Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta — Are they really that different?

I sometimes visit a website dedicated to my other passion, Taoism and Tai Chi, called “Tao Bums — http://www.thetaobums.com”.

One day, I came across a discussion thread asking for suggestions for possible reading material on the matter of Non-Duality on the forum. With the best intentions in mind, I recommended reading Swami Vivekananda’s “Vedanta — The Voice of Freedom” and an excellent primer and introduction to Jnana Yoga by our on Dr. Ramakrishna Puligandla, suggesting that Advaita Vedanta is a really old school of Non-Dualism and the seeker would benefit from studying it/about it.What ensued was really interesting to me.

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Why should Buddhists worship Hindu Devatas?

Buddhist Tripitaka scriptures were written about 200 years after Buddha's parinirvana. These scriptures now form the bed rock of Theravada Buddhism. A perusal of these scriptures shows a clear tendency to make fun of Hindu Devatas. Great Brahma is in fact shown as a humbug and a fool as is clear from Kevatta Sutta in Digha Nikaya which is given below.

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