This book represents an attempt to compare the critique of Buddhism as set forth in the interpretations of Sankara, Ramanuja
and Madhva to the Brahma-sutra II.2.18.32, with the positions actually elaborated by the Buddhists in their own texts.
It is also an attempt to compare the conflicting interpretations of the three commentators. In order to provide a background
for the study of these sutras, however, it is necessary to explore the following topics: A) The Text; B) The Three Vedantins;
C) Arguments Among the Buddhist Realists-Sarvastivadins and Sautrantikas; D) Vijnanavadins and the Logicians; E) The
Madhyamikas; F) The Later Logicians; G) Sankara's "crypto"-Buddhism.
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This book represents a comparison of the critique of Buddhism as set forth in the interpretations of Sankara, Madhva, and
Ramanuja to the sutras of the second section (adhyaya) of the Brahma-sutras concerned with the refutation of Buddhism, with
the positions actually elaborated by the Buddhists in their own texts. An attempt is also made to compare the conflicting
interpretations of the three commentators to these particular sutras, in accordance with the philosophical approach unique to
The book is divided into two parts. The first part consists of an Introductory Background. It includes a brief
description of the Brahma-sutras as a text and summarizes the philosophical positions of the three commentators. The second
part proceeds sutra by sutra to study the three commentators' interpretations of the particular sutras directed against the
Gregory J. Darling received his Ph. D. from the Department of Religion at Columbia University in New York City in
1982. He specialized in Indic Religion. His advisor was Alex Wayman, Professor of Sanskrit at Columbia University and author
of many books and articles on Buddhism.
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