Social, Ethical, And Philosophical Differences Of Hinduism And Buddhism

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Social, Ethical, and Philosophical Differences in Hinduism and Buddhism
Introduction
Hinduism and Buddhism are two closely related religions that have been a part of India’s culture for quite a long time and have an effect on each other. Buddha happened to be a Hindu Prince before he set out on his path of enlightenment. To simplify the relation, one can construe that the relationship is not any different from that that exists between Judaism and Christianity in certain ways. For instance, Judaism was inspired by the life of a Jew while Buddhism was inspired by the life of a Hindu who felt that Hinduism was not the right path for and set out to define his own path. In the Western world in which we live in, it is not hard to come across people often talking about Zen and yoga. To most people these two practices are nothing more than just exercise classes. There are so many aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism that most people are misinformed about in their daily lives without even realizing it. Buddhism and Hinduism have to be one of the oldest religions that date back for centuries and yet there is still so little that most people understand about the two of them. Although the two are often confused given that they have so much in common, so many differences exist between the two religions. Both two religions share similar concepts such as karma, doing good to others and rebirth. However, while Hindus worship an outward god whom they believe is the creator of the universe,…

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