The Religions Of Hinduism And Buddhism

1587 WordsJul 17, 20167 Pages
In today’s society, especially in the United States, there are many religions and beliefs practiced. While many individuals hold different beliefs, Mercadante (2014) questions whether or not Americans actually still believe in God? While he notes that data shows rates of rates of non-affiliated and non-attenders has risen dramatically since the 1950s,” such statistics can be misleading as people apply different meaning to the word God (Chapter 5). IN this paper, the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism will be further reviewed and the idea of whether or not their differences can be united under a hybridization of universal truths. Beginning with the religion of Hinduism, according to Ludwig (2006) Hindu traditions point in two possible directions for attaining what is referred to as “the ultimate” (p. 90). Since the time of the Upanishads, there has been a tradition of designating that which is the ultimate as “Brahman” (Ludwig, p. 91). The actual term refers to the sacred power that controls all things of this world. Brahman can also be known on two different levels – the formed and formless. The formed Brahman is what Hindus would refer to as the personal one while the formless would be regarded as aspects of the atmosphere such as the wind or mountains which would be considered impersonal (Ludwig, p.92). While many Hindus view Brahman as the ultimate reality, some follow the beliefs of Ramanuja, a philosopher whom connected “the theology of Vaishnavism and Shankara’s
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