Eastern Religions : A Discussion On Buddhism And Hinduism

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Eastern Religions: A Discussion on Buddhism and Hinduism
Introduction: Hinduism is the “oldest organized religion” in the world (Chackal Hinduism 1). It began in the Indus Valley in 1500 BCE. There are four main braches of Hinduism: Shaivites, Vaishnavites, Shaktas, and Smarthas. Buddhism was born out of Hinduism in the fourth century BCE. There are two main types of Buddhism: Theravada and Mahayana.

Haley: “Welcome to Eastern Religions: a show where we bring the facts of eastern religions to the western world. I’m your host, Haley Nickerson. On the show tonight, we are honored to have Buddha and Gandhi. Both of these men are masters of Buddhism and Hinduism, respectively. They are considered to be the most important figures in their religions. Can you tell us about yourselves? Buddha we will start with you.
Buddha: “I was born Siddhartha Gautama. I was the son of King Suddhodana and his wife, Maya. When I was young, a group of wise men told my father that I would ‘either become a great king, who would rule the entire world, or a great Buddha,’ an Enlightened One (Hopfe 130). Determined to make me a great king, my father shielded me from the human suffering and the four sights: a dead body, an aged person, a diseased person, and an ascetic monk. I lived a life of luxury until I was exposed to the suffering of my people at age twenty-nine. I made it my goal to ‘overcome old age, illness, and death’ (Chackal Buddhism 6). I lived my life as an ascetic and then as a…
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