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later expounded in the Lankavatara Sutra. Almost the whole of
Zen Buddhism supports the consciousness only metaphysics.
Not to mention Naga Arjuna's Madhyamika and the Vijnanavada
Tradition of Asanga and Vasabandhu.
In the Upanishads, there are Shankara and his guru Gaudapada
to refute and the whole host of Advaitins up to and including
Ramana Maharshi. The Kashmiri Swami Kaksmanjoo supported
the 'Trika' system which takes Pure Consciousness as the
In the West, you'd have to argue against Immanual Kant, George
Hegel and Arthur Shopenhauer. Not an easy task.
Excerpt from Mandukya Karika IV by Gaudapada:
"Duality is only an appearance; non-duality is the real truth.
The object exists as an object for the knowing subject; but it
does not exist outside of
conciousness because the distinction of subject and object is
within conciousness." (IV 25-27) Sharma, p. 245-246.
Excerpt from Mahayana Sutra Lankara by Asanga Maitreyanatha:
"Pure conciousness is the only Reality. By its nature, it is
Self-luminous." (XIII, 13). "Thus shaking off duality, he directly
percieves the Absolute which is the unity underlying phenomena
(dharmadatu)." (VI, 7) Sharma, p. 112-113
Subject: Vimshatika-Vrtti on Karika
Date: January 31, 2005