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Comparing Buddhism And Samsara

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In both Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, they follow and focus on similar yet different concepts of liberating themselves from ‘Samsara’ and the suffering that comes with it. Samsara in both Hindu and Buddhist philosophies is the endless cycle of death and rebirth. So, the end goal is to work towards the enlightenment from this cycle. Though the two concepts are similar in that the goal is the same, the two have distinctive and important differences on how they view this “release” from the rebirth-death cycle; they both follow different paths to reach that end goal which, in basic terms, is to live a happy life. In Hinduism philosophy, the term used for the liberation from the cycle is known as Moksha. “Letting go” is quite literally the…show more content…
This is known as “nirvana”. Nirvana means the ending of all suffering; a state of supreme bliss. So, it is not only the release from samsara, it is the end of all suffering as well. Being that it is the highest level of the philosophy, it’s the goal of all followers. 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. In Hinduism, “letting go” or releasing from samsara by way of the realization that “atman is Brahman” is what moksha is defined as. Contrastingly, Buddhism involves extinguishing feelings that cause suffering and thus, achieving…show more content…
Eliminating all causes of “suffering” would not only be unenjoyable, but would be a long process. Whereas, when achieving nirvana, opportunities would arise continuously throughout the life and death cycle to have experiences with Brahman. In a world where distractions are quite literally heavily ingrained into everything we do and see (by way of advancements in technology, especially), I believe the difficulty of achieving the highest level of Buddhism that is nirvana, in comparison to Hinduism’s moksha, would be much greater. The traditions and values of Hinduism and Buddhism when speaking of the liberation of samsara hold many similarities and distinctive differences that highlight the values of both philosophies. Though the path to having a life full of happiness may be different, the end all goal of their respective ideals is to free themselves from the cycle of life and death and have a satisfying experience doing
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