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.
While there are many similarities in both religions, they each contrast each other in many ways as well. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion, meaning that practitioners of the Buddhist religion do not recognize or worship a God. Instead, practicing Buddhists follow the teachings of a man named Siddhartha Gautama, who is more commonly known as Buddha. The term “Buddha” can be translated to mean “the awakened one”. Buddha’s followers recognize his as the enlightened teacher who would be able to help them let go of human wants, desires and ignorance to the goal of reaching a state of nirvana.
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.
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. Reincarnation takes various forms like a deity, man, animal or hungry ghost; however, the only wa... ... middle of paper ... ...ion allows people to believe that the unknown is not a threat so as long as they follow a set of rules or guidelines. Overall, having three different ways for people to practice Buddhism ensures that restrictive measures will not leave anyone without a religious option. BIBLIOGRAPHY Bary, W.M. Theodore De.
These... ... middle of paper ... ...hen we dive into the way religious studies perceive them, we will uncover differences, separating each by unique characteristics. Many religions believe in a transcendent dimension, separating us from earthly flaws, only obtainable through certain actions which we have already discussed. Nirvana, for Buddhists, is a transcendent destination, ending all desire and ignorance, which inevitably leads to the cessation of all suffering. During a state of nirvana, one may be considered enlightened, having ultimate knowledge and spiritual insight. The occurrence of nirvana triggers an ending of a person’s cycle of reincarnation, ending the process of constant rebirth.
The ultimate goal is to attain Moksha. It is the soul's release from the cycle of life and rebirth when the soul unites with Brahman, or the highest or supreme God in Hinduism. Hinduism is both a religious practice and a way of life that sets values, morals, and ethics into the lives of those who follow it. Hinduism strives to make sense of this world in what is right and wrong with human kind, but also has unresolved matters within its own context. A deeper look into Hinduism beliefs and traditions, reveal their views of humankind as being ignorant to the true nature of reality; perceiving materialistic objects over the essence of what shapes the immortal soul.
Buddhism is monism religion while yoga is dualistic. Both religions believe that freedom from suffering is freedom for the cravings that embody samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth. Where they differ is that yoga believes their is an Atman, a Brahman, a true self and ultimate reality that lie beyond material world, while buddhism believes that everything and everyone is composed of the same substance, sometimes referred to as dharmas. Buddhism says by acknowledging and coming to terms with the imperiance of everything, that all things change, that there is no self, anatman can person find Nirvana. Brahman is the ultimate reality, but in buddhism the freedom of suffering, Nirvana is not transcending reality but becoming fully immersed in an interdependent reality, unafraid of the change or death that has come or will follow the present moment of existence.
However, in Buddhism enlightenment is called nirvana, and is a release from the cycle completely, not a deployment to the realm of gods. The sort of middle way between these two extremes is a belief held by Mahayana Buddhists, whom identify the Buddha in three bodies, one of which, the Ultimate Buddha underlies, the entire universe and is identified as nirvana itself (Wangu, 2002) (BUd). On this journey to moksha or nirvana, one creates karma for himself. Karma as it is understood in the modern world “what goes around comes around” is a valid way to simplify this belief of Buddhist and Hindu religion. Both define it as “deeds that determine one’s position in rebirth, or samsara”.
Buddhist teachings focus on the idea that letting go of attachment and accepting the four noble truths will provide everlasting happiness: Nirvana. Nihilism, as argued by William T. Stace, focuses on truth’s opposition to happiness. Truth does not equal happiness; nonetheless, truth does not stand as happiness’ adversary either. Understanding the truth of the universe allows one to finds peace within themselves, as the illusions of attachment lead to suffering. In comparing and contrasting Nihilism and Buddhism, Truth is defined differently.
Both Hinduism and Buddhism are concerning the suffering of individuals and try to signal a path to self-awakening for people. Both Hinduism and Buddhism believe in reincarnation, which is a natural part of the world. The final objectives, either moksha or Nirvana, are similar to each other, that is being perfectly peaceful, understanding all things, and being liberated from the chain of reincarnations. In Hinduism, common people and individuals who are born into low-rank castes would find and achieve moksha much harder than upper-castes, such as Brahimin, simply because of their base hierarchy. However, Buddhism rejects the caste system and the privileges of the Brahmin priests.