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Le miroir, le rêveur et le yogin – la réfutation de l’externalisme des sautrāntika et de l’idéalisme des vijñānavādin

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The Kārikā and their comments highlight the relationship of idealism of Pratyabhijñā with that of Vijñānavādin. Once the shortcomings of Vijñānavādin highlighted by the third party, Utpaladeva turns to Buddhist externalist completely and refutes his doctrine, showing how the Pratyabhijna proves superior to externalism and the Buddhist idealism. It is indeed important to note that, the notion of creation of the yogin does not really aim at justifying the idealism, in the sense where it would demonstrate its necessity: the creation of the yogin, as mirror called by the sautrāntika, is only an example. The relation of consciousness with its objects is not neither to be understood on the model of the mirror, which reflects passively an outside subject, nor on model of dreamer, taken in spite of him in a stream of representations to determine mechanism of residual tracks. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Buddhist externalist; Buddhist idealism; dreamer; Pratyabhijñā; sautrāntika; Vijñānavādin



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