Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta

Anand Hudli anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 25 21:19:17 CDT 2000

On Sun, 25 Jun 2000 21:53:52 +0000, Vidyasankar Sundaresan
 <vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

>And to this I would the Buddhist side - both the traditional leaders and
>neo-Buddhists have been saying all along that to read an eternal Self in
>Buddhist works is a misrepresentation. They are also people with great
>integrity, and people who live their tradition.

 Indeed. In my opinion, the best picture one can get of the mAdhyamika
 philosophy of nAgArjuna is from the fourteenth century Tibetan monk,
 Tsong Kha-pa and his mAdhyamika tradition, the dGe-lugs-pa
 (pronounced Geluk-pa). Even an introductory study of translations of
 parts of his works shows very clearly that nAgArjuna's mAdhyamika,
 true to its name is far from absolutist. It very diligently avoids
 being at the two extremes of positing an absolute reality and
 advocating nihilism. The principle of pratItya-samutpAda reigns supreme
 in this system. It sure changed my previously held (misinformed)
 opinion of mAdhyamika as mere nihilism.


bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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