[Advaita-l] Re: Buddhism Related Discussions
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Aug 15 00:36:45 CDT 2006
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006, Lakshminarayana wrote:
> Namaste Shri Jaldhar,
>> Of the Nastika darshans, Jainism has had a
>> longer-lasting and more
>> profound influence on our tradition IMO and even
>> that is not very much.
> If it is not out of scope of this list, I am
> interested in knowing how jainism influenced advaita-vedAnta.
I did not mean Advaita Vedanta but "Hindu" culture in general,
specifically vegeterianism as Abhishek correctly guessed. I have remarked
here before that no Buddhist country has anywhere near the percentage of
vegetarians that India has. Of course you can find an impulse towards
vegetarianism and ahimsa in Vedic shastras too but Jainism put (and
continues to this day to put) a heavier emphasis on it.
I don't know about other areas but in Gujarat Jains specialized in
creating pothi bhandars or libraries of manuscripts of all sorts not just
their own tradition. This was an important way of preserving scholarship
in what were otherwise very trying times.
Finally the very fact that Jainism is around today whereas Buddhism had
become extinct by the 12th century and was moribund for several centuries
before that indicates a greater possibility for influence don't you think?
On Mon, 14 Aug 2006, Abhishek RK wrote:
> I don't believe that the shramaNa tradition is diametrically opposed to
> the brAhmaNa tradition as the latter has been much influenced by the
and vice-versa. "brahmanas and shramanas" are just one manifestation of
the age-old divide in Indian culture:
karma and ritual jnana and meditation
caste or other group individual
this life endless reincarnation
Quite a lot of philosophical schools do not fall entirely within one
category. You cannot simply say Brahmana = orthodox and shramana = radical.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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