Essay about Hinduism vs. Buddhism

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Hinduism vs. Buddhism
Teasa Wright
Professor King
World Religions
February 1, 2014

Hinduism is about understanding Brahma or existence from within their own Atman, roughly soul, whereas Buddhism is about finding the Anatman or not soul. In Hinduism, attaining the highest life is a process of removing the bodily distractions from life, allowing one to eventually understand the Brahma nature within. In Buddhism, one follows a disciplined life to move through and understand that nothing in ourselves is ‘me’ such that we dispel the very illusion of existence. In so doing one realizes Nirvana. About 80 percent of India’s population regard themselves as Hindus and 30 million more Hindus live outside of India. There are a
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A more philosophical focus began to develop around 700 BC, with the Upanishads and development of the Vendanta philosophy. Around 500 BC, several new belief systems sprouted from Hinduism, most significantly Buddhism and Jainism. In the 20th century, Hinduism began to gain popularity in the West. It’s different worldwide and it’s tolerance for diversity in belief made it an attractive alternative to traditional Western religion. Although there are relatively few western converts to Hinduism, Hindu thought has influenced the West indirectly by way of religious movements like Hare Krishna and New Age, and even more so through the incorporation of Indian beliefs and practices (such as the chakra system and yoga) in books and seminars on health and spirituality. Devotional practice is often related to the act of meditation, in which a practitioner concentrates intently on a deity in order to further the relationship between devotee and deity. A number of other ritual practices have become part of the Hindu religion. One of the main practices involves subsisting on a vegetarian diet. This practice ties in with the doctrine of ahimsa, which dictates that no harm may be done to other living beings. Even though some Hindus

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