Buddhism and Advaita

Sun Mar 14 21:25:31 UTC 2010

For an early phase of the debate see Olle Quarnstrom's translation of  
the Vedanta chapter of Bhavya's Madhyamakahrdaya.
Best wishes,
Eli Franco

Zitat von FRITS STAAL <fritsstaal at BERKELEY.EDU>:

> I can mention only one specific point from the debate due to the famous
> Sankara. It has nothing (or very little and very indirectly) to do with
> the reasons for Buddhists to leave India. (And incidentally: I am not a
> follower of S. nor am I a Buddhist).
> You have to find someone who knows the texts and ask him about Sankara's
> commentary on the Brahmasutra's words: anusmRteSca "and on account of
> remembrance".
> In the commentary S. says: I can remember what I saw yesterday, but I
> cannot remember what you saw yesterday.
> The implication is: Buddhists cannot explain remembrance or memory. (I am
> familiar with some Buddhist counterarguments and do not think they have
> refuted S's point.)
> The passage is quoted in my book "Discovering the Vedas" which has a
> chapter on "The Vedas and Buddhism".
> greetings,
>> Here is the resent message with the correct subject header:
>> I was sent this email and it's outside my area of focus by about 1000-2000
>> years so I thought I'd pass on the request. 
>> Of course, the questioner seems to have some misunderstandings about the
>> nature of the Vedanta-Buddhist dialog over the centuries but I'm sure
>> y'all or your sources will deal with that.
>> Best,
>> Dean
>> Dean Michael AndersonEast West Cultural Institute
>> Quote:Do you know of any references or books that discuss the reported
>> debates long ago between Shankara and Buddhists, reasons that the
>> Buddhists in part left India for lands further east, as well as
>> comparative analyses of Advaita and Buddhist teachings?
> Frits Staal
> http://philosophy.berkeley.edu/staal

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