[Advaita-l] Buddhism Related Discussions

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 4 10:07:38 CDT 2006

--- Ravisankar Mayavaram <abhayambika at gmail.com> wrote:

> Please see the following point from the list guidelines:
> 4) Discussion of nAstika philosophies such as Buddhism, Jainism,
> etc.,
> are outside the scope of this list. However, scholarly articles
> comparing
> these traditions with advaita-vedAnta are permitted. You may send
> them to
> the list moderators for prior approval.

No one violated the list policy. The policy does not imply that all
posts SHOULD be sent to the moderators for approval.

> You have just  buddhism related questions or you main interest in
> buddhism, then those questions are not appropriate for this list.

If moderation begins every time the word "Buddhism" is mentioned,
discussions will not happen. Moderation ought not to cripple one's

It is impossible to understand portions of advaita, especially
Gaudapada's Karikas, without a clear understanding of Buddhism, and
this discussion was started by Vidya for that reason. I don't see any
reason whatsoever the questions why the posts on the questions on
Buddhism should not be permitted.

If you please, I would be interested in how you can explain the
Alatashanti Prakarana without at least a rudimentary discussion on

> But
> if you are scholar of both the traditions (buddhism and
> advaita-vedAnta) or at least know these reasonably well, then you
> can
> write a post comparing these.

How can one become a "scholar" of both the traditions without asking
questions and getting answers?

I don't know of a single person living in this planet who can claim
to be a scholar of both these traditions.

> Personally I do not know much about buddhism to judge the quality
> of
> the articles, fortunately we have Vidya in the moderators list and
> he
> can help moderate this discussion.   If Vidya does not have time to
> moderate this discussion, my suggestion is, we should postpone this
> discussion and have it at his convenience.

I personally feel we should have discussions on Buddhism that help us
understand advaita. In the *rare circumstance* that a person in this
list wants to propagate Buddhism or being Buddhism-related
discussions for its own sake, Vidyasankar Sundaresan should exercise
his discretion as moderator.

> With good wishes,
> Ravi

Best wishes,

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