Topics: Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga Pages: 3 (903 words) Published: May 1, 2013
Similarities and Differences between Hinduism and Buddhism by Arya S. Hinduism and Buddhism are two of the most influential religions around the world. Both religions have similar roots and philosophies and originated in India before the Common Era. They are among the top five major religions around the globe. Today, Hinduism ranks third as an organized religion and is much older than Buddhism. Buddhism and Hinduism have survived for centuries and are still widely practiced around the world. Buddhism is based on the teachings of Lord Buddha who had been a Hindu before attaining Nirvana, and therefore given this fact, it follows that Buddhism share some similarities and some differences in certain doctrinal beliefs, practices, and sacred texts. The first similarity that shows Hinduism to Buddhism is their beliefs on Reincarnation. Both Buddhism and Hinduism believe in the process of reincarnation based on deeds of the present life. Hinduism also believes that everyone is a part of an impersonal world and therefore, one's soul reincarnates into another body of any being, based on the deeds of the present life. This is not disregarded by Buddhism but is not as important. The second similarity between the two is their beliefs on salvation. They both believe that one has to work for salvation and therefore, cannot blame others for their actions. The salvation depends on the good deeds of a person. In Hinduism also, one attains salvation as per one's own fate and deeds. There are four paths or yoga’s to attain salvation: Karma Yoga which is the way of good works, Bhakti Yoga which is the way of love and faith, Jnana Yoga which is the way of knowledge, and Raja Yoga which is the way of salvation. The third similarity noticed by many is On Enlightenment and Sufferings. Buddhism and Hinduism both believe that there are many paths to attain enlightenment such as overcoming through your feelings and desires and controlling over the six conscious senses. They also believe...
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