Comparing Moksha And Nirvan The Buddhist Concept Of Nirvana

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Comparing Moksha and Nirvana I want to compare the Hindu concept of moksha to the Buddhist concept of nirvana. Moksha is the main goal of Hinduism, and nirvana is the main goal of Buddhism. Moksha is viewed by Hindus as freedom from the cycle of reincarnation (Narayanan, 37). Nirvana is viewed by Buddhists as having a life that is free from all desire and suffering of the world (Taylor, 249). Both Hindus and Buddhists search to achieve these goals in their religions. They both want to be released from cycles, but they are different cycles. Hindus want to be released from the cycle of reincarnation, and Buddhists want to be released from a cycle of desire and self-interest. They want to be freed from desire because in Buddhism, desire is viewed as the main cause of suffering (Amore, 200). Once Hindus achieve moksha and Buddhists achieve nirvana, then they are truly free from these unpleasant cycles. Both Hindus and Buddhists understand moksha and nirvana as a sort of “superdeath” that ultimately ends the cycle of constant rebirth and death (Taylor, 250).
Contrasting Moksha and Nirvana There are many shared similarities between the beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism, but there are some differences as well. Some differences would be the way members of each religion achieve their goal of liberation from reincarnation and also the way members of each religion view liberation from reincarnation. Although the idea of moksha and nirvana seem very similar, there are…
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