Why is Mahayana Buddhism not a form of solipsism (epistemological, methodological, metaphysical) if the first school of Mahayana Buddhism was the Madhyamaka school from which then yogachara originated, which is considered solipsism? It turns out that the Madhyamaka school should be solipsism like Mahayana Buddhism itself, or I don't understand something? Also, why is theravada Buddhism not solipsism (methodological, epistemological, or metaphysical) if the Terevada doctrine is completely dependent on one's own experience and awareness? Thanks you


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so•lip•sism sŏl′ĭp-sĭz″əm, sō′lĭp-►

n. The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.

n. The view that the self is the only reality.

n. The belief or proposition that the person entertaining it alone exists and that other people exist only as ideas in his mind

That being the definition of Solipsism non of the schools of Buddhism will have anything to do with it.

The Buddha refuted most of the solipsistic schools in his time and taught non-self.

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