[Advaita-l] On Brahmasutra - Shankara Bhasya - By Swami Paramarthanandaji

R Krishnamoorthy srirudra at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 01:09:57 CDT 2015

Dear Sri Jaldhar
It is not very clear as to what you wanted to say.WhetherBuddha propounded
a systematic philosophy or did not.May be a typo responsible for this.I
think you want to say that it is not fair to downgrade Buddha's sayings as
no philosophy..R.Krishnamoorthy.

On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 10:47 AM, Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> On Tue, 15 Sep 2015, Sunil Bhattacharjya via Advaita-l wrote:
> Thank you Sadaji for the good work of Swami Paramarthananda. However, I am
>> a bit hurt at the statement that Lord Buddha did not propound a systematic
>> philosophy. Lord Buddha's life  was like an open book. He learnt Sankhya
>> from Alara kalama but did not agree with the pluarlity of the purushas.The
>> he took to practice  of yoga under Ramaputta but did not agree entirely
>> with him. Then he meditated in Gaya for 6 years and was enlightened and he
>> could see all his past lives. Another person to say that he knows all his
>> past lives was Lord Krishna. Then as a first step Lord Buddha  taught in
>> Sarnath about the 4 noble truths including the 8 fold-path needed as
>> preparatory to the Spiritual journey and then he taught about the ways to
>> achieve the Videhamukta state, which he called as the state free from the
>> five skandhas (five koshas) or the state of Shunyata. This is the gist of
>> his life's teaching established through innumearble discourses.
> The sutras and other discourses weren't written until much later.  I think
> it is quite fair from a historical point of view to say that Shakyamuni did
> not propound a systematic philosophy.
>> As regards Budhha's philosophy one should read Buddhist canonical
>> theravada texts and the canonical Mahayana texts. The brain-waves of people
>> like Vasubandhu, Dignagaga and Dharmakirti
> ...who all lived a thousand years after the death of Shakyamuni.
> in Buddhism are probably like the works of Navyanyaikas in Hinduism.
> Not even close.  Buddhism had already been mostly forgotten in India by
> the time of Navynyaya.  Only the oldest transitional figures between the
> old and new schools of Nyaya such as Udayana acharya had direct experience
> with debating Buddhists.
> --
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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