T Chart Comparing Hinduism and Buddhism
|Theravada Buddhism||Mahayana Buddhism||Hinduism||Traditional Judaism||The Gospel|
|Meaning of birth||We are reborn from a previous life until we reach nirvana (extinction of all desire and release from suffering). The cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara.||We are reborn from a previous life until we realize our "oneness" with Brahman. The cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara.||We are made in the image of God and come into the world with the capacity to opt for good or evil.||We are made in God's image but come into the world inclined to sin because of the sin of Adam. Redemption is needed.|
|Way to Truth||Follow the teachings of Buddha, e.g., the Four Truths and the Eightfold Path. The written Scripture, the Tripitaka ("three baskets"), includes the teachings of Buddha.||Through the study of scriptural texts running to more than five thousand volumes.||Spiritual disciplines like yoga enable one to achieve the enlightenment and truth needed. Suffering and samsara result from ignorance of self-truth. Vedas are scriptures that hold final authority.||Bible (Hebrew Scriptures). Oral Law provides the authoritative interpretation for knowing how to live. Truth is seen in deeds more than in creed, although a cardinal tenet of belief is the Unity of God.||Bible (Old and New Testaments) as divinely revealed. It is final arbiter, although various creeds give expression to its teaching. Y'shua is the ultimate embodiment of truth.|
|Goal of spirituality||Deliverance from samsara through reaching nirvana.||Deliverance from samsara through reaching nirvana is not to be sought for the individual alone.||Deliverance from cycle of death and rebirth and realizing "oneness" with Brahman.||To know God. To serve God and others.|
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