What Are The Similarities Between Hinduism And Buddhism

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Hinduism and Buddhism are both highly practiced religions in the world today. Hinduism is the third largest religious practice with around 375 million followers and Buddhism is the fourth largest with around 360 million followers Both religions were originally founded in southeast Asia, Hinduism originated in India and Buddhism originated in Nepal. Both of the religions are large in size and are originally founded in close geographical areas, but have many differences. Hinduism was founded between 2300-1500 BC in the Indus Valley. There is no single founder of Hinduism but the religion grew from cultural and religious changes throughout India. There is not one God in the Hinduism religion, but many that can take multiple different forms. …show more content…
Instead there are many sacred books and beliefs that people of Hinduism follow. The primary works that Hindus follow are called the Vedas that contain sacred verses and hymns. There are four of these sacred literary works that have been created for the Hindu religion. Two other important texts to the Hindu faith are the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. In Indian society there is a hierarchical system called the caste system that many people follow, including Hindus. This caste system is a class structure that is determined by birth. If your parents are wealthy people, you to will become wealthy, but if you are poor you cannot try to become a higher class in society. To try to change the caste system is frowned upon because each caste has it own set of beliefs, values and rules. Most Hindu people have practiced this tradition throughout India’s history and looked at as a social …show more content…
Buddhism is a very important religion to many countries in Asia, like Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and many others. Many people look at Buddhism as both a religion and a philosophy because it is difficult to fit it into either category completely. Many people believe it can considered either because when Buddha was asked about his teachings he teaches “the way things are” and also he thought that no one should believe his teachings out of faith but whether or not they found them true. Many people are mistaken that the Buddha is the God of Buddhism, but he is not and no god is worshipped, but his views are followed.
There are basic principles of Buddhism, which are the Four Noble Truths that contain the essence of Buddha’s teachings but leave a lot unexplained to followers. The Four Noble Truths are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. Overall the Four Nobel Truths explain that suffering exists and suffering can end, but just because someone goes through suffering does not mean it will soon come to an

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