[Advaita-l] Advaita and Madhyamika Buddhism

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Thu Mar 30 02:39:38 EDT 2017

Namaste Sri Praveenji,
I believe he is referring to the work "advaita makaranda"  by AnandabodhAchArya
which postulates that avidyA nivritti is a fifth category which does not
belong to any of the other four. Sastrigal is saying shUnyam, which is not
any of these four also, is not same as avidyA nivritti either.


On 30 Mar 2017 2:34 a.m., "Praveen R. Bhat" <bhatpraveen at gmail.com> wrote:

> Namaste Chandramouliji,
> On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 4:24 PM, H S Chandramouli <
> hschandramouli at gmail.com> wrote:
>> << Unlike other critics Sri Vedanta Desika has understood the nature of
>> sunya correctly as neither bhava nor abhava nor both nor neither, bhava
>> abhava vilakshanam. Sri Desika contends that avidya is tantamount to the
>> Madhyamika theory of sunya. It is to be noted that no advaitic work from
>> the time of Anandabodhacharya has replied to this charge. But the earlier
>> work, Ishta Sidhi and its commentary, have raised this question and
>> provided the answer. In claiming this criticism as original to himself, Sri
>> Vedanta Desika has either not seen the reference to it in Ishta Sidhi or
>> has ignored the answer provided in it. There is a fundamental difference
>> between the concept of sunyam and the concept of avidya nivrtti.
> ​I have trouble seeing what the author means with the last line; while the
> concepts of shUnya and avidyA being compared, why has he suddenly landed on
> concept of shUnya and concept of avidyA *nivRtti*?
> About the rest of it, I do agree that there is a difference considering
> shUnya's apratyogitvam as claimed by Buddhists. Having said that, in
> Chandogyopanishad, where the Shruti Herself quotes Vainashika pakSha with
> the mantra "asadevedam agra AsIt", Bhashyakara and Tikakaras say that there
> cannot be a talk of complete non-absence, meaning without the pratiyogi of
> bhAva, abhAva cannot be talked about. This Siddhanta objection will apply
> to Mahavainashikas=Buddhists as well.
> ​gurupAdukAbhyAm
> ,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
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