[Advaita-l] Question on Mayavada

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 8 00:26:10 CST 2010

I agree in that Buddha talks about Nirvana but the  Advaitin talks about Brahmanirvana (Brahmani nivritti)

Sunil k. Bhattacharjya

--- On Tue, 12/7/10, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:

From: Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Question on Mayavada
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 9:30 PM

On Mon, 6 Dec 2010, Sunil Bhattacharjya wrote:

> Dear Jaldharji,
> Well put. May I add that In Mahayana when one gets out of the clutch of Prakriti (ieone sheds / leaves the body of the five skandhas ) one gets the state of Zero-Identity or Shunyata, where there is no individual identity and there is only awareness and no separateness. This means that though the individual identity is lost, a non-separate awareness remains. Shall I be wrong if I say that many see there some similarity between the Advaita and Buddhism.

You shall.  The buddhists are resolutely agnostic about the nature of that awareness.  Vedantins of any stripe including Advaitins refer to Brahman in positive terms as an entity that can be objectively known.  Or in other words, goal of oneness in Buddhism = emptyness.  Goal of oneness in Advaita Vedanta = fullness.  This is a vast difference that renders any other superficial similarities meaningless.

-- Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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