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The Idealistic School (Faxiangzong 法相宗 Dharma Character School)

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The Idealistic School (Faxiangzong 法相宗 "Dharma Character School") was founded by the great pilgrim Xuanzang 玄奘 (d. 664) and based on the Mahāyāna-samgraha "Compendium of the Great Vehicle" and the Yogacarin writings. According to the idealistic teachings, the external world is but a fabrication of our consciousness and does not really exist and is only an illusion. The five sensual consiousnesses like sight, hearing, and so on, are helped by the conscious mind, which forms conceptions out of the perceptions received from outside. A seventh consciousness is the thought center, and finally the storehouse consciousness, which stores and coordinates all the ideas reflected in the mind. This school did not survive the great persecutions of 845 AD.

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