An individual consciousness that underlies all cognition and carries a person's karmic tendencies and habits as well as the mental impressions of memories, in the sense that they are imputed on it.
An unspecified, nonobstructive, individual consciousness that underlies all cognition, cognizes the same objects as the cognitions it underlies, but is a nondetermining cognition of what appears to it and lacks clarity of its objects. It carries the karmic legacies of karma and the mental impressions of memories, in the sense that they are imputed on it. It is also translated as "foundation consciousness" and, by some translators, as "storehouse consciousness." According to Gelug, asserted only by the Chittamatra system; according to non-Gelug, assserted by both the Chittamatra and Madhyamaka systems.
Tibetan: kun-gzhi rnam-shes
J Hopkins: mind-basis-of-all.