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Although Hindus didn't call themselves Hindus when he lived, he would have been born a Hindu. What factors pushed him away from Hinduism? I can think of two - He was against the caste system and did not believe in the authority of the Vedas or Vedic sacrifices. But still there must have been enough commonalities for Hindus to regard him as an incarnation of Vishnu and for Sankara's critics to call him a "hidden Buddhist"

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    Buddha neither knew that he was "Hindu" (as nobody did until several centuries later), nor did he know that he was "Buddhist" (which is established by followers). – iammilind Apr 3 '18 at 0:21
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    I have not found his disagreement with caste system in any of the Buddhist works, none of his disciples work mention either Varna or jati. – Anubhav Jha Apr 3 '18 at 5:38
  • One common thing between buddha, rama, krishna is-Well, the prophecy of Siddhartha becoming Buddha was given by asita en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asita the same asita was a Vedic seer as well as a staunch vaishnava. hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/21059/… the same asita prophesied Lord Krishna's divinity. – Anubhav Jha Apr 3 '18 at 5:48
  • Hindus regard him as an avatara because it is so stated in scriptures and not because of their own investigations about those "common factors" – Rickross Apr 3 '18 at 6:33
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    Belongs in buddhism.stackexchange.com. Off-topic. – user1195 Apr 4 '18 at 8:43

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