Piya Tan on Jainism

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Piya Tan on Jainism

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Another famous Buddhist teacher praises Jainism.
The ancient University of Nalanda failed for 2 reasons.

Firstly, as it grew, it became more academic, learning for the sake of learning, instead of teaching and practising what the Buddha taught. It also became very large and rich. This attracted the Turk marauders who had been watching Buddhist monastic wealth for centuries before finally invading India 17 times between 1000 and 1027! Finally, they overran northern India.

Buddhism was effectively uprooted from northern India (bad karma?). Yet, the quietist vegetarian jains survived intact to this day. The main reason for this was and is that they have lay teachers who kept on teaching the Jaina Dharma in the privacy of their own homes. They protected their Dharma, their Dharma protected them.
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It is impossible for the Dharma to have bad karma (rhymes 8-) ). And it is well understood, at least in Vaishnava circles, that Sankaracharya's brand of impersonalistic Advaita Vedanta philosophy took hold in India and drove Buddhism out back then, this was Shiva's specific plan, especially to increase the population over a travelling mendicant lifestyle. (No fault on Shiva's part, Advaita Vedanta is considered "covered Buddhism", Shiva is a Buddha, and this was under the specific order of the Supreme Lord, by far to spread Buddhism into other parts of the world.)
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The ancient University of Nalanda failed for 2 reasons.

Firstly, as it grew, it became more academic, learning for the sake of learning, instead of teaching and practising what the Buddha taught. It also became very large and rich. This attracted the Turk marauders who had been watching Buddhist monastic wealth for centuries before finally invading India 17 times between 1000 and 1027! Finally, they overran northern India.
Sectarian nonsense. Islam conquered wealthy Hindu ashrams & cities and poor Hindu villages too. Islam prospers by domination of non-Islam. When they conquered much of Spain were those who hid their non-Islamic beliefs free of control & restrictions by their Muslim overlords? Not a bit.
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The Islamic Golden Age was similarly ended by the barbaric Mongol invasions of Iraq which wiped out its scholars and libraries.

With respect to Nalanda I would say it was probably the riches accumulated which attracted marauders. The Turks, as distinguished from the more civilized Arabs, were not a scholarly lot as well, and was much occupied with warfare and pillaging.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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