Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra 瑜伽師地論

Co-translated with Lee Cheng Soon 
Translations in progress — ongoing changes are expected.

  1. Stage connected with the Body of Five Consciousness – edited 1 Dec 2020
  2. Stage of Mano – edited 1 Dec 2020
  3. Stage with Investigation and Analysis (COMING NEXT)
  4. Stage without Investigation but with Analysis (COMING NEXT)
  5. Stage without Investigation nor Analysis (COMING NEXT)
  6. Stage of Samāhita (NEW)
  7. Stage of Non-Samāhita – New 29 Jan 2021
  8. 9. Stage with and without Mind – New 1 Dec 2020
  9.  (combined with stage 8)
  10. Stage accomplished through Hearing – NEW
  11. Stage accomplished through Reflection
  12. Stage accomplished through Cultivation – edited 1 Dec 2020
  13. Stage of Śrāvaka
  14. Stage of Pratyekabuddha – Edited 9 Feb 2021
  15. Stage of Bodhisattva 
  16. Stage with Remainder Dependencies – New 1 Dec 2020
  17. Stage without Remainder Dependencies – edited 1 Dec 2020

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This is a series of English translation of the Yogacara bhumi* sastra. Also known as the 17 foundations commentary, it describes the path from an unenlightened worldling to that of an enlightened one, covering the Samadhi foundation, Practice foundation, Sravaka foundation, Paccekabuddha path and Bodhisattva foundation.


Translation finally began in mid September 2009 after much procrastination.  There are currently two of us, Cheng Soon & myself (Shi Chuan-Guan).  This translation work is started as an attempt to share the yogacara bumi sastra with the English speaking community and perhaps also to stir up interest among the Chinese speaking community.

In the first session, we briefly discussed the approaches we could possibly undertake for the translation, whether to do a literal translation or to do a standard translation, which would capture what we think is the intended meaning of the sentence or paragraph and not provide a word for word translation.  We decided to adopt the former and when in need, give meaning in footnote when it is ambiguous.  As I review the translated text from the first few sessions, it appears that we may be adopting a hybrid approach than a strict literal translation approach.

Of the Foundations (some translate as stages), we decided to start with the Foundation of Actualization of Cultivation 修所成地.  This is the “Twelfth” in the Seventeen Foundations in the Primary Foundation 本地分中 第十二.  This is like a summary of the next foundation, the Foundation of the Sravaka, and is part of the three part practice of Hearing, Contemplation and Cultivation 聞思修.

We chose to start our translation with this chapter, in the hope that it would give the practising reader something that can be used immediately.  This is not to imply that the earlier chapters are non-essential, but that we hope the reader (and perhaps more importantly ourselves) do not get disheartened with the massive initial chapters.  In due time, when we have sufficiently covered a few foundations, we would begin translation of the the earlier chapters.

This is a translation work in progress and being our first formal attempt, we hope to hear from others your comments on our approach and translated text so that we can improve on it.  Much of the translation are based on the teachings given by our late teacher Master Miu King 妙境老和尚, to whom we are deeply indepted.  Needless to say, we have also relied heavily on the English translation of the Nikayas in the Pali Canon for insight into some of the meanings or renderings.  We have also referred to the English translation of the Visuddhi-magga on occassion for guide on translation style and depended much on numerous Buddhist dictionaries and reference text for guide on technical renderings of Buddhist terms.

For the most part, the primitive and crude translation you will find here is due to our  inexperience in translation work.  We hope the translation will serve you as much as it has helped us in understanding the commentary yogacara bumi sastra.

We also wish to thank
my teacher Venerable Kwang Sheng for the place we use during our translation from July 2013 onwards.  Also to Bhante B. Dhammaratana and The Buddhist Library for the place when we began translation in 2009, without which it would not have even started.

May all who read the translation be inspired to learn and practise accordingly and attain to Final Liberation, Nirvana!


This translation is strictly for my personal reference and usage and is not ready or meant for public consumption. It is a work in progress and goes according to the sections that I’m currently learning. I will also focus more on the Samadhi, Practice and Sravaka foundations and proceed to the others only at the later stages.

If you have additional information you would like to share, feel free to email me or leave a comments. Note that submitting comments do not guarantee admission, but once submitted, the comments are donated to Public Domain. This means that others can copy and reuse whatever comments you post here and derive further works or learnings from it without restrictions. They are not however, allowed to pass it off as their own and should credit you accordingly. Granted, this is kind of tricky, since our learnings in Buddhism are all derived from the Buddha right?

Anyway, let me know ya? And if there are sections that you wish to explore or hope to see translated earlier, let me know as well.

Practise well and
may we attain Final Liberation in this life!

Note: * Some translations uses bumi instead. Either cases mean “earth, ground or foundation”.

瑜伽師地論 英譯

11 thoughts on “Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra 瑜伽師地論”

  1. Thank you! I have been looking for english translation of yogacarabhumi sastra for a long time. I believe Professor Charles Muller is doing an english translation for the text, but could not find more information. Really appreciate your translation. Do you intend to translate the whole text, or only selected parts of the text?

  2. Hi and thank-you for this work. My wife is studying the Chinese version of Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra and I, speaking only English, am using the pdfs here to do study-practice along with her. I’d like to read stages 3-6, but see they have not yet been translated. Which would you recommend I start with next?

    According to the above reply, I can get a printed copy from the Buddha Dharma Education Foundation in Taiwan. When I visit http://www.budaedu.org/ I see they have many ebooks available, but I cant seem to find Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra, nor can I find information on obtaining a printed copy. Usually my Google-fu is pretty good, do I have the right organization to obtain this work?

    Thank-you for any information you may have that will lead me to getting to read all the statges of Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra!

    1. Hi Joe, you are in the right place. Together with my Dharma brother Cheng Soon, we have been translating the Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra.

      Strangely enough, I am unable to find it on that site too. It may well be out of print as we submitted it for print back in 2012/13? If you like, I can mail you a physical copy. Email me wake up now AT gmail with no spaces.

      In the meantime, I’ve updated the links in this page. Chapter 6 is out while 3-5 is in late draft. Will publish when ready.

      A good place to start is the Stage accomplished through Cultivation (https://www.dropbox.com/s/7bx7x9wm1m0watu/Stage%2012.%20Stage%20accomplished%20through%20Cultivation%2020200908.pdf?dl=0) as it gives a summary on things to work on in our practices.

      Let me know what works best.

      With metta,

      Shi ZhiXing

  3. Omitofo,
    May I please obtain a copy of the Yogacarabhumni Sastra as I also require it in Chinese and English.

    Should you also have notes to explain it, that would be awesome.

    So appreciate your compassion and kindness, most auspicious blessing to you on the bodhi path.

    Thank you so very much!

    1. By a copy, do you mean the printed copy?
      If you need a softcopy and understands Chinese, you can check out https://fayun.org/public/index.html#!/fy/dharma/details/yoga for the full set of transcript in pdf (inclusive of the yogacarabhumi sastra text and my late teacher, Master Miu King’s explanation), and online video recording of his lesson on it.

      Since the first submission for publication some 10 years back, we have been working on the translation and have decided to release pdfs online as hardcopy publication requires minimum volume and even the Buddha Education Foundation in Taiwan has started to transition to digital publications instead.

      I still have some of the first print of the Stage of Cultivation + Bodhisattva Precepts translation if it helps you.
      Please let me know what works best and we will arrange something from there.

      With metta,

  4. Interesting material! Thank you very much for the hard work!

    How many pages is this book (in its entirety)? 500? More than 600?

    1. Sadhu sadhu sadhu.

      This commentary has 100 fascicles altogether. My teacher, late Master Miu King, gave teachings for the first 50 fascicles, the Foundational Stages, which is the 17 stages listed above.

      In terms of pages, the translation currently stands at 674 pages but is expected to expand up to perhaps twice that amount or more, as the as yet to be translated Sravaka and Bodhisattva stages are much more voluminous.

  5. Dear Ven. Shi Zhi Xing and Lee Cheng Soon,
    Thank you very much for releasing parts of your translation project. That’s great help for practitioners like myself who aren’t familiar with the Chinese language as so far up there doesn’t seem to be any other English translation of the entire sastra available. Question: Will the parts marked as “coming next” be published anytime soon?
    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Mick,
      Glad the translation is helpful for yourself with the sastra.
      We are currently doing a review of our first cut translation of stages 3-5. Will usually do a second round review to clean up consistency and tighten the text.

      Hopefully within the first half of the year?

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