Early Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism: The Mahayana Context of the Gaudapadiya-Karika

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SUNY Press - Religion - 341 pages
This 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-karikain a series of chapters that discuss 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.
 

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Contents

The Date and Authorship of the Gauaapadiyakarika
15
The Vedintic Heritage of the Gaudapadlyakarika
51
The Bhagavadgita and the Gaudapadiyakarika
68
The Abhidharma Context of NonOrigination Ajativada
87
NonOrigination in the Gauqiapadiyakarika Early
119
Asparsayoga in the Gauaapiidfyakarika
141
Gaudapfidian Inclusivism and the Mahayana
183
Conclusions
235
Appendix A Running Translation of the Gaudapaldiyakizrikil
243
Notes
259
Bibliography
317
Index 351
331
Index of Verses 539
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Richard King is Lecturer in Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

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