Similarities And Differences Between Hinduism And Confucianism

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Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism have many similarities and differences ranging from structure difference to ritual similarities. When these religions are broken down into subcategories, and their values are studied individually, it is easy to notice these similarities and differences. All religions are beautiful and deserve to be dissected and analyzed, so that they can be appreciated for what they actually are, and not what they have been viewed as. Starting off with Hinduism, this religion is an elaborate one. There are many variations of the religion due to its openness to adjustment. The world view of Hinduism is that the world is bad and full of material that its followers must detach from to focus on the true necessity: …show more content…
The world view of Buddhists is that the world is good and beautiful, and needs to be appreciated, but, not to the point where they get distracted from their moral duties, or their thoughts become negatively influenced. The Buddhist outlook on nature as a whole is that reality is a beautiful thing and the world should be appreciated, but, it is essential that a correct state of mind is kept. Buddhists are supposed to keep an open heart to every living thing. Nature can influence a follower in a negative way, but, if thought is kept pure, they will not be influenced. The nature of human beings individually is, simply, happiness. Buddhists achieve this happiness through pure thought and freedom from greed and hatred. The human dilemma in Buddhism is being able to see the good in life, while staying focused on a righteous path. The spiritual goal of Buddhists is achieving nirvana: the ending of suffering and liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. While this goal is similar to the goal of Hindus, it is different in that it is accomplished in different ways (moral code, the Noble Eightfold Path), and there is not a caste system in Buddhism, so liberation can be accomplished within one life time; Buddhists are not required to climb up the societal ladder. The purpose of life in Buddhism is to live a life of happiness, free of hatred and free of greed, with an open heart to all of nature and living things; to have direct experience with life events to obtain true knowledge; to meditate and connect with the universe; to end suffering and reach nirvana. Like any religion, Buddhism has moral standards that contribute to the spiritual goal. Buddhists should follow the Noble Eightfold Path, exemplify sila (virtuous behavior), and follow the five moral precepts: refrain from taking life,

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