UPSC Prelims Question on Yogachara School

Consider the following statements:
1. Hinayana Buddhists were major segment of the Buddhist community in India during the Gupta and Pala periods
2. The outgrowth of Yogacara school happened from Hinayana Buddhism during Gupta period
Which of the above is / are correct statements?
[A] Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 & 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Answer

Answer: Only 1
Notes:The first statement is correct. However, second statement is not correct. Yogacara {consciousness-only} school developed during fourth century during Gupta and Pala period as outgrowth of Mahayana Madhyamika Buddhism. Also note that Asanga and Vasubandhu were two philosophers of Yogchara school.

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