Differences between Hinduism and Buddhism

Hinduism is composed of many religions from the Indian subcontinent including Vedanta, Vaishnavism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Bhakti, Vedic Brahmanism, Jainism. They all share the co…ncepts of Karma, Dharma, Samsara (rebirth), Moksha ( Nirvana), meditation, and various forms of yoga. The are either pantheistic, polytheistic, or monotheistic. Vedic Brahmanism, the oldest form of hinduism, was in existence when Budda was born and was a Hindu. At that time, Hindus were encouraged to 'wander' in order to 'see' God or to experience Him through 'sacrifice' or 'suffering' and the Budda saw many Hindus going to extremely painful lengths to 'see' God and would do extreme acts to try to get this experience. In Hinduism the caste system defines one's lot in this life as a payback for actions in past lives (karma) which meant that if you were born into a poor, landless labourer family, it was because of your karma (and therefore deserved it). Budda rejected the caste system and said that one's lot in this life was defined by one's actions in this life. He also didn't see any benefit in people going through painful experiences (walking on fire, nails and other extreme examples of self-suffering) in order to see God and in fact, didn't think there was any benefit in anyone suffering a great deal of hardship (being poor, hungry) and advocated the 'middle path' where no-one should be too rich or too poor. He came from a rich family and saw that some people had alot (too much) whilst others were suffering from hunger. He also rejected the Hindu notion of God with all the deities and rituals and felt that these were dark elements in the religion which made people very superstitious. He advocated the '8-fold path' (a simple set of instructions on morality and how to live life). Buddhism is as an atheistic religion whereas Hinduism is not. He also introducted the concept of 'ahimsa' which means non-violence (to all living beings) and advocated a vegetarian diet. Taoism is a Chinese philosophy which requires individuals to live life in tune with nature and therefore balance with the environment and with each other. It is a cross between Hinduism (it has many deities and offerings are made to these deities; it has many festivals which are celebrated throughout the year; fasting on a regular basis) and Buddhism (ethics emplasising compassion, moderation and humility). As all three of these religions are ancient they have modified and borrowed from each other (e.g. Hinduism and Taoism adopted vegetarianism), some Buddhists now pray in front of a Buddhist statue (although this very heavily discouraged by the Buddha himself). Hinduism has many variants which may seem contradictory but all are nevertheless accepted as being part of the 'unity in diversity' philosophy which has been adopted in the West. (MORE)

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Difference between hinduism and buddhism?

in your opinions which is better and why?

Buddhism is based on equality it has no caste.
Buddhism is about self discovery and its results are evident within your lifetime.
Buddhism has meditation as its core practice leading to enlightenment.
Buddhism was started by a well known true historical figure Buddha whose bones are also available to be seen as evidence.
Buddhism is based on atheism because God cannot be proved.
Following the meditative practices , any person can experiment and experience the transcendental phenomenon , out of body experiences, state of trance leading to self evident happiness so one need not be de…

What are the differences between Hinduism and Buddhism?

There are a number of similarities between the two religions; probably because Buddha himself was Hindu before his enlightenment. Both believe in reincarnation, life in physical form after death. Although this seems desirable, it means one must deal with the many hardships and sorrows of human...

What is the differences between Hinduism and Buddhism?

Both the religions actually look at the same Truth in different ways. The basic difference between Hinduism and Buddhism is that according to Hindu philosophy there exists a super intelligent being who is all powerful, without attribute, inert, omnipresent and highest of all, from whom universes (and creation) proceed. Hindu philosophy calls him Brahman (not to be confused with the four headed creator deity Brahma or the clergy caste Brahmin). Hinduism says through self realization and deep meditation existence of Brahman can be felt.
Buddhism theorizes that the Brahman is a vacuum, wi…

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