Buddhism and Hinduism (Two Worlds That Collide and Combine Into One)

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Buddhism and Hinduism originated from the same region, India. The similarities do not end there but continue as they are attentive on their natural surroundings, the things around them, forms of meditation, as well as their belief in several hells and heavens, or higher and lower worlds. Death comes across human’s minds at one point of their lives and the very truth is everyone dies. What is important about religion is how followers live by the guidelines and ethics during their lifetime until death. There are several topics of life that need to be focused on to make sure that when death comes one can be complete Hinduism and Buddhism believe having a purpose in life, karma which can affect one’s life, and in rebirth into a new life after death. Therefore, although Buddhism and Hinduism came to different methods in coming to terms with death, they share the link through spiritual beliefs that lead their life with purpose until death.

Hinduism and Buddhism share common features for followers to believe in but vary slightly on major details such as the purpose of each religion. Hindus do not have one purpose but 4 but the main one being achieving liberation from continuous cycle of rebirth. On the other hand, Buddhists seek to fulfil the purpose of the religion by achieving enlightenment and nirvana. To achieve these goals there are common practices and guidelines to help attain the goal. In Hinduism, there is not just one purpose of human life, but four, dharma, artha, kama, moksha. Dharma includes living morally and ethically while also paying karmic obligations. Artha is pursuit of wealth and richness within the boundaries of dharma, kama is involved with sexual pleasure and love. Finally moksha is the ultimate purpose in life and can be considered liberation from rebirth, enlightenment, Self-realization, or union with God. Achieving salvation in Hinduism requires following the Path of Knowledge, the Path of devotion, or the Path of Good Deeds. These paths are...