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Difference Between Buddhism and Hinduism

buddhaBuddhism and Hinduism both have their origins in India and Lord Buddha, the prophet of Buddhism, hailed from a Hindu family. In fact, Hindus even consider Lord Buddha to be a part of ‘dasavatar’ or ‘ten reincarnations of Lord Vishnu’. However, there are quite a few fundamental differences between both the religions.

Hinduism strongly believes in ‘Atman’, the soul and ‘Brahman’, the eternity of self. As per Buddhism, there is no concept of the self or I and salvation involved in realizing this concept.

Hindus worship several gods and goddesses. While Buddha did not deny the existence of any god, he preached that it is futile to search or seek something which an individual is not even aware of.

After his first experience of the world, Buddha became disillusioned and went on to preach that life is full of sorrows and the only solution to end these sufferings was to seek nirvana. While Hinduism also recognizes that there is suffering in human life, the sorrows are attributed to previous karma or actions of the human being. However, one can attain divine bliss by discovering the Atman and Brahman.

In Hinduism, the followers pray all natural sources of the earth like stones, water, sun etc. However in Buddhism, this is not so. They only murugan1pray Buddha.

As per Hinduism, there are different ways to seek union with God – Raja Yoga or meditation, Karma Yoga – righteously doing all the duties as demanded in this human world, Bhakti – prayer and devotion and Jnana Yoga or the path of knowledge. Buddha preached the four noble truths and the eightfold path to achieve Nirvana. The four noble truths involve acknowledging the universal existence of sufferings, that these sufferings are due to the misleading desires of the ever changing world and that the search for eternity only worsens human suffering and in order to overcome sufferings and attain nirvana, one must suppress those false desires and follow the eight-fold path.

Summary:
1.Hinduism is based on the concept of atman and Brahman whereas Buddhism denies the existence of an eternal soul
2.Buddhism emphasizes on sufferings in the existing world whereas Hindus believe that one can enjoy divine bliss through moksha or reunion with God
3.Buddhism believes in attaining nirvana through the four noble truths and eightfold path whereas Hinduism believes there are several ways one can reach to God.
4.Hinduism believes in the existence of several gods whereas Buddhism reasons as to why one should seek a God which nobody is aware of.


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  1. Buddhism and Hinduism both have their origins in India and Lord Buddha, the prophet of Buddhism, hailed from a Hindu family. In fact, Hindus even consider Lord Buddha to be a part of “dasavatar” or “ten reincarnations of Lord Vishnu”. However, there are quite a few fundamental differences between both the religions.

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  2. There are quite a few errors in this article. Major ones being
    1. Hindus do not worship stones, water etc
    2. Hindus do not have numerous gods. What is usually translated as Gods in english are just deitys. Hindus believe in 1 God

    • kin i am a scientist and hindu people are polytiestic

    • No Hindu believe in thousands of gods and goddesses like shiva,Vishnu,and Laksmi.

      • Hindus don’t believe in thousands of gods. All those different forms – like Vishnu or Shiva – are just different forms of the Supreme power. They exist so that it is easier for people to choose a form they like and pray to that. Anyone who says Hinduism is polytheistic doesn’t know anything about Hinduism.

        This is the first lesson in any Hindu course.

        Hindu gods are not like Egyptian gods.

    • You are correct Kin. A Hindu may approach different paths in attaining ‘mukti’, may pray different deities,but finally realises the truth that God is well within himself, outside, in everything in the universe and attains a glorious
      vision and merges himself into the universe

    • Actually the article wanna say that we pray water like Ganga River and stones which are given the shape of gods statues. This is how Hindus worship water, stones indirectly. Even all our gods are natural resources like Indra dev (Rain god), Devi Saraswati (River), etc..

      Just like that, Our Devta are many but our Bhagwan is one. Devta are the different types of one god only or you can say Devtas are the different forms of one god only like Brahma Ji originates from Lotus of Lord Vishnu.

  3. Hinduism is based on the concept of atman and Brahman
    {{ whereas Buddhism denies the existence of an eternal soul}}

    I thought Buddhism was all about reincarnation?

    • No friend, Buddhism is not on reincarnation, but on rebirth. I am not sure reincarnation is a special case of rebirth although. When someone dies, he dies. But his very powerful karma or his last karma (it is series complex of things) may give another birth in the the four hells, in human world, in one of six heavens or in a Brahmin world or will not give a birth if he had no any connection or possession in mind. There must be a reason behind each thing. If there is nothing, there will be no result. In brahmin worlds, beings have either body or mind, not both. However this rebirth is determined by karma in last last birth or some other factors, keen Buddhists know, but they cannot interprete, only Lord Buddha could. This birth, the being will have to suffer the karma done by the beings which created the chain up to this birth. It will be good or bad, but mostly bad. Hope u could get some sought of understanding

    • Buddhism, Hinduism.. Christianity..All all are intended to teach kindness forgiveness towards fellow living beings, for that matter every form of life on this mother earth. But each religion took its own method of convincing the people, make them understand the basic idea of Godliness. In Hinduism,being the oldest religion, a set of guidelines were framed for strict adherence, without scope for deviations. Multiple forms of God are for worshipping in one’s own select way,but God is one. It is ones individual capacity that make variations in his prayers but Hinduism ultimately said you yourself is God,and you and God are no different. To reach this stage you have many ways and many stages. Buddha was a Hindu and he was well versed with all Hindu scriptures.But during his time, due to the unethical practices of the priests, their dominance over lower and uneducated poor people made him design a new dharma for equality among all humans and all living beings.He only asked everyone to be sympathetic to his fellow beings and asked not to think of God at all. He preached only the relevant and didn’t emphasise the entire aspects of this universe. He also believed in karma and afterlife aspects. He advised his near disciple,Maglonker when he pleaded to tell him a way out to clear off the sins of her deceased mother ,to distribute / serve food in the ensuing Sangha conclave…So every religion is great because they only thought to be good to everyone. ..Thanks for reading.. Forgive me if anything is wrong or short..

    • Actually i don’t think that Buddhism doesn’t believes on Eternal soul because meditation is largely based on Eternal soul only and Meditation is one of the key to get GOD in Buddhism. The similar thing is with Hinduism where rishis, saints do meditation to get God.

  4. I’m confuse what to believe in. I believe we are all one with mother nature and everything within the planet, that karma is real and plays a part in our lives. What I’m asking is am I to be hindu or buddhist??

    • Use the teachings of both and follow your own path

    • look up daoism.

    • Following Hinduism wud mean you r free..free to think..free to study-explore-contemplate on the universal Truths dat Hinduism puts forward..Buddha was divine,compassionate &enlightened..but to be honest he did not preach anything new..anything that was not already there in the vast ocean of Hinduism..he only stated things that you need I already know..Eg. we know there is suffering in this world..nothing to discover..
      .all Hindus believe in rebirth. .in karma..abt suffering being d result of a cumulative effect of bad karmas- u reap wat you sow..

      Hindus know abt d various paths to Brahman. ..the Supreme all pervading Divinity of which we are a tiny part..Hindus believe that we need to overcome desires, Vices,attachments & do positive n good karmas & also meditate & seek God ..

      It’s like d big bang…we r tiny specks of d huge divine Brahman & we will one day become pure enough to merge wid d divine from whom we emerged..

      You don’t have to do anything to become a Hindu.

      • Excellent summary. I wish Christians would stop teaching their kids and all kids in schools that we r polytheistic. I am constantly correcting this and it annoys me to no end.

    • Dez, you need not be confused. Jesus said “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” then He said “I’m the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me”. In other words, if you seek God for salvation, seek Jesus the truth coz he said in another place ” come to me all that labor and are heavy ladened and I’ll give you rest”. In all religions Jesus is the only person who promised salvation n in whom you truly will experience peace n rest. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

      • Your opinion represents one religion among many. You reject other beliefs by reading only 1. Only those who study many other religions and accepts man’s ignorance of our vast universe are credible. Christianity and Islam do not belong to this credible group.

    • Dear Dez, you may choose to believe in Jesus Christ as the true Son of the one and only God (Yaweh, who created & creates the entire universe) of the Holy Bible

  5. Thx for the help it may help me on my essay. 🙂

  6. The beauty of Hinduism is that it is at its core a philosophy and a blueprint for living and allows for material prosperity as well as ignorance but also provides paths to moksha for those who seek it. But no judgement on those who don’t because “we don’t know what we don’t know”

  7. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

  8. God’s & Religions exist only between men’s ears.

  9. Islam is a complete code of life. so accept Islam and there will be no confusion and problems in our life.

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