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Unformatted text preview: 3. Compare and Contrast H indu and Buddhist strategies for attaining liberation (moksha). In life, everyone has the aspiration to find perfect happiness. Hindus and Buddhists all over the world set forth everyday to achieve this. In Hinduism, a man can only hope to achieve moksha ("salvation"). Moksha allows this man to break the cycle of Samsara. (In Buddhism, as in Hinduism, Samsara is the constant cycle of rebirth and the everyday world of change.) He achieves a higher place out of the cast system. Buddhists struggle through life to be rewarded with Nirvana ("extinction"). Nirvana releases you from all suffering, allowing your exemption from rebirth. This is obviously consistent with moksha. Although these two achievements are similar in that aspect, they differ as well. The caste system plays an important role in Hinduism. In order to pursue moksha, one must be a man of a high caste. If not, he/she needs to work for the opportunity. They can only hope to become something of a higher caste in their next life, for there is no chance in their present life. With the notion of nirvana, however, it is thought that an enlightened person...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2011 for the course REL 150 taught by Professor Baroni during the Fall '10 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.
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