People in the west take everything literally and thus create self and otherdharmacorps wrote: ↑Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:31 pmThis is all in how you handle it I think. I have a neighbor who is a very devout Hindu (he was a Hindu priest), and on finding out I am a Buddhist, declared his happiness because Buddha is an representation of Vishnu, therefore we both follow the same religion (meaning, Hinduism). I don't agree, but we do share many aspects of how we follow our paths-- restraint from alcohol, harming, etc. There may come a time when I need to tell him I disagree with his interpretation, but for now, there is more benefit in friendliness and commaraderie in practice with him then engaging in a debate about the Buddha and Hinduism. I view it the same as Mahayana people who hold ideas I disagree with on Theravada. You have to pick your battles.
Vishnu means all pervading shuddhi sattva consciousness not bound by klesha
Buddha is the awakened one who leads one to Tathagata which also means all pervading
Buddha then is same in terms of conscious being
Only the mundane literal intellect makes a division and promoted by people with little or no experience and prefer to stick with beliefs
Truth is one