Comparison of Hinduism and Buddhism

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Hinduism and Buddhism both had an immense effect on ancient civilizations such as China and India. They changed people’s outlook on life, both say that one should be good and follow his role in life; this gave people a purpose to work. While Hinduism believed in reincarnation by a person deeds in the last life, Buddhism focused on breaking the reincarnation cycle. Hinduism and Buddhism both believe in the concept of reincarnation but Hinduism focuses on climbing the levels of the caste system while Buddhism focuses on breaking the cycle and becoming one with the universe. They both spread to different areas but by similar methods, and they both encouraged one to follow their job in life, leading to people following a specific system of society. The effects of these religions made much of the East the way it is, even today it still affects these areas.

Hinduism believes that reincarnation into a higher caste is the ultimate goal of life, while Buddhism believes that becoming one with the universe is the goal. Hinduism doesn’t have a founder, but is a collection of ideas. In Hinduism, a person is supposed to follow the job of their caste, or their dharma. The Hindus also polytheistic, but primarily believe in Brahman, the creator of the universe. Buddhism focuses mostly on ethics but still acknowledges multiple gods. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama; his belief was to give up all worldly desires to achieve enlightenment. These concepts are both significant because Hindus perform their duties while Buddhists try to achieve enlightenment, leading to two different lifestyles. Both are very strict but Hinduism seperates people by their social class.

Hinduism believes in the caste system, a system of social levels, while Buddhism says that everybody is equal, but we must give up pleasures. Hindus believe that when one is born into a caste, he must fulfill his dharma. They believe that if one is true to his duties, he will be reincarnated into a higher...
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