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Buddhist and Hindu Beliefs ComparisonKeri GadientChamberlain College of NursingRELI448May 2021
Hinduism and BuddhismHinduism and Buddhism share a lot of the same vocabulary and models but havedifferent understandings. This is because they both began in India. Hinduism and Buddhism aretwo opposite beliefs that have various rituals and hold various religious characteristics. However,even though the two religions are believed to have differences, they have similar practices andbeliefs. Therefore, this research follows Hinduism and Buddhism through comparison andcontrasting karma and rebirth while also looking at samsara and nirvana.Comparing Karma/Rebirth in Hinduism and BuddhismHinduism commonly embraced the idea as its own vital principle. When it fails one ritual,it is recreated into another. This is known as reincarnation. Hindu belief of being reborn cansubsist life in a lower structure such as a creature, bug, or even an herb. However, they can alsoachieve higher structure, such as a heroic person or an almighty. It is said that rebirth can movein either direction, depending on their structure in their life. Was it on the lower end or higherend? (Molloy, 2013).Karma determines rebirth. Karma is not fortune. Aimed at the man makes its purpose.According to Subramuniyaswami (2019), "Thus, the principle of karma is an idea that celebratesfreedom, since at every moment we are free to create our future states of existence through ourpresent actions and states of consciousness" (p.45). Karma is noted that every action has asignificant outcome. They say that Karma tells us that the specific life is not a span but asequence. It refers to the whole of our actions and their related responses in this and priorexistences. This determines the future. This is why Karma is an idea that celebrates freedom.

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