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Running Head: Comparison - Contrast 1 Comparison - Contrast Shannon Tinio Chamberlain College of Nursing RELI-448N Comparative Religions November 2018
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Comparison - Contrast 2 Introduction Hinduism and Buddhism are 2 major religions of the East. Both originating in India they have many similarities and differences. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a religious professor, philosopher, and India’s 2 nd president. He was well known for helping bridge the East and the West and the West’s understanding of India and Hinduism religion. Radhakrishnan believed that "Buddhism, in its origin at least, is an offshoot of Hinduism." [Jan13] This can be said about many religions, Christianity and Islam can be seen as off shoots of Judaism even though they may seem to be very different. Self / No Self One of the biggest differences between Hinduism and Buddhism is the existence of a single creator. Hinduism believes in an ultimate creator, Brahma. It is the spirit of Brahma that lives inside all living things, this is the individual soul, Atman. Atman is the idea that there is an unchanging eternal soul or identity inside each of us. [Bar18] Buddhism is based on the 3 marks of reality which is a foundation of the 4 truths. The 3 marks of reality are constant change, lack of permanent identity, existence of suffering. The Buddhist belief in constant change and lack of permanent identity directly conflicts with the Hindu believe in an eternal unchanging soul. In
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