All serious Vaishnavas consider Buddha an avatar of Vishnu, but the question is which Buddha? First, let us prove that the Buddha was indeed an avatar.
Some claim that the Buddha was either an interpolation in the puranas or that the puranas themselves came after the time of the Buddha. Allegedly, this would bring Buddhists into the fold of Hinduism. However,...
Bhagavata and all other Puranas which mention Buddha were Post Buddhist.
The Lord once more came to you as Buddha and taught you how to feel,
how to sympathise with the poor, the miserable, the sinner, but you
heard Him not. Your priests invented the horrible story that the
Lord was here for deluding demons with false doctrines! True indeed,
but we are the ...
The verses are out of context and incomplete.
Linga Purana 1.24.141-143 says
"All devas and Ganas are identical with Vishnu. There is no goal equal to the goal of attaining Vishnu. Thus sing the Vedas perpetually. Then how did this happen that the Lord of Devas(Vishnu) worshipped you in the Linga and remained ever devoted to you? " Shiva answers as ...