Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta

Sankaran Panchapagesan panchap at ICSL.UCLA.EDU
Mon Jun 26 23:21:24 CDT 2000

  It might very well be (as Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti say) that the
Buddha taught the existence of the self to some and the non-existence of
the self to others.
        My only point was that you cannot give that particular Dharmapada
verse in support of the theory that the Buddha taught the existence of the
self. I remember reading that from T.R.V.Murti's book, that's all.


> That the Buddha taught the existance of the self, the non-self, both
> nor neither, is not my claim. It is affirmed by NAgArjuna himself in
> his commentary on the PrAjnA PAramita ShAstram, which he uses to
> explain the true meaning of nairAtmaya.
> ChandrakIrti also says : the buddha taught the doctrine of the self to those
> of the lower intellect to prevent them falling into nihilism; he taught the
> doctrine of the non-self to prevent people from falling into eternalism; for
> the sharpest in intellect, he taught shUnyatA.

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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