Autor: Fernando Tola
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the current and most accepted opinion that Maṇḍana Miśra and Śaṅkara lived around 700 A.D. and to examine the question of their reciprocal doctrinal relation. This opinion about the dates of both authors was expressed by P. Hacker already in 1964, in “Zur Geschichte und Beurteilung des Hinduismus”, OLZ 59, 1964, column 231. More recently A. W. Thrasher in 1979, in “the dates of Maṇḍana Miśra and Śaṅkara”, WZKS, 23, 1979, pp. 117-139, defends the same thesis with a large exposition of arguments. K. H. Potter in 1981 in Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Advaita Vedānta, following A. W. Thrasher’s opinion as expressed in The Advaita of Maṇḍana Miśra’s Brahmasiddhi (Thesis, Harvard University, 1972), considers (p. 346) that “Maṇḍana Miśra must have lived around A.D. 660-720”, and places (p. 116) Śaṅkara “in the late seventh and early eighth centuries”.
Tola, F. (1989) “On the Date of Maṇḍana Miśra and Saṅkara and their Doctrinal Relation”, ABORI LXX: 37-46.