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Ancient Connections - Comparative Religions

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I have chosen to find similar belief and characteristics in the two religions and or ways of life in the faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. To further understand my studies, I will also view a few differences of their Philosophies and perspectives. And finally, concluding with how my personal faith and moral way of life   (Islam) may be akin to these philosophies spiritually and ritualistically.
There are four dominant religions in the world, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. The essential principles of Hinduism and Buddhism demonstrate many commonalities while at the same time the present many differences, in terms of understanding their concepts. Hinduism has no founder, but rather a cumulative of ideas and thoughts, whereas Buddhism is attributed to be founded by Buddha.
Four noble truths of Buddhism, first being “dukkha” (existing phenomena)   second   “tanha” (a desire of material belongings) third, would be the escape from “tanha” and the last being detaching oneself from this life. (pg 83).
Hinduism believes in the existence of souls, the individual soul and the supreme soul. The Supreme soul is known as Brahman. On the contrary, Buddhism does not believe in the existence of souls. (www.betweendifference.com)
Hinduism approve of the Buddha as one of the ten incarnations.   Buddhism does not accept any God or Goddess in this religion of Hinduism, with any equality to the Buddha. Hinayana Buddhists, stray away from worship of the images of the Buddha, nor do they believe that Bodhisattvas exist.
Desire is the root cause of all evils according to Buddhism. Hence they consider the world a repository of sorrow and affliction. Removal of affliction is considered the primary aim of human life. According to Hinduism people should strive to achieve what are called four ends of human life during their stay in this mortal world. The four ends of human life are dharma (righteousness), artha (material wealth), kama (sensual...


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