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Buddhism and Hinduism...

Someone said today that Buddhism is to Hinduism as Christianity is to Judaism. I'm not very familiar with Buddhism or Hinduism, so would anyone that knows a lot of those faiths care to agree, explain or refute this comparison?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:31 PM on Jun. 17, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • budddhism started ffrom the Buddah questioning Hinduism, he eventually left and began Buddhism, so I guess since Christianity came from Judaism and Buddh ism came from Hinduism, that would explain the statement

    Answer by shivasgirl at 4:50 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • Buddhism is an 'offshoot' of Hinduism, in much the same way that Christianity is an 'offshoot' of Judaism. The Buddha was Hindu just as Jesus was Jewish. The Buddha had a Hindu background but taught many significant differences to Hinduism, enough so that Buddhism is a separate philosophy in it's own right (the existance or non-existance of a permanent soul or self are pretty major theological differences), just as there are enough differences between Christianity and Judaism (such as the belief that Jesus was the Messiah) to make Christianity a separate religion in it's own right. Does that help?

    Answer by Freela at 5:22 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism.

    Siddhartha "The Buddha" was actually an Indian Prince who was raised Hindu. He led a very sheltered life as a Prince, he never left the palace. When he did, he saw the suffering of his people. He saw poverty, sickness, inequality..etc.. for the first time when he ventured out of the palace. Seeing human suffering made him begin to question many things in life, and things in Hinduism (especially the caste system). So Siddhartha began his journey to enlightenment. This journey led Sidddhartha to "enlightenment", it led him to the realization and acceptance that human suffering is caused by humans themselves, that our own greed, jealousy..etc..creates our suffering. What he learned, what he shared , what he came to teach, is the bases of Buddhism. Buddhism/Buddhist/It's teachings were originally kicked out of India mainly because it.they denounced the caste system.


    Answer by pixie_trix at 5:38 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • The 2 are different in many ways. However, yes Buddhism did originate from Hinduism.

    There are some in the world who believe that the Christ and Siddhartha were the same man. There are some in the world that believe that the Christ actually had traveled to India and learned many of his teachings/philosophies from Siddhartha. I surely do not know if either are true, I wasn't around during that time (lol)..

    Answer by pixie_trix at 5:40 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • Side note..

    Just for future reference. Hindus do not believe in many Gods. We believe in one Supreme reality Brahma. From that supreme creator stems the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (all one in the same, if you will.. Much like the belief of " The Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost"). From the trinity comes all the thousands of Gods/Goddesses in the Hindu Pantheon. None of these are seen as their own individual Supreme Creator/God.. Each of them represents an aspect or aspects of the Creator/The Trinity or is viewed as an avatar/incarnation of The Creator/God/Brahma. For instance, Ganesha represents the never relenting always striving and succeeding aspect of the Creator, the aspect that helps us to see and overcome obstacles in life. However, Ganesha is not "God"/ The Universal creator, just a representation of an aspect of The Creator.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 5:47 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • I think this is a decent summary of some of the history of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as a list of some similarities and differences between them. Both paths tend to be pretty individualistic, so these are definitely generalities and may or may not be true of each Hindu or Buddhist. Buddhism did come out of Hinduism, just like Christianity came out of Judaism. There are many similarities, but there are many, many differences--even if they use some similar terms for example, often they are defined in slightly different ways. Hope the link helps.

    Hinduism and Buddhism

    Answer by pam19 at 5:44 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • One big difference I see is Buddhism does not worship any god, while Hinduism worships many. Some of the meditation practices and philosophies are similar, but not the core beliefs.

    Christianity and Judaism believe in the same God and the writings of the Old Testament.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 5:04 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • thank you pixie for adding that

    Answer by shivasgirl at 5:09 PM on Jun. 18, 2011