Often many of us Hindus as well as non-Hindus are not aware what Buddhism is, what its practices are etc. And because of that many tend to feel that Buddhism is something other than Hinduism. In this thread, I will post facts and evidences which show that Buddhism and Hinduism are the same thing, just a matter of regional variation.

I am placing some links below which will show you the Hindu deities like Ganesha, Kali, Tara, Yama etc as depicted in Buddhism.

Vajrayogini, a Tibetan form mother Goddess Kali:
http://innerrave.org/images/photos/vajrayogini.jpg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tees/content/images/2007/06/04/vajrayogini_353_470x353.jpg

http://www.thangkapaintings.com/Themes/Template/vajrayogini_thangka.jpg

http://www.seabluegreen.com/kel/vajrayogini/vajrayogini1.jpg

She compares well with Kali Ma (Mother Kali)
http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/sub/goddess/IMAGES/KALI/symbol_full.jpg

http://www.nancarrow-webdesk.com/warehouse/storage2/2007-w44/img.54881_t.jpg

http://www.jaguarmoon.org/public/Goddess/kaliblue.gif

The Buddhist Ganesha

http://souljerky.com/articles/ganesha-buddhism-tantra-nepal.html

http://souljerky.com/_media/tantric_ganesha/stone_ganesha_nepal.jpg

Goddess Tara, a form of Durga (see lower half of the page on the link below)

http://lunadauhnn.wordpress.com/category/dieties/

Yama, death God (see at the bottom of the page which this link opens)

http://www.karmachakragame.com/game.html

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/54/Yama_tibet.jpg/200px-Yama_tibet.jpg

http://jafproject.net/index.php?id=P2192

http://www.iol.ie/~taeger/thkas/yama+y.html

Mahakala (Lowest part of the page)
http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/A%20-%20Tibetan%20Buddhism/Subjects/Tantra/Introductory%20essays/Deities/Deities.htm

Heruka
http://tantradeities.blogspot.com/2007/09/tantric-deities-buddhism.html

Bhairava
http://www2.bremen.de/info/nepal/Icono/Books/dtb/dtb-7.htm

Om in Buddhist mantras
http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/avalokitesvara

And Svaha in Tibetan Buddhist mantras

http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara
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priyadarshi