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Of course traditionally Theravada Buddhism has regarded Nagarjuna as not one of its own. He has too long been claimed by Mahayana to expect otherwise. But some relatively recent scholarship regards him as a transitional figure, with close affinities -- as you suspect -- to Early Buddhism. In fact, a very strong case can be made that he regarded himself ...


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You've asked for a Mahayana text, which may or may not include MN121, in which the Buddha says: MN121 Whatever ascetics and brahmins enter and remain in the pure, ultimate, supreme emptiness—whether in the past, future, or present—all of them enter and remain in this same pure, ultimate, supreme emptiness. Although "emptiness" is probably what you ...


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In response to: so the middle way is never between annihilationism and eternalism? – sorta_buddhist yesterday They are two different things and they are not equivalents. The Middle Way is a way to behave, annihilationism or any other point of view indicating a position with regard to existence is an opinion as to the real nature of things. Our behavior is ...


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In the video, the speaker said: Vedanta is about Atma (the Self). ... the next word is Sakshi (Witness) ... What is the Self? Is it this bundle of flesh and blood? Is this person in the body? The mind, the intellect, the memory, the likes and dislikes, the knowledge, the person I think I am - is that the Self? Or is it something beyond that? ...


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Sutta show that language and the verbalization of thought are by default with delusion not without delusion. We say 'an apple', maybe we can point to one like we can point out ourselves in a photograph or otherwise point at our body. If we analyze the semantics of the word 'apple' we see that it's referent is included in either; shapes & colors made ...


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Buddhism teaches Anatta (not self) and the Nibbana is the final goal. You can't find them in Advaita Vedanta. Buddism also has Noble Eightfold Path with a clear set of instructions as to how to attain Nibbana. In my opinion, it is just more than semantics. The only way to be sure is to study and practice both.


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In response to @sorta_buddhist's comment: "because one sutta is not always exhaustive of the meaning of any "phrase"" complaining of the fact that I only gave one citation as an example. Never mind that this was a citation to the first sutta ever spoken by Gotama and which was the initial point where the Middle Way was introduced. Also, I would flag @...


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"And I, Ānanda, will not proceed with you as does a potter with an unbaked (vessel), not fully dry. I will speak, Ānanda, constantly reproving, constantly cleansing" -MN 122 @sorta_buddhist Apologies for allowing my frustration with the English of your question and your remark to show itself in the tone. But you should overlook tone and focus on whether ...


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@sorta_buddhist (commenting on @SacrificialEquation's statement that inanimate objects are conformations (presumably his translation of sankhāra, but meaning "the shape or structure of something", where sankhāra means the making of something or the doing of something, and specifically with regard to the middle way, the making of one's identification with ...


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There is not one iota of difference in the manner and extent with which objects exist and the manner and extent in which the skandhas or any other existent exists. And of course objects exist! They do so provisionally and conventionally without even the smallest amount of 'real' or 'true' or 'substantial' existence. Some things utterly do not exist... such ...


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I do not know how middle way is related with the question whether mountain will exist forever or will be destroyed? But I will try to answer your question. Sabbe Sanskar Annicca meaning all conformations are transitory meaning if mountain or any object are result of coming together of things (like consciousness , elements etc) then they are bound to change ...


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The middle way -- between annihilationism and eternalism -- does apply to objects. Objects are neither existent nor not existent. They are interpretative imputations made on the basis of multiple causes and conditions temporarily coming together in their non-stop motion, transformation, and interaction. Objects we have consciousness of are not "made of" ...


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You may need to commence with "The Path of Purification'' pdf - English translation Bhikkhu Nanamoli - Introduction page xlv has a section on ''Trends in the Development of Theravada Doctrine." This may give you an insight on the Need for a System to cut through all the Suttas you refer to and show 'The Way'' to Enlightenment. I believe this is the only book ...


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Not a complete answer (and limited to the US, and speculative at that) but ... re Mahayana: Likely the first introduction of Mahayana to the US came from the importation of Chinese labor used for the construction of the railroads (c 1865). @ 1938 Dwight Gottard's A Buddhist Bible was instrumental in popularizing a mix of Theravada, Mahayana/Zen Buddhism ...


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Here below list in details of scriptures with recommended prayers in sequence for everyday practice as well as where these scriptures could help.


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