Early Advaita Vedanta & Buddhism

Early Advaita Vedanta & Buddhism

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Author: Richard King
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 353
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170305586


The book provides an in-depth analysis of the doctrines of early Advaita and Buddhism that has important implications for the question of the relationship between Hindu and Buddhist thought. The author examines the central doctrines of the Gaudapadiya-karika in a series of chapters that discusses early Advaita in relation to the Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogacara schools of Buddhism.

The question of the doctrinal diversity of Indian Buddhism is also discussed through an analysis of the concept of Buddha-nature and its relationship with Vedantic thought.




1. The Date and Authorship of the Gaudapadiya-karika :

i. The Identity and Date of Gaudapada

ii. Authorship of the Gaudapadiya-karika :

a. The Relationship Between the First and Second Prakaranas

b. The Relationship of GK II, III, and IV

iii. The Gaudapadiya-karika and Bhavaviveka

iv. The Author of the Fourth Prakarana and Buddhist Scholasticism


2. The Vedantic Heritage of the Gaudapadiya-karika :

i. The Three Foundations (Prasthanatraya) of the Vedanta-Darsana

ii. The Upanisadic Heritage of the Gaudapadiya-karika :

a. Cosmogonic Speculation in the Upanisads

b. Psychology in the Upanisads

c. The Four States of Experience

d. The Mandukya Upanisad

iii. The Bhagavadgita and the Gaudapadiya-karika

iv. The Brahmasutra :

a. Doctrines of the Brahmasutra

3. The Abhidharma Context of Non-Origination (Ajativada) :

i. The Non-Origination of Dharmas-Absolutism and the Svabhava Debate in Buddhism

ii. The Sarvastivada Abhidharma

iii. The Nature of Samskrta and Asamskrta Dharmas :

a. The Sautrantika Position: Asamskrta-Nairatmya

iv. The Unique Particularity of Dharmas-A Mahayana Critique :

a. The Non-arising (Anutpada) and Immutability of Dharmas

4. Non-Origination in the Gaudapadiya-karika. Early Vedantic Ontology and Madhyamaka Buddhism :

i. Mahayana Buddhism and the Fourth Prakarana of the GK :

a. The Two Truths in the Mahayana Tradition

b. The Nature of Samvrti

c. The Two Truths in the Gaudapadiy-akarika

ii. Foundations of Non-Origination : The Paradox of Change :

a. Nagarjuna's Refutation of Absolutism (Svabhavavada) and the Gaudapadian Response

b. Emptiness (Sunyata) and Non-dualism (Advaita)

iii. Non-Origination and Emptiness : The Madhyamaka and Advaita Perspectives

5. Asparsa-yoga in the Gaudapadiya-karika :

i. Asparsayoga as a Meditative Technique :

a. The Four States of Experience in the Agama-Prakarana (GK I)

b. Meditation on the Phoneme OM

ii. Asparsayoga as a Description of the Ultimate State :

a. The Attainment of Gnosis (Jnana) in the GK

iii. Asparsayoga : The Gaudapadian Phenomenology of Perception :

a. Non-contact (Asparsa) and Representation-Only (Vijnapti-matra)

b. The Yogacara Phenomenology of Perception

c. The Non-Veridicality (Vaitathya) of Waking and Dream Experiences in the GK

d. Maya in the Gaudapadiya-karika

iv. The Meaning of the Term 'Asparsayoga'

6. Gaudapadian Inclusivism and the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition :

i. The Gaudapadian Conception of Buddhism

ii. The Theory of Non-Conflict (Avirodhavada) in the GK :

a. Inclusivism in the Gaudapadiya-karika

b. The Bhavavivekan Response to the Vedantic Inclusivism of the GK

7. Absolutism in the GK and the Mahayana : the Tathagatagarbha Texts

i. The Tathagatagarbha Texts

ii. The Systematization of Indian Tathagatagarbha : The Ratnagotravibhagasastra

iii. A Question of Hermeneutics : Is There a Mahayana Absolutism? :

a. Tathagatagarbha and Two Types of Emptiness in Tibetan Mahayan

iv. The Gaudapadiya-karika and Tathagatagarbha Buddhism