya, they wish to listen (susrusanti) and lend their ears (srotram avadadhanti), they put forth a will for the perfect knowledge (ajnacittam upasthapayanti) and follow the path of Truth (dharmanudharma-pratipanna).
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 Step by Step
So, Asanga, the Buddhist philosopher, went to the mountain to meditate and try to reach Manjusri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.
He noticed that the water in those three years had worn away the stone, so he thought if he stayed with his meditation, he would be able to transform into another state as well.
Asanga's heart was filled with compassion -- he took the dog in his arms, cleaned the wound and bound up the dog's side.
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 Asanga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Asanga se stal mnichem školy sarvastiváda, ale později prošel praxí meditace a dosáhl stavu zbavení tužeb.
Asanga podle vyloženého uspořádal své myšlení a nauku pochopil.
Když se Asanga vrátil na zemi použil tato poučení a zakrátko dosáhl osvícení.
www.mystika-astro.webzdarma.cz /osobnosti/asanga/asanga.htm   (287 words)

 Theosophy Library Online - Great Teacher Series - ASANGA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Asanga, also known as Arya Asanga or Aryasanga, has been confused with another teacher, Aryasangha, a direct disciple of Buddha, who is the true founder of the first and ever secret Yogacharya school.
Though Asanga was considerably older than his half-brothers and would be expected to take up the duties of a warrior and leader, Prakashashila told him that he was destined for other service and encouraged him to enter the Sangha.
For Asanga, this explains the meaning of Buddha when he taught that he came for the redemption of all beings although he knew that there are no beings to be redeemed.
www.theosophy.org /tlodocs/teachers/Asanga.htm   (3136 words)

 Dharma Fellowship: Library - Yogacara Theory - Part One: Background History
Asanga and Vasubandhu taught "Buddhist Mysticism", and this is the specific meaning of "Yogacara." It is the Yoga, or the practical mystical Way, as taught in the Buddhist tradition.
At first Vasubandhu opposed his brother Asanga's position, even writing a number of anti-Mahayana texts, but later he changed sides and it was from then on that he composed the famous works that teach Yogacara under his name.
Thus, after Asanga passed away, Vasubandhu assumed his brother's role as Abbot of Nalanda, where he taught his four leading students: Sthiramati, a leading teacher of Metaphysics (Abhidharma); Dignaga, the exponent of Logic-theory (Pramana); Gunaprabha, excellent in monastic Discipline (Vinaya); and Vimuktasena, a scholar of Transcendental Wisdom (Prajna-paramita).
www.dharmafellowship.org /library/essays/yogacara-part1.htm   (3598 words)

 The Buddhist philosophical school of Yogacara established in the frames of Mahayanistic Buddhism is one of the most ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is possible that the position of these works of Asanga had played an important role in the process of integration of the Yogacara ideas into the theory of the Tathagatagarbha.
This position of Asanga supplied the reality of only psychical and was quite in accordance with the teaching of such important doctrinal text as "Lankavatara sutra".
Unlike Asanga, Vasubandhu carefully reserves from the arguments of the onthological character having strong intention to keep himself exclusively in the frames of phenomenolology.
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 Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive Content - The Life of Asanga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Asanga was born into a brahmin family of Purushapura (Peshawar) in c.
Asanga’s mother was Prakâshashîlâ, an extraordinary woman, who also is remembered as having given birth to Vasubandhu (316-396), Asanga’s younger half brother.
Asanga understood that he needed to be a great deal more persistent and made his way back up the slope.
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 Politics of Wednesday, 18 August 2004
Mr Asanga, who is also the Assembly Member for the Kulbia Electoral Area, noted that, the Bolgatanga seat was strategic and warned that nothing negative should be done to whittle the fortunes of the Party, citing backbiting, bickering and differences as some of the negative things that should be discarded.
The meeting, which was attended by the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Rockson Ayine Bukari, was widely speculated to be a public relations strategy adopted by Mr Asanga and the MCE to clear the air about speculations that they were masterminding a campaign against Dr Agambilla.
Mr Bukari debunked speculations that he had directed supporters of Mr Asanga to campaign against Dr Agambilla and said the Party was supreme and that as the MCE he was duty bound to ensure that the Party's manifesto was successfully manifested in the area.
www.ghanaweb.com /GhanaHomePage/election2004/artikel.php?ID=64251   (395 words)

 Young American Prepares for Life as a Lama in a Monastery
Asanga Sakya has been training to be a Tibetan Buddhist leader all his life.
Asanga and his sister Aloki, 3, are immersed in the culture.
Still, the Sakyas explain that when they leave Asanga in Nepal next month, they will leave confident -- as parents and Buddhists -- that they are doing the best they can for their precious son.
www.voanews.com /english/AmericanLife/2005-04-26-voa61.cfm   (880 words)

 Politics of Wednesday, 18 August 2004
Bolgatanga, Aug. 18, GNA - Mr Rex Asanga, a contestant in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) primaries in the Bolgatanga Constituency, has called on his supporters to campaign and vote for the Deputy Minister of Ports, Harbours and Railways, Dr Adombire Geyshika Agambilla, who defeated him.
Speaking at a meeting in Bolgatanga to plan strategies to rally support for the Party, Mr Asanga praised his supporters for their tireless efforts in canvassing for him prior to the primaries, accepting the shocking results and remaining calm and tolerant in spite of provocations.
The MCE reminded the youth about the availability of loans to be accessed at the Assembly and urged them to form cooperatives and set up genuine businesses to access the facility.
www.ghanaweb.com /GhanaHomePage/politics/artikel.php?ID=64251   (395 words)

 Vasubandhu [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Though he is particularly admired by later Buddhists as cofounder of the Yogācāra school along with his half brother Asanga, his pre Yogācāra works, such as the Abhidharmakosha and his auto-commentary (Abhidharmakoshabhāshya) on it, are considered masterpieces.
According to these two Tibetan historians, Asanga and Vasubandhu were half-brothers; Asanga's father being a kshatriya, and Vasubandhu's a brahmana.
According to Bu-ston, he is reported to have said, "Alas, Asanga, residing in the forest, has practised meditation for twelve years.
www.iep.utm.edu /v/vasubandhu.htm   (3963 words)

 Buddhist Studies: Maitreya (Futrue Buddha)
Besides the triads, Maitreya is often represented with two acolytes: Asanga (Japanese Muchaku), founder of the Hosso sect, and Asanga's brother Vasubandhu (Japanese Seshin).
Tradition relates that Maitreya descended from the Tusita heaven at the request of Asanga and his brother to teach them the content of the five sutras.
Asanga lived in India, in Pataliputra (present-day Patna in the state of Bihar), with his brother in the fourth century.
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/history/maitreya2.htm   (502 words)

 Politics of Friday, 6 August 2004
Bolgatanga, Aug. 6, GNA - The Bolgatanga Constituency Executive of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Youth Wing are engaged in a tussle over which of the two candidates should be given the nod to contest the parliamentary seat in Election 2004.
The two candidates are Dr Agesika Agambilla, Deputy Minister of Ports, Harbours and Railways and Mr Rex Asanga, an Assembly Member for Kulbia Electoral Area.
Addressing the press conference, Mr Regis Adongo, a member of the youth wing, described as discriminatory and unconstitutional the stance of the Constituency Executive against Mr Asanga's decision to contest the primaries.
www.ghanaweb.com /GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=63356   (245 words)

 Mahayanasutralamkara by Asanga Online Indian Book store - Bagchee’s Best sellers Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Asanga is one of the most important philosophical personalities in the history of Buddhism.
The Vijnanavada school of Asanga is also known as Yogacara.
The Mahayanasutralamkara by Asanga is a landmark in the development of Vijnanavada absolutism.
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