Comparing and Contrasting Hinduism and Buddhism

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Hinduism and Buddhism, both ancient Indian major belief systems, were instrumental in shaping the everyday life as well as a life span of ancient Indians. More of progressive enlightened philosophy than a religion, Buddhism illuminated the path to righteousness, good heartedness, honor and virtue through the Eight Fold path and the Four Noble Truths. Hinduism emphasizes asceticism (refraining from the “wants of life and its worldly pleasure”) and reincarnation, or rebirth of an individual in the hopes of the ascension of one’s soul based on the results of the past lives and the attempt to be released of the “wheel of life” cycle. Buddhism was created, although perhaps not wantonly by the enlightened philosopher Siddhartha Gautama as an alternative to the affluent Hinduism. Son of a ruling Kshatriya family (or soldier class in the caste system), Gautama trained in martial arts. As he grew older, he toiled with the burden of death and sickness and dedicated his life to finding the cure for these ailments. He finally achieved enlightenment and discovered the meaning of life after a days’ worth of meditation under an oak tree. From this he drew his philosophical views of the Eight Fold Path and the Four Noble Truths and spread his teachings to the world. Hinduism is a polytheistic religion centered on the four Vedas, or a collection of hymns and ceremonies. Some of the major Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu belief are Brahmin the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the destroyer. Hindu religion sprouted from the concept of Brahmanism or the traveling on the wheel of life until the individual soul is reunited with the Great World Soul. A caste system was created to group the people into sects and essentially, to keep track of how close an individual was to escaping the wheel of life. To do good in life would surely see you to the next step of the caste system and to be bad, the opposite. Each step on the caste system held more rigged stipulations as to how...
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