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Hinduism vs Buddhism

  • Date Submitted: 08/09/2012 10:43 PM
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The ideas of Hinduism and Buddhism both originated in India. However, the origin of Hinduism dates back to over 5,000 years ago whereas the origin of Buddhism came much later after that. Although Buddhism might show some Hindu ideas, it is still its own religion and continues to be practiced by millions today. Both religions have a huge influence throughout the world and have a lot in common while still showing unique individual rituals. Hinduism is the oldest religion as well as the world's third largest religion with the most complex religious system. There is no date to when it began nor is there a precise founder - it is a religion that has no beginning or end. Hindus believe in over 300,000 gods and the basic concepts of Hinduism include samsara, moksha, karma and darma. Samsara, also known as reincarnation, is the never ending cycle of life that goes through birth, death and rebirth. Moksha is the term used for being free of the reincarnation cycle. Those who reach this will no longer exist and will meet with the god called Brahman. Karma is the actions that one does which bind them to samsara - it's a negative notion. Each individual is responsible for their actions and each action plays a part in one's future. And finally, there's dharma, which literally means duty. Dharma is the duty done according to ones social status. It causes people to hold responsibility in their own caste system. These are the four basic concepts of Hinduism.
Buddhism, on the other, does have a founder, Siddhartha Gutama, and was founded around 500 B.C. Like Hinduism, Buddhism also has four basic concepts which are known as the Four Nobles Truths. The first is dukkha, samudaya, nirhodha and magga. Dukkha is the truth of suffering. This concept basically means that with life comes suffering and that because nothing is permanent in this world, one can never permanently hold on the things of this world. Samudaya is the truth cause of suffering, which is the attachment that one...


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