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How do Buddhists separate caste system from itself when Gautama Buddha was so casteist?

The most important idea in Buddhism with regards to caste is that regardless of which background one is from, if one is righteous, consummate in virtue, and earnestly seeks the path leading to ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

I am very familiar with Bhagavad Gita. First time I read it was 30 years ago, and I still come back to it from time to time, it sits right here on my bookshelf. From the traditional perspective, the ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

This isn't the most important point, but an addition that was not mentioned in other answers. Arjuna was kshatriya by varna (ancient Indian class system) so war was his duty The Buddha didn't ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

We know Buddhism discourage violence and war, but Buddha's advice is nuanced ie not as simple as coming out and saying, "war is bad, violence is bad, you will go to hell participating." ...
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How do Buddhists separate caste system from itself when Gautama Buddha was so casteist?

Those quotes are taken out of context, and don't mean what you're trying to use them as. See the difference between DEscriptive and PREscriptive. For example, if someone says "hey, there's a wad ...
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Did Buddha comment on Hindu incarnations like Krishna Rama etc?

No. Story of Krishna and Rama are fictitious stories. In fact Rama was partly mentioned as buddhas past life in jataka katha. Even the concept of Ishvara(GOD) was not there. ┬┤ekeshvarvad(theory of ...
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Have any Buddhist thinkers responded to the critique of the Brahma Sutras?

This answer is written with reference to Brahma Sutras with commentary by Adi Shankara (BSSB), translated by Swami Vireshwarananda (1936). The Brahma Sutras are too cryptic to be understood without a ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

We don't have to speculate. The Buddha clearly taught that the warrior who exerts himself in battle to kill others will go to hell (i.e. suffer bad consequences) according to SN 42.3, quoted below. ...
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