Essay on Religious Tradition of Nirvana in Hinduism and Buddism

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The word "nirvana" is heard pretty often. For example, people might say they've achieved nirvana when they're really happy or they might talk about going to nirvana as an eternal reward after death. Then, of course, there’s the rock band who adopted the term Nirvana with a certain amount of irony. Furthermore, the word is fully imbedded in the modern vocabulary. But in reality, to most people in¬ the Western world, religious nirvana is a total mystery. Both known religious traditions Hinduism and Buddhism focus on liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth and death and the suffering that comes with that cycle – known as samsara. However, there are important distinctions in how the two traditions view this liberation. Many associate …show more content…
The word "nirvana" is heard pretty often. For example, people might say they've achieved nirvana when they're really happy or they might talk about going to nirvana as an eternal reward after death. Then, of course, there’s the rock band who adopted the term Nirvana with a certain amount of irony. Furthermore, the word is fully imbedded in the modern vocabulary. But in reality, to most people in¬ the Western world, religious nirvana is a total mystery. Both known religious traditions Hinduism and Buddhism focus on liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth and death and the suffering that comes with that cycle – known as samsara. However, there are important distinctions in how the two traditions view this liberation. Many associate nirvana with Buddhism, which was born out of Hinduism in Asia in the 5th century B.C. It began as a drive within Hinduism, based on the life and philosophy of a man named Siddhartha Gautama, and eventually swerved to form its own path.
Siddartha Gautama was a prince who renounced his royal heritage, sat under a tree, meditated and recognized that the world’s problems begin with a fundamental ignorance (avidya) that lead to their own suffering; beings lack an enduring self or soul. The Indian god Brahma begged him to teach others of what he has learned for the sake of their paths to liberation. Buddha couldn't fully interpret his new understanding of the universe, but he could spread the essential message of his enlightenment and try to guide
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