Hinduism Vs. Buddhism

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Hinduism and Buddhism are two of the most interesting religions in the world. To date, people still practice these religions in varying parts of the world especially in India. Although originating from Ancient India, some have difficulty in differentiating between the two. Hinduism and Buddhism share many similarities and also differ immensely.
What is Hinduism? Hinduism, often referred to as Sanatana Dharma is the largest of the eastern religion and one of the oldest in the world. “Hinduism denotes the religions of majority of the people in India and Nepal as well as communities in other continents, who refer to themselves as Hindus.” Flourished between 2500 BCE to 1500 BCE, and developed by Aryans. (Flood)
What is Buddhism? Many
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(ThinkQuest) Buddhism had no Gods, because they did not believe in them. The important book of the Hindu religion is the Veda, written before 6500 BC; included hymns, prayers and magical spells. The Veda is the foundation for most later developments in what is known as Hinduism. The important book of the Buddhist religion is the Triptakas. Hindus valued knowledge white Buddhist valued spiritual peace. Due to Buddha’s teachings, those belonging to the Buddhism religion the only way they would be successful was to give up on all desires of the world. Hindu’s however, believed that one must fulfill their duties to ensure reincarnation into a higher caste. Hindu’s practice the three-fold training: morality, concentration, and wisdom. Meanwhile Buddhist practices and rituals include mantras( sacred grounds) and mudras (symbolic hand gestures). The Four Noble Truth is important because it provides an understanding to life. The truths acknowledged that there is suffering, suffering is caused, and eliminating the causes of suffering can get rid of it and to follow the eight fold path to extinguish suffering. The Eight Fold Path previously discussed teaches one to do things in moderation. It includes the right understanding, the right concentration, the right mindfulness, the right effort, the right action, the right intention, the right livelihood, and the right
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