Malcolm wrote:Nope, the distinctions between Advaita and and Madhyamaka are very subtle, which is understandable since Advaita philosophers cribbed Madhyamaka, causing no end of confusion for modern students who are unaware of the history of Indian philosophy in general. Nevertheless, the differences are important, and that fact that Advaitans had to resort to Madhyamaka, in essence, to Buddhists to refute their co-religionists is just one more proof of the superiority of Buddhadharma. (cue: lion's roar).
This sounds exactly like what the Daoists did in China, some of there works seem to completely copy Buddhist language and in the case of the Chong Xuan (Two Fold Mystery school) uses the tetra-lemma and other devices of the Madhyamaka to advance their doctrine. If it was like that in China it must have been a lot worse in India.
Some of their texts include stuff like:
“Mystery” is a name for what is profound and far; it also implies the meaning of nonattachment. It denotes the ultimate profoundness and the ultimate distance, no attachments and no clinging; when there is no attachment to being and no attachment nonbeing. Then, one is] not only not attached to attachment but also not attached to “nonattachment.” Thus, the hundred negations and the tetra lemma [leave the adept with] no attachments whatsoever. This is called “twofold mystery.” (Yan 1983, 260; Robinet 1977, 256).18
The Three Worlds are empty, the three times are empty, knowing the three times are empty by body is empty, knowing my body is empty all dharmas are empty, the emptiness of dharmas is known as the Empty Sea.
Not existence, not non-existence, though it has a conventional name it as no true body. Why? False natures conventionally combining is known as existence; realising the ultimate is known as emptiness
https://gss.grad.uiowa.edu/system/files ... %20MYSTERY)%20THOUGHT%20AND%20%20%20%20BUDDHIST%20MADHYAMIKA%20IN%20THE%20EARLY%20TANG%20(618-720)%20by%20Cuma%20Ozkan.pdf
https://zh.wikisource.org/zh-hans/%E5%A ... F%E7%B6%93
http://www.360doc.com/content/13/1019/0 ... 8342.shtml