Hinduism, Buddhism, & Confucianism

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The three practices of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism (from their beginnings around 600 B.C. to around 600 A.D.) share common factors. Aspects of religion, life, and death are some examples. Confucianism, like Buddhism, was founded by a single person. Kong Fu Zi, 551 B.C. – 479 B.C., believed that social order and government could hold strong if they followed 5 basic relationships. If those relationships were followed he believed that the society would prosper. Unlike Hinduism and Buddhism, Confucianism is a way of life not a religion. Confucianism is based on a set of rules sort of like the Hindu religion. Confucius believed that the strongest bond was between children and their elders, so Confucius felt that filial piety, or respecting your parents and elders, was very important. Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions today. Unlike Confucianism, Hinduism is a religion which was founded over the years by multiple people. Over those years the people chose a set of rules to live by. At the center of these rules was the caste system, a strict order of social classes which you are born into. The caste system dictates to society the type of food you eat, the type of work you do, and even the woman you will be able to marry. Hindu’s believe that life’s purpose is to teach us how to reach a complete understanding, or Dharma. Along with Dharma comes Karma, the belief that ones actions in this life effect how your soul will be reborn in the next life. Buddhism was founded by a man named Siddhartha Guatama who lived from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C. Like the other two, Buddhism is based on not necessarily a set of rules but a set of options called the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path along with the Four Noble Truths, if one should choose to follow them, are said to lead to Enlightenment which is inner peace. Both Hinduism and Buddhism believe that the soul is

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