Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta
panchap at ICSL.UCLA.EDU
Mon Jun 26 19:41:40 CDT 2000
> >T.R.V.Murti says in his book ("The Central Philosophy of Buddhism") >that
> >this is a *very* biased and distorted translation. What the >Buddha means
> >is rather, "have yourself alone as your lamp, your guide" >(i.e. be
> This is what I absolutely dislike. So is that TRV Murti's final conclusion -
> that the Buddha taught that there's no self?
Let me quote from your e-mail to Anand:
>"On the contrary there're numerous places where he teaches the existence
>of the self. For e.g., in the DhammapAda itself he says, "the Self is the
>lord of the self", "Use the self as your lamp, as your guide, ...",
>"Abide in your self", etc."
My appeal to T.R.V.Murti's authority was in the matter of translation
alone. He takes special pains to correct the mis-translation by
Mrs.Rhys-Davis (if I remember right).
And did I say that the Buddha
> taught the Atman doctrine?
"On the contrary there're numerous places where he teaches the
existence of the self."
You say now:
> Why I pointed out those verses is to show that the Buddha taught the
> existance of the self as well as anatta. So reading "no self" in Buddha's
> teaching, is not that straightforward.
Your argument ("On the contrary there're numerous places where he teaches
the existence of the self.") seems to rely on a *mistranslation*.
If you cannot bring out a constructive full
> fledged argument, keep out of the discussion and don't quote partially and
> out of context and confuse the readers.
I agree with many of the arguments in your posts. I don't agree with some
based on what I've read. If I joined in with detailed replies to your
posts which I would like to do, it would require the kind of time I don't
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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