Comparing Buddhism and Hinduism Essay

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Comparing Buddhism and Hinduism

As mentioned at the first meeting of our seminar, I originally took this class to fulfill a requirement set forth by the Hutchins School. However upon a little investigation and contemplation of my own, I have begun to think that I might find myself truly enjoying this class.
Never having been much of a religious person, I suppose I've shied away from the ideas of organized religion. Though this may always be the case for me, I have recently developed a craving to learn why so many people, perhaps the majority, flock to one categorization or another. I feel that I have a little bit of an upper hand in these investigations of religion; this is due to the fact that I do not have any current
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Perhaps it was because of this shock that these images made such an impact. It was at this time that the young Buddha got the idea that life was a transient thing. Something that was ever changing and cyclical.

I think that in our own way we all turn away from things we do not wish to see. Maybe it is this reaction by default that helps us get through the "day by days." For some, it is enough to ignore these misfortunes for others such as Buddha, finding personal guidance in his own life helps him recognize these upsets. For this, he made personal sacrifice in the "Six years that followed, during which his energies were directed to this end." He began his teachings, seeking the guidance of others when he left for enlightenment in the forest. What he found there was others seeking the truth. It was then that the realization came that he needed to find his inner peace on his own.

It was at this time that the notion of a "middle way" became apparent to the young Buddha. "Was his body holding him back? He would crush its interference." Having tried both extremes; living a material life and indulging himself as a young ruler, and then to shift to the extreme opposite by starving himself for devotion. Finding this "Middle Way" was only possible for Buddha after having tried both existences. I am appalled and envious of the discipline that Buddha found within himself. After learning about the teachings of Buddha I am again reassured as to