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  1. Francis Earl

    Francis Earl Member

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    Even in Buddhism, it doesn't mean that.

    What Buddha has asserted about Nirvana is exactly what the Vedas describe it as...

    Cessation of personal story, essentially...

    Of course, without a personal self, it is difficult to suffer...
     
  2. seattlegal

    seattlegal Why do cows say mu?

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    Do you have any references to the use of the word nirvana in any of the Vedas? If so, I'd love to see them!
     
  3. Francis Earl

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    http://www.vedarahasya.net/nirvana.htm Seems like a good start...
     
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    seattlegal Why do cows say mu?

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    seattlegal Why do cows say mu?

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    With Buddhism, it isn't necessarily the cessation of the personal Self. Rather, the basis for consciousness is untraceable. (See the Water Snake Simile for more, if you are interested.)
     
  6. Francis Earl

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    Care to elaborate?

    I cannot even call Buddhism different from Vedanta.

    Of course, this is at least in part because my interest is in bringing traditions closer in my understanding.

    I see no usefulness in pretending they are discussing different truths...

    Truth cannot be two when you encounter it.

    Only expressions can differ.
     
  7. Francis Earl

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    This is certainly a strange assertion...

    One of the foundations of Buddha's teaching is anatta - exactly the cessation of personal self...

    Certainly, Brahman is prior to consciousness - which is a particular shakti and thus ultimately maya.
     
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    Although a fun question for the Buddha might be "who sees there is no self?"

    Which the Advaitin would suggest is the true Self...

    Debates are fun.
     
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    seattlegal Why do cows say mu?

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    I started a new thread for this tangent here:
    http://www.interfaith.org/community/threads/18116/
     
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    seattlegal Why do cows say mu?

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    I addressed this in the new tangent thread, as well. :)
     

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