Hinduism And Buddhism And Hinduism

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Out of the worlds many beliefs and religions, Buddhism and Hinduism make of about 20% of them (The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050). Hinduism and Buddhism are the most influential and popular in the eastern hemisphere, mostly in and around the Asian continent. These two religions have similar ideologies. So much so that many say that Buddhism is an appendage of Hinduism. Such religions have different religious structures, which allow broader interpretations to which religion to believe in or stick to. These two religions, being from the same region, have familiar roots. One of several aspects they share is the belief in the word Dharma and the power it has to guide its followers to enlightenment. Even though the word Dharma has separate meanings for the two religions, it plays an important role in both. Although Dharma in Hinduism and Buddhism has a similar end result, which is guidance of their followers to enlightenment or salvation, the two religions are different because they define Dharma in different ways and have different ways of achieving it.
Hinduism and Buddhism, common in origin, were both started in the Ganges culture around 500 bce (Oxtoby 434). The Ganges culture was located in the northern part of India. These two religions have other shared aspects such as symbols of importance, practices and rituals that help their followers reach salvation. Also they have similar words or phrases that have significant value such as…

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