Buddhism And Hinduism: A Comparison Of Hinduism And Buddhism

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Way back in the sixth century before the Common Era, many different people caused many different events to occur all over the world that significantly influenced the world as we know it. Solon instituted many democratic reforms in Athens, which is further bolstered by Cleisthenes later on that century. Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, who fell to Cyrus the Great later that century. Confucius and his ideology rose to prominence in China, yet perhaps most influential was the birth and enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama, who would later become known as the Buddha whose teachings lead to the founding of Buddhism. In a place like India where Hinduism was more than just dominant, Buddhism surprisingly gained a fairly large following and has become…show more content…
Both religions’ adherents utilize statues and pictures to help express their beliefs, as well as prayers and/or obeisance. Both religions also emphasize intense meditation and yoga, as well as the abandonment of worldly pleasures and desire as crucial towards attaining spiritual enlightenment. Both Hinduism and Buddhism stress compassion towards all nature and life, human or not. Both practices also determined that the key to escape from worldly suffering is liberation from life rather than a heavenly abode, but this can be argued for Hindus as becoming one with God is fairly similar to entrance to heaven. Samsara, for both faiths, is considered the nigh-infinite cycle of reincarnation that Buddhists and Hindus intend to liberate from. Hinduism and Buddhism also share a few more key concepts, two of them being karma and dharma. Karma is explained best in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, which says, “As a man himself sows, so he himself reaps; no man inherits the good or evil act of another man. The fruit is of the same quality as the action.” In both faiths, karma is essential towards the reincarnation process (Samsara) as it is quite influential in regards to one’s place in the next cycle . While there is a vast amount of further similarities between Hinduism and Buddhism, a more in-depth look at their differences will do more in defining the essence of each

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