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Vasubandhu (4th/5th cent. CE). Buddhist philosopher, said to be a younger brother of Asaṅga. According to tradition, Vasubandhu was originally a follower of Sarvastivāda (in Hīnayāna). When the teachings of the Mahāyāna were revealed to him, Vasubandhu quickly came to see its superiority and embraced the Vijñānavāda school which his brother had established. Vasubandhu's major works include the Abhidharmakośa, a scholastic compendium, and the extensive Vijñapti-mātratā-siddhi, a work on idealism. Shorter works are the Triṃśikā and the Viṃśatikā, which summarize the essence of the Vijñānavāda system.

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