Hinduism and Buddhism

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Religion can be described as a centralized belief in which a group of people live their lives according to a set of practices, relating to the existence of a particular deity in order to fulfill a purpose. Religious studies are categorized so that each religion may be conveyed in an understandable way in which they are intended to. Many religions attribute, intentionally or not, to what is known as philosophical parallels. Attaining to these parallels involves a big problem with the way vocabulary is utilized. The philosophical parallel: problem of syncretism stimulates the question of whether there is such thing as an authentic religion. Most religions utilize this trait in such conditions that they use certain features of other religions in their own. A big problem with syncretism is the permanence of a religion; all religions must modify with society in order to subsist.

A religion known as Hinduism(s) can be described best as a “two room cottage”. Whenever Hinduism(s) originated, approximately around 1000 BCE, it started in India as something small and has progressively renovated with additions to new and changing concepts. Hinduism(s) has expanded all the way to the West, exhibiting it’s acceleration of growth as a religion. Following Hinduism(s) is the fourth largest religion, widely illustrated as cousins, is Buddhism. It is known to be the oldest missionary religion which is practiced throughout Asia. Buddhism existed as a religion after the birth of Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama. Although Hinduism(s) and Buddhism share many similarities, one characteristic that makes them unique is the way in which they recognize the atman/soul/life energy existence within an individual.

Classical Hinduism(s) has one main a...

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...he followers. If people are “blind”, then their ability and use of eyes to see are in a sense (literally and metaphorically) futile. When people are given a toolbox, there is a particular means of use for it, like religion, it’s a toolbox and inside lies numerous apparatus’ , thus, should be used; although everyone uses a particular and different tool, they are all just a mass of means used for solitary use.

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