Vijñapti (T. rnam par rig byed རྣམ་པར་རིག་བྱེད་; C. shi; J. shiki; K. sik 識) is translated as "representation," "designation," "imputation," etc.
- ...[this term is] especially important in the Yogācāra school, where it indicates the subjective nature of the objects of experience, emphasizing the role of consciousness (vijñāna) in the identification, naming, and ontological status of the constituents of the external world.
Mattia Salvini states:
- Specifically within the Yogācāra system, the term vijñapti acquires prominence and contextual importance. In this respect, it is worth pointing out that several definitions of vijñāna attest that it is a synonym of vijñapti. Taking the vijñapti in the expression vijñaptimātram as anything else but a synonym of vijñāna may be arbitrary and possibly philologically unwarranted.
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University
- Salvini, Mattia (2015), "Language and Existence in Madhyamaka and Yogācāra", in Garfield, Jay L.; Westerhoff, Jan, Madhyamaka and Yogacara: Allies or Rivals?, Oxford University Press
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