Maninder wrote: Karinos wrote:
also Buddha is considered by Hindu an incarnation of Vishnu. Confusing isn't it?
Actually ,its good ,as it brings hinduism and buddhism closer and can enable reform of hinduism from its caste ridden state.
Depends on who you ask. Many I've met have respect for the Dharmas of both "Buddhism" & "Hinduism," and in Nepal especially these are not distinct entities for the reasons highlighted in by the OP.However,
for those Hindus who wish to draw such distinctions between themselves and Buddhists, often Shakyamuni is said to have been the avatar of Vishnu that came to lead the apostates away
from the Vedas.
In other words, we're the infidels who fell for Vishnu's ruse. This despite the fact that much of what we call "Hinduism" today comes from Buddhadharma being co-opted when the various strands were in decline.
In India, as everywhere else, there are those who wish for ethnic and socio-religious purity by segregation. This type of tension is more between the Hindu and Muslim populations (just as the India/Pakistan tension on a national scale), but negative views towards Buddhists are not unheard of, lest we allow ourselves to become naive Orientalists. It is one of the main reasons behind conflicts such as the bombing, dismantling and demolishing of Muslim places of worship in order to build Hindu temples.
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།