Here is a set of questions that I would be very interested in seeing the person posting as Denise Anderson (or anyone else) take up, instead of simply repeatedly cutting and pasting (with nauseating formatting) "essays" that he/she has already written.
He/she claims that every extant school of Buddhism has failed to grasp the truth of the Buddha's adherence to Vedanta that he/she sees. Why is this?
How does he/she account for what he/she claims is a tremendous and rapid metamorphosis of Buddhism from a school of Vedic commentary that embraces the Atman to an entirely distinct and varied set of religious schools, none of which hold the Vedic view of the Atman?
Surely such a fundamental and rapid metamorphosis -- if it truly happened -- would have produced piles of commentary as adherents of Buddhism hashed out the transition, and surely debate on such a fundamental issue would have produced a commentarial literature at least as voluminous as, for example, the debate over much more nuanced perspectives between the two Madhyamika schools.
What are its primary texts?
Who were its major protagonists?
What were the arguments?
Why has he/she not mentioned any of this debate at all?
Why did those who rejected the Vedic view of the Atman win a victory so totally complete that every extant school of Buddhism for the last 2000 years has rejected the Vedic view of the Atman (including adherents of shentong and yogacara)?
Why did it take adherents of the British colonial project in South Asia (e.g., Grimm) to somehow uncover the truth of Buddhism?
Why have all established scholars over the past five decades considered the translations and interpretations of people like Grimm to be so erroneous as to once again submerge the notion that Buddhism = Vedantism into an oblivion so great that it is not even a subject of scholarly debate? In other words, why have the supporters of the notion that the Buddha held to the Vedantic view of Atman yet again suffered a defeat so resounding that they have faded into mere historical footnotes?
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