Home Discussion Forum Can anyone give me any detailed information on Buddhism/Hinduism, more specifically reincarnation?

Can anyone give me any detailed information on Buddhism/Hinduism, more specifically reincarnation?

It would be even more so appreciated if someone can tell me about this religion in India/China throughout history to the present.


  1. Well, I’ll tell you what comes to mind. The religion’s concept of reincarnation relies heavily on the idea of Karma. It is believed that you are reincarnated into a particular vessel (Whether it be a human, a dog, an oak tree, what have you.) because your soul requires the lessons that that life has to teach you. If you don’t learn them, you end up in a continual loop unable to advance.
    However, as you do learn the lessons and advance by generating good karma and eliminating every last iota of bad karma your soul has stained upon it, you are able to gain a more favorable position untill eventually your soul has learned all that it can and you no longer reincarnate. You have become a full, complete being who is now at one with every bit of matter and energy in the universe.

  2. Buddhists rely heavily on equal reincarnation…they don’t rely on kharmic values. If you read the Jataka tails, a collection of short stories, the buddha himself was reincarnated as many different animals, anywhere from a great elephant to a cricket. It is not about what animal you are, because all animals are equal and all animals are connected, it is about what you do with your life. The reason they believe in equal reincarnation is because they believe everything is interconnected. For example, a piece of paper is related to the tree, because it was made from it, it is related to the logger who cut the tree down, the mill that made the paper, all the people who work in the mill, all the families of all those people, etc etc.
    there is no “self” in buddhism, nor is there any “soul.” one of the fundamental principals of buddhism is the rejection of Identities, along with suffering. People are always suffering.
    hinduism relies on the social hierarchy, and your place in society is a reflection of your kharmic value in the past life. For example, a Brahmin, the priests and head of the hierarchy, were very high up in the past life. It is very hard to jump from the bottom (the untouchables) to the top of the social ladder because of the difficulty to kharmicly rank up.
    Janism is another branch off of the two religions that believes that your kharmic value is ALWAYS depleting. They walk with whisk brooks in front of them so that way they don’t harm any bugs or anything on the ground. They are basically a VERY branch off of hinduism, but they also reject the social hierarchy.
    The ultimate goal of Hinduism is Moksha, which is basically when you leave the loop of reincarnation, and achieve an eternal “dreamless sleep,” a state of complete peace and tranquility, but as I said, it is very difficult to achieve, but it is done through good kharma, leading to better reincarnation until you reach it. The ultimate goal in buddhism is Nirvana. Nirvana can actually be attained while still alive in the human form, and does not have anything to do with your reincarnation. It is reached through meditation and strict practice. It is basically a state of complete rejection of the body and soul, and your mind is “awakened” to a point where your perception of the earthly form no longer exists. “Buddha” actually translates to “the awakened one” because he achieved nirvana in the physical state. Once Nirvana is attained, however, it is possible to come back from it. Buddhist reincarnation always happens no matter what; there is NO end to it, whereas Hindu reincarnation reaches an endpoint eventually
    Both religions are much more deep and complex than this, of course, and different sects believe different things, but it would take very long to describe. I am in my 8th week of a 10 week course on buddhism and we have barely scratched the surface

  3. Although Hindus and Buddhists share the belief in karma and reincarnation, their perceptions of them are different. Hindus view reincarnation as an inexorable event guided by the law of karma. The law of karma is a cosmic moral law which governs everything. If we do something wrong, something bad will happen to us (usually a bad rebirth). Even if we do the right thing we will be reborn (in a good form, even as a spirit in heaven), but the ultimate goal of Hinduism is not to be reborn but to escape the cycle through enlightenment.
    Buddhists see reincarnation quite differently. They call it rebirth. They don’t believe in an immortal soul that is reincarnated again and again, as Hindus do. They believe that everything changes and is reborn again in another form, but does not maintain an identity. To clarify more go to the source site.

  4. Buddhism is lead by the Buddha (The Enlightened One). His real name was Siddhartha Gautama. The belief in Buddhism is that when someone dies, they are reincarnated until their soul is reunited with Brahman. Reincarnation depends on your karma, or the good or bad efects that your actions has on you. Hope that helped! BTW I have a test on it on Monday! 🙂

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