Hindus, in what ways does your religion differ from Buddhism other than diety's?

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by David D:

Buddhists or anyone knowledgeable are also welcome to reply.
However, I intend to ask some questions from a Buddhist perspective in the near future. Please bear in mind that I don’t know which is why I’m asking and not trying to tell.
Also, other than Divali, what holidays do you celebrate?
Links would be helpful, but I’m also looking to glean something from the minds of the answerers.
Happy holidays!

Answer by Mawkish
I practice Theravada Buddhism, so I hope my answer is helpful.
Buddhists acknowledge that the notion of ‘self’ is temporary (anatta). The ‘self’ is a temporary state of the five aggregates. Very basically, Buddhists attain enlightenment by realising the truth of impermanence (amongst other things) directly.
Hindus, on the other hand, believe that the ‘self’ (atta) is permanent and is reincarnated. They believe that the atta and Bramha are one in the same (vedic-Hinduism), and that enlightenment is attained by realising that truth directly.
Enlightenment in these two religions is very different, as is the notion of ‘self’, the nature of ‘god’ and the cosmology if life. Many people tie these two religions together, saying that Buddhism is nothing more than a school of Hinduism, however this simply isn’t the case. The two religions come from the same region of the world and began at about the same time, so they use similar language and both religions borrow some ideas from each other (as well as Jainism) and reject other ideas.
I’m not sure about Hindu holidays, but we Buddhists look forward to Wesak/Vesak (spellings differ), when we celebrate the birth, enlightenment and parinibbana of the Lord Buddha.

5 Comments

  1. Hinduism is the religion of Vaidigas; vaidigam means based on vedas, where as budhism denies the vedas, the reason being vedas contain ceremonies both for mundane and spiritual attainments. Budhism, as enunciated by budha, asks the followers to lead a life of ‘desire-lessness’,because of which budha has to deny vedas, which cater both for mundane and spiritual attainments. Budhism is not a religion since it lacks any thing new including the advocacy of desire-lessness in life.
    Hindus celebrate all days as days of observation of one or the other thing and thats why they are originally, before mixup, people of contentment.

  2. The Buddha’s relation to Hinduism is so close that it’s easy to confuse Buddhism with Hinduism. The two religions have close connections and yet they are distinct. This was because of Buddha’s reform movements and his refining of Hinduism beliefs. It would not be to state, then, that Buddha founded a noble religion by distilling Hinduism, and offering a commonsense approach to self-betterment to which the people can relate easily.
    Buddha, as we know, began his meditation as a Hindu. He awaken with a new enlightenment only to denounce Hinduism and emerge as a founder of a new religion.

  3. There are thousands of variations of Hindu, and hundreds of variations of Buddhism, so to compare and contrast would be next to impossible. If you want a link, I would suggest learning about the essence and the starting point of all religions… and that is the direct experience of Spirit. This will explain how to have that direct experience: http://gospelenigma.com
    So that is my advice, go for the essence of it all, rather than trying to separate out all the diverse sects that come from the same essence.

  4. im not Buddhist but my father is Hindu and my mother is Jain and i say hinduism has more stories describing the different sides of God and his antics and kindness

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