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This was written as part of a take home final exam The opening statement by the Hindu was given and we had to respon to the rest It is meant to compare and contrast the two practices Hindu Isnt it true that Buddhism comes from the same roots as Hinduism Isnt Buddhism just a sub-set of Hinduism I have now reached the age of 60 and am curious to know more about Buddhism What can you tell me my friend Do you not think that you and I are really quite the same Buddhist We are as similar as we are different While the Hindu religion does not have prophets the Buddhists believe in the enlightenment of the Buddha who was born into a Hindu family The Buddha in an important figure in both religions he is seen as the prophet for the Buddhists and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu for the Hindus HinduTherefore both religions originated on Indian grounds why did the Buddha refute his Hindu origin BuddhistSome have argued that the Buddha was born and died as a Hindu This is not the way I perceive the Buddha The Great One wanted to live a life based on the principal of moderation and believed that this was available to everyone He consequently countered the ideas of the cast system and by doing so was no longer considered a Hindu The only societal order followed by Buddhist is that of the Samgha HinduHow do samsara and dharma play into Buddhism since there are no class divisions BuddhistJust as in Hinduism the more good karma one receives the closer this person comes to attaining nirvana our version of liberation or moksa One gains good karma through positive thoughts and actions For Buddhists dharma is a term used for the teaching or the truth of the Ultimate Order of things for selflessness and impermanence not for ones social duty
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