Mitra Karl – Resurrecting Yogacara

Yogacara or Mind-Only – Public Talk with Mitra Karl

Nalandabodhi Philadelphia was happy to host Mitra Karl Brunnholzl for his recent public talk titled Resurrecting Yogic Insights: Yogacara or Mind Only? Mitra Karl’s talk was co-hosted by Temple University’s Center for the Humanities.


The Tibetan tradition usually speaks of four Buddhist schools: Vaibhashika, Sautrantika, “Mind Only School,” and Madhyamika, and claims that the Mind Only system is inferior to Madhyamika as the superior view. This presentation has also been largely adopted by Western practitioners and even some parts of academia. However, it is a gross oversimplification and misrepresentation of the actual Yogacara system, which was highly influential in Indian Buddhism for more than a millenium. Mitra Karl’s talk  highlighted the major differences between the Yogacara system and the notion of a “Mind Only School.” His talk presented a case for the resurrection of the depth and breadth of the original Yogacara system, as well as its significance for Buddhist practitioners, as opposed to its shadow existence as just something to be refuted and left behind in Tibetan-oriented doxography.

We look forward to hosting Mitra Karl again in the near future as well other visiting Nalandabodhi teachers. Check out our upcoming schedule here for more info!

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