Not harming any living creature and in doing so having the same respect returned to you by the way of Karma is part of the foundation that both religions share with many others though maybe not by the same definitions. For both a Hindu and a Buddhist attaining Karma by following this rule is key to make it to Nirvana. Though they do no study and worship in the same ways, Hindus typically tend to strictly follow the religious worship of the Vedas whereas Buddhists follow the teachings of Buddha and life and do not recognize any deities their end goal is the same: to reach Nirvana.
By not going with their instincts and ending all desire for the illusion of this world, one is able to reach enlightenment and finally rest from his suffering. The Buddhists worship the Buddha and follow the four noble truths in order to reach salvation. The four noble truths are: life is suffering, all suffering is caused by ignorance of the nature of reality and the craving, attachment and grasping that result from such ignorance, suffering can be ended by overcoming ignorance, and the path to the suppression of suffering is the Eightfold Noble Path. The Eightfold Noble Path is divided into three categories: morality, wisdom, and concentration. In contrast, Hindus say, “…that thou art.” This statement means that Brahman is the same as one true self, or his Atman.
For example, Buddhism shares the ideal that the world is an illusion and that in order to remove ourselves from physical, temporal and emotional suffering and we must understand what causes this suffering. One can take the necessary steps to move toward enlightenment once one understands what causes the suffering. Buddhism believes in reincarnation they does not draw social distinctions regarding rebirth unlike its Hindu counterpart. Buddhism teaches the basics and allows the member to work toward enlightenment in their own way. Reincarnation in Buddhism has to do entirely with their proximity to enlightenment, but Hinduism creates social paradigms where your deeds in life can cause you to be reborn into other beings such as animals and insects.
Buddhism is a philosophy, and that is not a negative connotation. With such positive thoughts on how to live life, Buddhism fits the description of a philosophy. The entire argument about Buddhism being a philosophy is solely based on the fact that Buddhism is less dogmatic than other religions. Buddhism does not ask it’s followers for unquestionable blind faith. Instead, it places a heavy emphasis on self discipline and individual striving.
The Buddhist definition of right conduct and personal obligation, dhamma is the path which must be taken to escape the suffering of worldly life. Other similarities between Hinduism and Buddhism are easier to see. Both religions maintain a broad perspective of religious worship; they are very indirect about it in their teachings. Hinduism is polytheistic while Buddhism maintains no structured belief in an independent; Buddha himself did not want to be worshipped. Either of these concepts creates a religion which can adjust and conform to local tradition and adaptations in intellectual and spiritual thought.
It is commonly practiced in Japan, Tibet, and Mongolia. The path to nirvana in Pure Land focuses primarily on faith, whereas, Theravada, the focus is on the individuals’ actions. Theravada, reinforces that one must follow the four noble truths to achieve nirvana. In a person’s life, they accumulate both good and bad karma. The good karma will aid a person in breaking the cycle of rebirth, but if too much bad karma accumulates then the person is automatically reincarnated.
Since the goal is to reach this level of bliss, all anger, ignorance, and desire (called trishna) has to be eliminated. These feelings are the root of suffering for Buddhist followers. When these negative feelings and emotions are realized and eliminated, nirvana and the escape from the death and rebirth cycle would then be reached. It’s an inner-awakening of the self and a realization of what reality truly is, and it is then one becomes enlightened as a Buddha. Though both Hinduism’s moksha and Buddhism’s nirvana are more or less synonymous, they both hold distinctive differences in the path that leads followers to the end goal of enlightenment from samsara.
Janille Erika M. Jamias May 05, 2014 Hi16 C Navarro IN SEARCH FOR A CURE TO SUFFERING Buddhism, a dharmic tradition, seeks to relieve people from suffering. Buddha discovered the problem with the world is that it is full of suffering and seeks to bring an end to the endless suffering and succeed in the search for lasting happiness. In other words, we can say that suffering is what inspired Buddhism. Furthermore dharma in Buddhism would be the universal truth or law as a result Buddha came up with The Four Noble Truths to support and sum up his teachings. To answer the question as to why Buddhism is being linked closely to social justice, we must further define social justice.
Buddhism is almost the complete opposite of our western world because our society requires us to act a certain way in order to thrive or even survive. “I desire not of the Lord the greatness which comes by the attainment of the eightfold powers, nor do I pray to him that I may not be born again; my one prayer to him is that I may feel the pain of others, as if I were residing within their bodies, and that I may have the power of relieving their pain and making them happy.” (Santi Deva, pg. 148). This quote is a perfect representation of conflict of interests between values of our society and those of the Buddhists. The quote captivated me because it is completely opposite to the ideals in our society.
Question 3: Comparing Buddhist Nirvana with Hindu Moksha Nirvana is a word that is commonly used in Buddhism with varied meanings depending on the use. It means the state of blowing out from certain detractors in life. To “blow out” has great meaning and refers wholly to the extinguishing or dispelling of oneself from certain characters that are considered to be iniquitous. It is characterized by peace of mind and it saves man from the sufferings, the cycles of rebirth, and death. Nirvana could only be achieved by individuals who observed the laid down rules and detached themselves from sin.