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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 incarnation. Shrimad Bhagavatam says, to delude the people who are envious to the gods, at the beginning of Kali Yuga Buddha will appear as the son of Anjani ...


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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-paksha-khandana [refuting other thoughts with aid of anubhava and yukti]) he has regarded Sankhyas as pradhānamalla (cheif opponent) (Sū. Bhā. 1.4.28) with whom ...


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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 Validity of Paths'. There the Path of Buddhas and Arhatas is also considered one among the many paths. अथातः संप्रवक्ष्यामि मार्गप्रमाण्यनिर्णयम् । श्रद्धया सहिता ...


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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 schools of Hinduism & Buddhism(only a very high level view). Advaita Advaita school believes in Jivanmukti(liberation here and now). One can attain Moksha ...


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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 believe in God. They are non-theistic schools which do not believe in God, but believe that Vedas are authority. So, there are itself schools in Hinduism which do ...


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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 intellection deserves to be punished as it were a thief and know an atheist to be on par with a mere intellectual. Therefore he is the most suspectable and should be ...


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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 darsita-pasu-ghatam kesava dhrita-buddha-sarira jaya jagadisa hare O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Buddha! All ...


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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, has refuted these arguments in his work called Agama Pramanya, or "Proof of the validity of the Pancharatra Agamas." In it, the opponent claims that ...


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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 people who do believe that Buddha is an incarnation, the reason that Buddhists and Hindus have different beliefs is because of the fundamental purpose of Vishnu'...


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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 Vedas. Remember that Krishna opposed the Karma Kanda also (see Gita 2.42-44). In his book The Advaita Tradition in Indian Philosophy: A Study in Advaita in ...


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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 University and then Chair of Philosophy at University of Jabalpur and Visiting Professor in the University of Allahabad) says on pages 34-35: Many Vedic schools of ...


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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 reconcile Atman and Brahman? Sankaracharya calls worshippers of forms as beginners and Brahman with form as not Its true essence. Naturally Sankara was called ...


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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 | अभिगम्याश्रमम् सर्वे वाल्मीकि मभिवादयन् || २-५६-१६ After deciding thus Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana all with joined palms approached the hermitage and offered ...


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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 are recognised as celestial musicians in the court of Indra along with the celestial nymphs. A Gandharva named Viśvāvasu has been mentioned several times in the ...


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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 irrespective of whether Buddha is a Hindu god or not, the message he preached and spread is different than that of Hindu/Vedic beliefs. For example while ...


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No. The verse you mention is not present in the Critical Edition (CE) of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa. Therefore it's safe to say it's an interpolation. In fact, verses 30-39 of Sarga 109 of the version available at valmikiramayan.net has been excised from the CE. Translation of the sarga in which Rāma responds to Jābāli's arguments – from the Debroy translation based ...


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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 Buddha Dharma. Their time of birth is considered different (do not have more details on this). Both are from Gautam Gotra. Therefore, it is possible that "...


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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 the same as ego. So who is right? There is no way to intellectually decide who is right. I am adding this material to essentially answer the question in the ...


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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, deception or material benefits was not prevalent in those times - be it Hinduism , Jainism or Buddhism. The practice was that the vanquished in a philosophical ...


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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 || १-१७-३९ "Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., a kind of wild rodent, a kind of wild-boar, a kind of lizard, a hare and fifthly the turtle are ...


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Yoga is the union of the subject and the object. Meditation is the ways, the means, to attain that. Through meditation we learn to control the mind. We are not aware of the spiritual world because since our birth our minds have been constantly bombarded by sensory experiences. To see the bottom of a pool of water, the water must be still, there cannot be any ...


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Similarities of names is generally insufficient to draw a conclusion as such; especially because there are no significant similarities between Buddha and Ganesha. For instance, the name Ganapati occurs in rigveda 2.23.1 and is also used to refer to Indra at other places. Additionally, Indra is known for slaying Vritra or "obstacle", so Indra and Ganesha ...


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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 Mahayana sunyata corresponds to the Vedantic Brahman. (Loy, David 1997. Non-Duality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy, p. 211) Natalia Isayeva says: “On the whole ...


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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 slaughtering animals for their own sake but the excuse was that since it is allowed in scriptures, so nothing wrong. But if animal sacrifice reduces to mere ...


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Religion is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. So Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, etc, are religions. Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Saakteism, etc, being in vogue ...


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Read Sankara's Brahma Sutra Bhasya II.ii.31 where he attacks the Buddhist Idealists (Vijnanavada), Buddhist Realists (Sarvastitvavadins) and Buddhist Nihilists (Sarvasunyavadins or Madhyamikas). As for the ego-consciousness that is assumed to be the abode of disposition (or tendency), that too has no stable form, since you postulate its momentariness ...


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Shankara's description of Buddhists in his time Among them there are three schools: some are Sarvastivadins (divided into the Sautantrikas and Vaibhasikas, believing respectively in the inferential and perceptual existence of all things); some are Vijnanavadins (or Yogacaras, believing in the existence of consciousness or ideas alone); while others are ...


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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 meant the followers of Tathagata Buddha or simply those sects who don't follow Sruti and Smriti texts. The Agni Purana ,however,mentions Buddha as one of the ten ...


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