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.
Nirvana could only be achieved by individuals who observed the laid down rules and detached themselves from sin. Moksha is a common belief in the Hindu religion and it describes a state where one’s soul connects with god’s soul. In the Hindu religion, achieving moksha removes one from the cycle of life and death, which is the state of reincarnation as one moves from one life to the next. In essence, moksha is a state of unification of one’s soul with that of the creator, therefore achieving oneness of atman and Brahman. This essay discusses the various similarities and differences that exist between Buddhist Nirvana and Hindu Moksha.
In the Buddhist belief however, there is no separation between you and any other person or animal. This is where the idea of no soul or no self came from. Buddhist drops all pride because we live on others. Because we are all connected to each other, by helping another you help yourself and by hurting others you hurt yourself. The goal of living and dying is to eventually be enlightened by seeing the world as it actually is instead of the illusion that we see with our senses.
Zen and the Art of Shakespeare Like all Buddhism, Zen is a means by which one can achieve Buddha-consciousness, or in effect "total-consciousness." "Total-consciousness" means being aware of the true self and its role in regard to the infinite cosmos of all existence. This awareness allows one insight into or perhaps understanding of the Tao, the essential singularity to which all things belong. Understanding the Tao, for Taoists and Zen Buddhists alike, is the equivalent of Nirvana, loosely described as the utmost fulfillment of one’s existence. With all of it’s lofty, mystical terms and ideas, Zen Buddhism can seem very hard to talk about much less understand and follow.
The aim of meditation is to achieve the realization that our true nature is nothing less than the Buddha nature. The above analysis thus shows that a number of similarities and differences can be found in Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. Both these forms however have one thing in common – the transitory nature of human life, as we know it. Although in our hearts we may long for eternity, the unavoidable fact is that we are only temporary beings and true spirituality begins with acknowledging that. References Ch’en, Kenneth KS.
Chloé Gendron James Jervis April 14th 2014 Word count: 1281 Nirvana: the Ultimate End for a Buddhist For Buddhists, regardless their country, Nirvana is the ultimate objective they want to reach. It is characterized by the end of suffering and so, the achievement of complete peace. It is also associated with the freedom for desire, hatred and delusion, which are the three unwholesome roots. After this liberation, the cycle of rebirth is over and this, since the beginning of the religion until now. I will argue that Nirvana is the ultimate end for a Buddhist.
However, if one wishes to become enlightened, we should be recall the worlds of the Buddha when he advocates for insight through direct experience. Buddhism has a long tradition of scholarship, as the commentaries and interpretations of the Heart Sutra demonstrate, but even scholarship is empty and we must not forget the need for direct experience on which insight is also dependent. Wisdom is perfected through practice, not intellectual understanding alone. Works Cited Tenzin, Gyatso and Jamyang Gawai Lodro. Essence of the Heart Sutra.
Hinduism And Buddhism Hinduism and Buddhism both try to offer a theory of why people would suffer from temptation, drudgery and pain, and how to attain enlightenment and self-awakening in order to obtain freedom from the tempting and arduous world. Hinduism believes that all beings and existence of the universe are one, but Buddhism thinks that no body has self. Buddhism produced more workable and fairer views in terms of metaphysics and institutional requirements for individuals than Hinduism. The fundamental core of Hindu metaphysics is that Atman is Brahman. Atman refers to the conscious core of one’s being, as well as other sentient beings, and it is eternal, pure spirit (Bresnan, p.54).
They believe that to have faith in a higher power is nothing more than illusion. The Buddhist “athirst” in fact think that life is not a reality. In Buddhism, a person strives to reach the Nirvana through mediation. The Nirvana is the “blowing out” of the fame of desire by ending the vicious cycle of reincarnation. 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.
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.