Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta

Ritwik Bhattacharya bhattacharya_ritwik at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jun 26 16:52:11 CDT 2000

> >"To think of self or the not-self is not the truth. They're
> >discriminated by the confused" - NAgArjuna in MahAyAna Vimshaka.
> >
> >Here itself your argument stands invalidated. Please learn to
> >distinguish between the HinayAna and the MahAyAna.
>  On the contrary, the statement from nAgArjuna proves the non-self
>  theory. He is saying that we should not even think of self or
> non-self
>  (Atman or anAtman) because it is irrelevant. This is precisely the
>  point of Buddha, not because the self exists but because it doesn't,
>  according to him.

That is patently wrong. Buddha NEVER answers the question of whether
the self exists or not. He considered it avyakrta, undescribable.


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