Part-5 Buddha Teaching And Sanskrit

West Point of View: Brahmin monks wanted to put Buddha’s teaching into sanskrit, but the Buddha rebuked this attempt and asked that his words remain in his own dialect and not Sanskrit.Pollock sees this purported Buddhist rejection of Sanskrit as a rejection of the Vedas. He wants us to believe that these were in an ideological war with each other.[1]   Response:Buddha’s position on whether … Continue reading Part-5 Buddha Teaching And Sanskrit

Part-4

West Point of View: Buddhist Challenged the authority of the vedic tradition by means of processes calls ‘transvaluation of values’ and ‘normative inversion’ whereby one group turns another’s obligation into Abominations, and often Vice versa,He cites a few examples of such inversion, such as: whether animal sacrifices are allowed or not, the meaning of dharma, the meaning of’arya’ and so on. He obsessively looks for … Continue reading Part-4

Part-3 Buddhism and restriction that were built into the vedas 

Sheldon Pollock Claim:Buddhism toppled restriction that were built into the vedas  Response: Ashok Aklujkar disagrees with Pollock’s claim that Buddhism toppled restrictions that were built into the Vedas- He says that brahmins were competing with Buddhists and Jains in Sanskrit knowledge production. The social restrictions, he feels, may have been a competitive strategy to assimilate all social groups and the texts being produced. By way … Continue reading Part-3 Buddhism and restriction that were built into the vedas 

Part-2 Pre-Buddhist era And Sanskrit

West Point Of View:- Pre-Buddhist era Sanskrit Could be used solely for sacred rituals And not For laukika/vyavaharika (worldly). It was Buddhist Intervention That Led to sanskrit entering world of men in the sense of laukika uses  [1]   Response:The first attempt to systematically describe language as a whole was made in India by Panini (c. sixth to fifth-centuries BC) in classical Sanskrit. Panini, the celebrated … Continue reading Part-2 Pre-Buddhist era And Sanskrit

Part-1: Relation Between Buddhism and Hinduism 

West Point of View: Often say that the relationship Buddhism and Hinduism  between the two is like the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in some ways. Christianity was inspired by the life of a Jew and Buddhism was inspired by the life of a Hindu [1]. Response: Buddhism is considered a part of Hindu tradition because Buddha never said I am starting a new religion—he only … Continue reading Part-1: Relation Between Buddhism and Hinduism