rachmiel wrote:Does Buddhism say "There is no ultimate reality, no brahman" or "It's of no use to speculate about ultimate reality, because it's unknowable." The first shuts out the possibility of brahman, the second doesn't.
An ontological ‘ultimate’ is flat-out rejected throughout the Nikāyas, especially in the Alagaddūpama Sutta
where the Buddha outright mocked the brāhmaṇa doctrine of ātman as a ‘doctrine of fools’ (bāladhammo
), translated by Nyanaponika Thera as a 'foolish idea'.
Norman discusses this nicely in A Note on Attā in the Alagaddūpama Sutta
Also see Anattā: A Different Approach
, By Sue Hamilton