Because Hinduism and Buddhism focus so much on peace, it is uncommon to see wars over these religions. Both religions have similar goals: to be with Brahman, the ultimate ruler. A big difference between Hinduism and Buddhism is their gods. The Hindu religion has thousands of gods while Buddhism refers to the universe as a deity. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, who changed his name to Buddha, “the Enlightened one.” Much like Jesus, who was born into a Jewish family, Buddha was born into a Hindu family.
I think Hinduism is a very unique religion that is among the world. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world and it is mankind’s spiritual declaration of faith on earth. I know to my knowledge that Hinduism was not founded in a historic event; however it has a recorded history. Hinduism have nick name and they are “mother of religions and spiritually”. The reason for those two names is because Hinduism has influenced virtually in religion and can absorb other religion so it can honor and embrace their saints.
Assignment 1: Comparison of Two Religions Although the past weeks in the study of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism have provided great insight and inspiration, the concentration of this research will seek to provide further exploration of Hinduism and Buddhism. Hinduism and Buddhism, both originating in India are very similar religions that, at the same time have distinct differences. While Hinduism is about understanding existence from within a person’s soul, Buddhism is about understanding and recognizing the absence of the permanent soul. In Hinduism, attaining the highest life possible is a process of removing the body from distractions in life, allowing one to eventually understand their own internal nature. In Buddhism, by following a methodical life one can find an understanding of existence and achieve Nirvana (enlightenment).
John Ferrara Comparative Religion Professor Ryan Scacci 1 May 2012 Shinto and Buddhist Japan In Japan, there are two religions that dominate the life of an average citizen. These religions are Shintoism and Buddhism. Shinto, or “the way of the gods”, is the indigenous faith of Japanese people, with an ultimate goal to reach cosmic harmony, with all elements in balance. Ninety million people in Japan also follow the religion of Buddhism, which comes from the word “Butsu” or “Buddha”, which means “teaching”. These two religions are far from exclusive, and overlap each other in many ways.
Confucianism and Hinduism Thesis: Confucianism and Hinduism are very similar in the aspect of having a social caste system; however, their views on who rules and patriarchial societies are very different. Body TS 1: Confucianism was a religion/philosophy in China that had many values concerning society and its structure. Body CD 1A: Had a social structure that from highest to lowest put land owning aristrocrats and scholars, laborers, and lastly unskilled laborers (artists, slaves, etc.) Made people properly hold their place in society. Body CD 2A: Valued intelligence.
• “It is the element within Tibetan Buddhism of magic and the supernatural, so remote from the original teachings and practices of Buddhism that has led to its designation as Lamaism, as if it were a separate religion.” (Lieberman, 2003) Conclusions concerning points of agreement and disagreement between Buddhism and Hinduism • Both Buddhism and Hinduism believe in reincarnation and salvation as the highest goal. • Buddhism is in opposition of the Hinduism Brahmanical religion. Brahmanism practices the value of sacrifice. • Hinduism & Buddhism have considerable influence in their practices and ideals, both strive for ultimate liberation and the correspondence of spirituality of renunciation. (Schmidt,2007) • Hinduism believes in Gods and Buddhism does not believe in Gods.
Religion 201 02 April 2014 Buddhism Buddhism was founded in India over 2,500 years ago. Today there are approximately four hundred million Buddhists (Melton). There are many different forms of Buddhism, but all forms believe in the teachings of Buddha. Buddhism is a hard religion to define and the simplest way to define it is “individuals who believe in Buddha’s teachings” (Maguire). The term ‘religion’ is “perhaps not a very good term to use in connection with Buddhism since it recognizes no God” (Zaehner).
Because of the question and answer form, the author was most likely Confucian, though had positive thoughts towards Buddhism as well. The author says that not everything had to be the works of Confucius because they don’t comprise everything. This document explains why monks reject getting married and having children. It states that wives, children, and property are luxurious, but monks choose to give up such entities for simple living to gain knowledge and goodness. This document shows that adherents to Buddhism are in no way harming anybody, and Confucianism and Buddhism can exist together without the need for violence or hatred.
Nirvana is not viewed as a place such as heaven but more of a “state”. In this “state” one is free from suffering and has achieved an awakening to the truth. The Buddhist will often refer to a concept of “hell” however; this again is not a state that is part of an afterlife. Hell can occur in this life and often be a place of permanent suffering for those not able to achieve the awakening or those not following the teachings of Buddha. The emphasis in Buddhism is on spiritual practice and lifestyle; following the Eight Fold Path and teachings of Buddha rather than adherence to a particular belief system or the development of a relationship with God.
Jainism Jainism is a puritanical religion of India, considered much older than Buddhism by many scholars. Jainism teaches the eternity and revivification of the ataman and understates the being of a pure or omnipresent supreme. It’s the only religion in the world which has not flourished or spread across the globe, due to its rigidness and non feasibility towards the changing world or adaptability towards the modern world has kept this religion form making a great progress. Considered one of the oldest religions of the world, Jainism institutes the ideas or ideals of the Tirthankars, also known as Jinas or the conqueror of the senses, Jainism calls for a pure and peacefully life. According to historians and Jain scriptures Jainism is divided into two sects the Digambara jains form southern India and shvetambara form northern India.