Essay on What Are Some Similarities Between Hinduism and Buddhism ?

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For my paper, I chose to write about the similarities between hinduism and buddhism. I chose to write about this because after our visit to the indian temple, I realized that both religions had many similarities among each other. Which got me thinking that could they poetically be the same type of religion with just a few differences here and there. In order to discover their similarities I chose to use the following books, “The world of buddhism,” by Heinz Bechert and Richard Gombrich, “Hinduism past and present,” by Axel Michaels, and “Experiencing the world’s religions,” by Michael Molloy. As we continue to read these books we will discover what their real similarities are and maybe how they come about.
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Sasank, a ruler from Bengal and contemporary of Harshavardhana vandalized Buddhist monuments and burnt the pipal tree under which the Buddha got enlightenment. Despite the fundamental differences between both religions, Hinduism and Buddhism influenced each other in many ways. The Buddhist notion of non-injury and compassion towards all living beings took deep roots in the Indian soil, while Mahayana Buddhism took cue from the traditional Indian methods of devotion worship. Buddhism influenced the growth and development of Indian art and architecture and contributed richly to the practice of breathing and mediation in attaining mindfulness and higher states of consciousness. The Hindu tantra influenced the origin and evolution of Vajrayan Buddhism.
Both Hinduism and Buddhism originated and evolved on the Indian soil. The founder of Buddhism was a Hindu who became the Buddha. They both emphasize the illusory nature of the world and the role of karma in keeping men bound to this world and the cycle of births and deaths. In relation with that both religions believe in the concept of karma, which to them is the transmigration of souls and the cycle of births and deaths for each soul. They emphasize compassion and non violent towards all living beings because they both believe that our suffering is caused by excessive attachment to things and people in the physical world. Hinduism and Buddhism both…

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