Half brother to Asanga, the founder of the Yogacara movement in Mahayana Buddhism, Vasubandhu started his life as a proponent of the Sarvastivadan Buddhist realists. However, he was later converted by his brother to the Mahayana tradition. Throughout his life, a prolific author he contributed both to Buddhist scholasticism and Yogacara thought which left an indelible imprint on all later East Asian Buddhism.

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