On the other hand, a difference between Hinduism and Buddhism is the fundamental ideology. Buddhist strive to achieve nothingness and they believe that there is no god while in hinduism, they do. Symbolism is used to represent their ideologies, very important to both Hinduism and Buddhism. The two religions have many symbols in common, one of them being the lotus flower. The lotus flower is a very important symbol to both religions and it has a stand in the Eight Auspicious Symbols in buddhism.
In China Mahayana Buddhism was greatly excepted by people who didn’t have a lot of stuff or people who wanted to reach nirvana but was greatly hated by others no only because it went against everything Confucianism believed in but also since it wasn 't a native religion. However, some people didn’t care if the two religions co-existed or blended together. Mahayana Buddhism in China was profoundly accepted by the lower class people who didn’t have much and liked the idea of giving up materialistic things to reach nirvana. In document 2 Zhi Dun supports Buddhism and talks about how Buddhism was the way to reach
The Tao is not a thing and it is not seen like a God because it is not worshipped, it is more of a system of guidance. It is best described as “developing oneself so as to live in complete conformity with the teaching of the Tao.” Daoism is a religion of opposites and unity. It is where yin and yang started and the principal of it is it sees the world as filled with complementary forces. Daoism practices include meditation, which is concentration or mindfulness or visualization. Another practice is Feng Shui which is the study of creating elements that are aligned with the natural flow of the universe.
All gods in this religion are smaller deities to the greater Brahman, making this monotheistic, but then it is also polytheistic because there is truly the supreme belief in one major God. Hinduism only seems hard to understand because it deals more with one’s life then ones actual practice or belief of the religion. In reality, Hindus still believe in Brahman, one Supreme Being. Hinduism affects ones entire life and being. Hinduism is both monotheistic and polytheistic in my opinion.
Here the influence of religion and ethics are completely ignored and therein lead to them deriving no meaning or purpose out of their lives. An elucidation to the claim made previously in the above can be seen in the religious knowledge system of Buddhism.Throughout the Buddha's long period of teaching the Dharma to his followers, He actively discouraged speculative arguments. During the 5th century B.C. India was a veritable hive of intellectual activity where scholars, yogis, philosophers, kings and even ordinary householders were constantly engaged in the philosophical arguments pertaining to human existence. The Buddha refused to get involved in speculations regarding the universe.
Buddhism came to be by breaking off of Hinduism and now has their own beliefs. When researching about Buddhism and Hinduism I found that both religions believe in more than one divine. The Buddha did not address that there was a god, though what I found interesting he did not dismiss that there was no god, he believed there were higher beings. These religions, both worshiped numerous divines some were even similar. They both believed in the same divine the Brahma.
Scholars argue that Hinduism is more of an adherence to a way of life which incorporates a particular social system and not any specific religious philosophy. Religious fundamentalism can be seen as black and white thinking from a sociologist perspective. As well as the definition according to the English Oxford Living dictionary states “a form of a religious belief in the strict and literal interpretation of a sacred text that goes back to the fundamental basics of its teachings.” Which the core of fundamentalism is concerned with the erosion of religion and its proper role in society. Therefore, scholars argue that Hinduism doesn’t embrace any central church, or central dogma, and has no religious fundamentals that can be used to identify and/or organize a fundamentalist movement. Which leads them to say it is a contradiction of the term.
This is an odd (and long) one, which, because it’s not a direct quote, I’ve put in the category of Fake Buddha Stories. Hold onto your headgear! Tara Brach has a blog post called “Inviting Mara to Tea.” Now Mara, in case you’re not aware of him, is a character from the Buddha’s life. He’s what we’d call a “supernatural” being (although Buddhism sees him as entirely natural, but not from our realm of existence). He represents doubt, and so most western Buddhists take his appearances as being a poetic representation of our inner doubts.
Dante’s Inferno utilizes imagery throughout it’s text to conceptualize religious ideas otherwise without. This is accomplished on each level but in the case of the Vestibule which houses the undecided, he uses the imagery of the people chasing after but never being able to catch what it is they chase. By having the people literally chasing after something it illustrates there sin of being fleeting and of being neither bad or good. Instead of going from one thing to another, the persons should have sought a higher purpose for living and not what was merely their desire. The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, specifically the fourth is another work that seems simple and yet is broad in meaning (Sayre 251).
The Smile of the Snake and the No-self teaching From the Pali Nikayas The most distinctive and yet counter-intuitive feature of the Buddha’s messages is the doctrine on non-existence of is no self (anatman). According to the study by Gowans, Buddha claims all the doctrines of self lead to suffering, and therefore, people must abandon all the doctrines for the sake of attaining Nibbana. He further adds that it is impossible for a person with a right view could treat anything as self. From this declaration, Buddha made his greatest challenge to the beliefs for his colleagues and for us as well (33). The dialogical and Analogical Narratives of the Text “the Smile of the Snake” One of the text’s significant literary features is the use of dialogical