Rakshasa wrote:Founder of Advaita (Shankara) was criticized by fellow Brahmins as being a Crypto-Buddhist. Although he did not acknowledge the plagiarism from Buddhism, his grandteacher Gaudapada admits that he is greatly influenced by Buddhism, especially Madhyamika of Nagarjuna. So no wonder both "appear" to be same. Besides, Advaita doesn't really have any "practice" as such. The Shankaracharya lineages of current times are only into rituals, worship, etc.
Advaita = Buddhism + Caste system + "Vedas infallibility".
Thanks for the fresh air. I read Gaudapada's karikas a few years ago; they are interesting and helpful in getting a clearer insight into N's karikas. And yes, I can see a lot of Buddhism in Vedanta. Thanks to Dr. Hajime Nakmur's great two volume set, A History of Early Vedanta Philosophy, we can see how Mahayana became the sun of reason for so many Indians like Gaudapada. Switching gears a little, Buddhists were not concerned that much with Vedanta. They were more concerned with the “outer path-farers” (tirthika) specifically, Sâmkhya and the Vaisesika, according to Dr. Nakamura.