Experts and Elite Personalities of Sanatana Dharma knows that Buddhism is born from Hinduism but do not agree with some teachings of Hinduism.

Swami Vivekananda is an elite personality states this fact.:

There were many names for many parts of the organs, because they had to* cut up animals for sacrifice. The sea is described as full of ships. Sea voyage was prohibited later on, partly because there came the fear that people might thereby become Buddhists.

Buddhism was the rebellion of newly-formed Kshatriyas against Vedic priestcraft.

Hinduism threw away Buddhism after taking its sap. The attempt of all the Southern Acharyas was to effect a reconciliation between the two. Shankaracharya's teaching shows the influence of Buddhism. His disciples perverted his teaching and carried it to such an extreme point that some of the later reformers were right in calling the Acharya's followers "crypto-buddhists".

What is Spencer's unknowable? It is our Maya. Western philosophers are afraid of the unknowable, but our philosophers have taken a big jump into the unknown, and they have conquered.

Western philosophers are like vultures soaring high in the sky, but all the while, with their eye fixed on the carrion beneath. They cannot cross the unknown, and they therefore turn back and worship the almighty dollar.

There have been two lines of progress in this world—political and religious. In the former the Greeks are everything, the modern political institutions being only the development of the Grecian; in the latter the Hindus are everything.

My religion is one of which Christianity is an offshoot and Buddhism a rebel child.

[Notes Taken Down In Madras, 1892-93,...,The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda]

Are there any similar statements from other such elite personalities of Sanatana Dharma saying that Buddhism is a child of Hinduism.?

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    Buddha is one of the avatars of Vishnu. so yeah, it is a child of Hinduism. Buddhism, along with Jainism, Charvaka etc. form the nastik schools of thought.
    – mar
    Jan 16 at 23:26

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I think this really depends on ones perspective I know little about Hinduism (Im here to learn) but I am a Theravadian Buddhist. One thing about Buddhism is the rejection of many core Hindu ideas from the Vedas to anatta, the difference in the idea of karma nibbana vs moksha and etc.. I would guess it depends on one stance toward those ideas and the philosophical schools. Though there certainly is a relation between them, not such a distinct family like relation found in abrahamic religions but never the less related. Though I think the Buddha would reject the notion itself, personally I kinda like it.

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The philosopher and later President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan said in his Indian Philosophy (1923), "Early Buddhism is not an absolutely original doctrine" and that "Buddhism, in its origin at least, is an offshot of Hinduism". Also the current Dalai Lama who is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists has said that the Buddha was born in a Hindu family. Now to be fair the Dalai Lama did not say Buddhism was an offshot of Hinduism but he did acknowledge that the Buddha was born and raised in a Hindu environment and so I think it's fair to say that it must've had at least some influence on his teachings.

  • There was no such thing as hinduism before Buddhism, call it vedic or brahmanism
    – blue_ego
    Jan 26 at 12:10
  • That's what a couple of academics in the West who have been saying this for the last 20 years or so. But the general view remains that Hinduism dates back to the Vedic period, if not even earlier to the Harappan period.
    – Abhi
    Jan 26 at 13:20
  • yes, i agree with them. it's a retrofit. my feeling is that hinduism is vedanta, and moreover, as mentioned many times, buddhism does not revolve around god
    – blue_ego
    Jan 26 at 13:41
  • i would also argue that swami vivekananda's idea was to defend against british imperial thought, i.e., a system attempting to further divide indians
    – blue_ego
    Jan 26 at 14:37

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