Author: Richard KingPublisher: Sri Satguru PublicationsYear: 1997Language: EnglishPages: 353ISBN/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.
INTRODUCTION :RECENT WORK ON THE GAUDAPADIYA-KARIKA OUTLINE OF THE MONOGRAPH1. The Date and Authorship of the Gaudapadiya-karika :i. The Identity and Date of Gaudapadaii. Authorship of the Gaudapadiya-karika :a. The Relationship Between the First and Second Prakaranasb. The Relationship of GK II, III, and IViii. The Gaudapadiya-karika and Bhavavivekaiv. The Author of the Fourth Prakarana and Buddhist ScholasticismConclusion2. The Vedantic Heritage of the Gaudapadiya-karika :i. The Three Foundations (Prasthanatraya) of the Vedanta-Darsanaii. The Upanisadic Heritage of the Gaudapadiya-karika :a. Cosmogonic Speculation in the Upanisadsb. Psychology in the Upanisadsc. The Four States of Experienced. The Mandukya Upanisadiii. The Bhagavadgita and the Gaudapadiya-karikaiv. The Brahmasutra :a. Doctrines of the Brahmasutra3. The Abhidharma Context of Non-Origination (Ajativada) :i. The Non-Origination of Dharmas-Absolutism and the Svabhava Debate in Buddhismii. The Sarvastivada Abhidharmaiii. The Nature of Samskrta and Asamskrta Dharmas :a. The Sautrantika Position: Asamskrta-Nairatmyaiv. The Unique Particularity of Dharmas-A Mahayana Critique :a. The Non-arising (Anutpada) and Immutability of Dharmas4. 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 Traditionb. The Nature of Samvrtic. The Two Truths in the Gaudapadiy-akarikaii. Foundations of Non-Origination : The Paradox of Change :a. Nagarjuna's Refutation of Absolutism (Svabhavavada) and the Gaudapadian Responseb. Emptiness (Sunyata) and Non-dualism (Advaita)iii. Non-Origination and Emptiness : The Madhyamaka and Advaita Perspectives5. 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 OMii. Asparsayoga as a Description of the Ultimate State :a. The Attainment of Gnosis (Jnana) in the GKiii. Asparsayoga : The Gaudapadian Phenomenology of Perception :a. Non-contact (Asparsa) and Representation-Only (Vijnapti-matra)b. The Yogacara Phenomenology of Perceptionc. The Non-Veridicality (Vaitathya) of Waking and Dream Experiences in the GKd. Maya in the Gaudapadiya-karikaiv. The Meaning of the Term 'Asparsayoga'6. Gaudapadian Inclusivism and the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition :i. The Gaudapadian Conception of Buddhismii. The Theory of Non-Conflict (Avirodhavada) in the GK :a. Inclusivism in the Gaudapadiya-karikab. The Bhavavivekan Response to the Vedantic Inclusivism of the GK7. Absolutism in the GK and the Mahayana : the Tathagatagarbha Textsi. The Tathagatagarbha Textsii. The Systematization of Indian Tathagatagarbha : The Ratnagotravibhagasastraiii. A Question of Hermeneutics : Is There a Mahayana Absolutism? :a. Tathagatagarbha and Two Types of Emptiness in Tibetan Mahayaniv. The Gaudapadiya-karika and Tathagatagarbha BuddhismCONCLUSIONS