Buddhism Essay

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Buddhism is from the same area as Hinduism, but they are very different t from each other. Both Buddhism and Hinduism are from the Middle East near present day Iraq and India. They are also both 2 of the world’s top followed religion. Hinduism shares the culture with Buddhism which is Indian culture. Even though these two religions are from the same place on Earth they are very different in detail. Hinduism was founded first out of the two in 1500 B.C. by no exact person but in the ancient scriptures it says god himself founded it. The spiritual leaders of the Hindu religion are called gurus or sages. The main language of the Hinduism followers is Sanskrit. Sacred texts are the Vedas, Upanishads, Sutras, Bhagavad Gita. The purpose of life of Hinduism is to attain moksa from the reincarnation cycle. If the karma of that person is unresolved their soul will be born into a new body. If the karma of that person is resolved they will attain moksa and discontinue the cycle of reincarnation. In the present day, Hinduism is ranked as the third largest religion in the entire world. The followers of Hinduism live life according to dharma and worship their gods in a temple or a shrine at home. Their belief is pantheistic with polytheistic elements mixed in. 5 major holidays of Hinduism are Mahashivarati, Holi, Ramnavami, Dusserah, and Diwali. The four stages of life that followers go through are brahmacharga, grhastha, vanapratha, and sanrgasu. There are three debts that they owe, which are debt to god, debt to sages and saints and debt to their ancestors. Followers of Hinduism must follow ten commitments, ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, aparigraha, saucha, santosha, tapas, svadhyaya, and Ishvara Pranidhana. Buddhism was founded in about 520 B.C. by Siddharta Gautama, an Indian prince. It was founded in Northeastern India and is mainly located followed in eastern

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