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.
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.