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Is Gautama Buddha an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Putting aside what people say and believe if you go through the scriptures then you will find that Buddha was an incarnation of Vishnu. The two prominent scriptures about Vishnu portray Buddha as His ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya lose a debate against the Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu?

Shankara never considered Buddhists as serious threat for mainstream Hinduism or its Philosophical thoughts. In his Magnum opus Sutra Bhashya (the work which also has one of its objectives as para-...
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Where is Buddhism also considered a Valid Path in Hindu scriptures?

22nd Chapter of YajnaVaibhava Khanda of Suta Samhita of Skanda Purana deals with the validity of various paths. The chapter itself is named as as 'MargaPramanya Nirnaya' which means 'Decision of ...
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The differences between "Nirvana" in Buddhism and "Moksha" in Hinduism

Both Nirvana & Moksha are liberation from Samsara(repeating cycle of birth, death & rebirth). To understand the difference between them, we'll see what Moksha & Nirvana is as per many ...
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Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God and the Vedas? If so, why?

Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God? First of all among the Six Schools of Hinduism the schools like Vaisheshika founded by Maharshi Kanada, Samkhya founded by Maharshi Kapila etc.. do not ...
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Did Rama really call Buddha as a thief?

First of all, this translation translates the word buddah in the literal meaning of intellection, rather than the name of the founder of Buddhism: It is an exact state of the case that a mere ...
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Is Gautama Buddha an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

From the Vaishnava perspective, Buddha is regarded as an avatar. First from the poet Jayadeva, who lists him as one of the dasavatara: nindasi yajna-vidher ahaha sruti-jatam sadaya-hridaya ...
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Why is Sankaracharya accused as Pracchana Bauddha (crypto-buddhist) by many Vedantins?

It is very natural that Vaishnavas do not like Sankara's interpretation of Vedanta. You can read my answer to another question here: Did Shankara reject some doctrines of Atman or Brahman in order to ...
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Between Daśaratha-Jātaka and Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa which is older?

Valmiki is Lord Ramas contemporary. For eg. In the Ayodhya Kanda Lord Rama, along with Sita and Sri Lakshmana meet Valmiki in Chitrakuta forest. इति सीता च रामश्च लक्ष्मणश्च कृताञ्जलिः | अभिगम्या...
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Has any Hindu scholar who upheld birth based Varna system refuted Assalayana Sutta?

Has any Hindu scholar who upheld birth based Varna system refuted Assalayana Sutta? Yes, the medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Yamunacharya, who lived a hundred years before the time of Ramanujacharya, ...
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How to prove that Nirvana term in Gita isn't borrowed from Buddhism?

Totally false claim. Adding Nirvana makes no sense later because the the concept was already present in in Mahabharata before that. 'Nirvana' is one of the names of Vishnu in Vishnu sahasranama of ...
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Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God and the Vedas? If so, why?

There is a lot of misunderstanding not only among Hindus, but also among many Buddhists. Buddha was not opposed to the Upanishads - he was opposed to the Karma Kanda, the ritualistic portion of the ...
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Is Gautama Buddha an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The answer is complex, but going by the wisdom put in IS GAUTAM BUDDHA CONSIDERED ONE OF THE DASHAVATARS?, the answer is NO. It differentiates between Buddha of Sanatan Dharma and Gautam Buddha of ...
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Why is there a separate religion for Buddha, if Buddha is a Hindu god?

I should start out by saying that there are some people who believe that Buddha is not an incarnation of Vishnu, and that any scriptural references to Buddha are a later interpolation. Now among the ...
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Why is Sankaracharya accused as Pracchana Bauddha (crypto-buddhist) by many Vedantins?

In his book The Advaita Tradition in Indian Philosophy: A Study of Advaita in Buddhism, Vedanta and Kashmira Shaivism, Prof. Chandradhar Sharma (formerly Professor of Philosophy Banaras Hindu ...
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Is the word "Gandharva" related to the conception of an embryo?

Is the word "gandharva (gandhabba)" related to the conception of an embryo? No. The word Gandharva is not related to the conception of an embryo. Gandharvas are a type of celestial beings. They ...
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Why did Vishnu incarnate as Buddha after delivering Gita?

Well in Vedas, animal sacrifices are prescribed. But there came a time, when real purposes behind the sacrifices probably got forgotten and people started doing the rituals wrongly and were merely ...
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What are the main arguments in favor of the Ātman view over the Anātman view?

Buddhists say that the Hindu Atman theory is about the ego which in their view is non-existent. Hence they call their no-ego theory Anatman (not Atman). Hindus of course do not accept that Atman is ...
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Why is there a separate religion for Buddha, if Buddha is a Hindu god?

It is because the discrimination of religions as it has come to be is mostly based upon the primary scripture or teachings of the prophet or god rather than who the god is or who the proponent is. So ...
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Is Advaita's Nirguna Brahman same as Madhyamaka's "emptiness of emptiness"?

If sunyata is absolutism, then it can be argued that Sankara’s Nirguna Brahman is identical to sunyata. Numerous Buddologists, both past and contemporary would agree. David Loy states that the ...
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Did Adi Shankara persecute Buddhists in Nagarjunakonda?

Some of the baseless accusations that Neo-Buddhists have leveled against Adi Shankaracharya is that he persecuted Buddhists, destroyed Nagarjunakonda and Amaravati etc. Proselytization by force, ...
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What is the role of Jainism and Buddhism in introducing Vegetarianism to Hinduism?

The question is how did this movement (Vegetarianism) spread to Hinduism? Ramayana says (Kishkinda Kanda) पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || १-१७-...
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Adi Buddha and Gautama buddha, Which one is the real avatar of Lord vishnu?

I think Buddha is mentioned in many Puranas like Agni,Padma,Vayu,Vishnu and few others.In all of them simply Buddha is mentioned or the term "Bauddha" is used.Although not sure if by "Bauddha" is ...
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Why is Sankaracharya accused as Pracchana Bauddha (crypto-buddhist) by many Vedantins?

All Vedanta schools must have Atman at the core of all sentient beings (Bhagavad Gita 2.17-30). If it does not, then it is not Vedanta. Regardless of whether it is Dvaita, Advaita, Visishtadvaita, ...
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What is the difference between concepts of Maya in Hinduism and Buddhism?

There are different schools and sub-schools within Hinduism and also different schools and sub-schools within Buddhism. So, for this answer, I will limit the scope. I choose to limit it to Advaita ...
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Is there any merit to the claim the Gita was written as a repsonse to Buddhism?

No, it is without any merit as will be shown in this point by point rebuttal. Is Buddhism egalitarian? Let me give an excerpt from Ambattha Sutta, Digha Nikaya: 'So even if a Khattiya has suffered ...
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