Flourishing sometime around the 4th century CE in what is now Peshawar in Pakistan, Asanga was the founding figure in the Yogacara movement of Mahayana Buddhism. The second of the two great early Mahayana schools (the other being Nagarjuna’s Madhyamaka) Yogacara focused on the issues of perception, conceptualisation, and cognition – including their impact on the issue of liberation.

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