Definition of Yogacara in English:


Pronunciation /ˌjəʊɡəˈtʃɑːrə/


(also Jogachara)
  • 1A school of Mahayana Buddhism holding that no reality exists independent of consciousness. Frequently attributive, as "Yogacara philosophy", "Yogacara school", etc.

  • 2An adherent or practitioner of Yogacara.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in New Annual Register 1799. From Sanskrit yogācāra, originally denoting the practitioner, lit. ‘person whose practice is yoga’ from yoga + ācāra conduct, practice (from ācar- to approach, to practise, perform from ā- towards + car- to move).