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What Are The Similarities And Differences Between Buddhism And Hinduism?

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There are both similarities and dissimilarities between the two religions. The similarities are as follows. Both the religions have a common goal of life i.e. To attain nirvana or salvation, although they adopted different paths for the attainment of their goal. Both Buddhism and Hinduism believed in the theories of karma and rebirth. The differences between them are as follows:  Buddhism believes in matter and soul and there is no place for God, while Hinduism in addition to matter and soul considers God as the creator of the universe. Buddhism denies the authority of the Vedas and dislikes animal sacrifice, while Hinduism believes in the authority of Vedas and attaches special importance to the Vedic rituals.  Buddhism does not believe in the superiority of the Brahmans or any caste distinctions, while Hinduism puts emphasis on the caste system and considers the same bed rock of the whole social system. Buddhism is missionary religion which aims at converting entire mankind to the doctrines of Buddha; while Hinduism never seeks converts and it has no definite organization like the Buddhist sangha. A personal element is introduced by Buddhism in the form of Buddha as the saviours, while there are no such personal elements in Hinduism.
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Similarities- they both believe in reincarnation that when you die your soul is past into a spirit
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The similarities are that many of the beliefs help to reach salvation or nirvana. The best way to reach that is by dharma: Your moral duties in life. While the differences are the caste system.
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They Both believe in Reincarnation and when you die your soul is absorbed into the spirit of the Universe. (in hinduism you have to move up the Caste system which includes living 4 times or more. In Buddhism, they believe you only haveto die once.) And whoever said that Buddhists believe in the Vedas is wrong, it is the other way around, the Hindu's believe in the Vedas... Both emphasize the role/concept of Karma.
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Buddhism  is a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha . ] He is recognized byBuddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering (or dukkha), achieve nirvana, and escape what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth.When we think of the Hindu religion, unlike other religions in the world, the Hindu religion does not claim any one prophet; it does not worship any one god; it does not subscribe to any one dogma; it does not believe in any one philosophic concept; it does not follow any one set of religious rites or performances; in fact, it does not appear to satisfy the narrow traditional features of any religion or creed. It may broadly be described as a way of life and nothing more.
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Siddhartha was raised an orthodox Hindu.  But, realized that though he was a Prince in this life, he was not immune to old age, disease and death.  And that future lives would see him in the lowest, hardest levels of living as the Wheel of Life continually moves high to low and back.

  Therefore, he set out to find a way to escape the Wheel of Coming and Going or Reincarnation.  He found Detachment was the key.  His Eightfold Path and Four Noble Truths stand as a Testament to his ENLIGHTENMENT.  He resides now in the HIGH HEAVENS and no longer has to reincarnate.  He has attained MOKSHA...Freedom as SOUL to travel at will the Worlds of GOD for Eternity.

Hinduism in it's pure state, states that SOUL comes into existence in the mineral state, works up thru plant, animal then human states.  Starting out as a primative man, then thru countless lives of generating and working off both Good and Bad Karma, SOUL matures into a more perfected being that no longer needs to reincarnate but can enjoy an Eternity as a Co-creator with GOD in the Worlds of Pure Spirit.

Unfortunately, religions get corrupted over time, and Hinduism adopted reincarnating back to animal form, and the caste system and a million different gods.  These are corruptions that Buddha did away with.  Unfortunately, Buddhism too, got corrupted and many present day Buddhists teach that there is no GOD, no SOUL, no HEAVEN.  Such nonsense.  Buddha's main goal was for SOUL to attain ENLIGHTENMENT OF GOD and enjoy HEAVEN without having to come back, again and again...MOKSHA.

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Buddhism is a philosophy not a religion. Buddha never considered himself a God or a Buddha, but he was the "enlighten one". When he was about to be born, the Buddha told his parents that your child will choose his own path, he'll either bring prosperous amount of wealth to the kingdom or become a beggar.
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Surely Buddhism's belief in hell and the belief in enlightenment through practising various activities (like asking deities for blessings) makes it a religion?
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Differences:
*Buddhism rejects gods priests, formal rituals and the caste system
*Did not believe in many gods as Hinduism
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Yes, differences-Buddhists believe in Vedas, while Hindus do not.
Similarities-Hindus and Buddhists both believe in if one desires, he is suffering-
and to stop this, you have to stop desiring.
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Well the similarities are that they sound the same and they look the same.A other reason is that they both started in india. They follow somethings that help there religion spread out. The difference is that they praise the same god.A other reason is that buddhism spread out father.
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They are both monotheistic
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Rozanne Baptiste
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Hinduism is polytheistic but believes the ultimate ultimate God is Brahman. Buddhism is non-theistic but has deities.

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