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In comparing Hinduism and Buddhism I am compelled to say that Buddhism seems a subset of Hinduism It is a form of Hinduism that is easier for ordinary people to understand and follow Some of the differences between the two religions and their complexities lie in their origins The multiple levels and systems of Hinduism can be attributed to its origin of many years of change and growth Buddhism has a very distinct origin and its growth merely extends the religion instead of changing it The differences in supreme beings between Hinduism and Buddhism show two extremes of the same idea Hinduism believes in one Supreme Being but separates its characteristics into many different Gods Everything is a part of the Supreme Being Buddhism sees the individuals thought and nature as supreme and therefore does not have a single God and so turns inward instead of outward Similarities between views of man and nature greatly show the progression from Hinduism to Buddhis m as the same ideas of everything being one and the same are expressed in different contexts Both religions are also similarly based on attaining a certain knowledge in order to reach salvation or Nirvana Hinduism follows that salvation is sought by knowledge but it is vague in describing what knowledge that is and how to obtain it Buddhism on the other hand spells out exactly how to live life in order to reach Nirvana The process of reaching the final destination differs between the religions The reincarnation of Hinduism can be described as stuck in the cycle until knowledge is attained the person has little control over the multiple lives they need to live out before reaching salvation On the other hand Buddhisms reincarnation can be stopped at any time the path to Nirvana is clear and attainable These subtle differences with in the similarities of Hinduism and Buddhism bring about a notion of the simpler one being a subset of the
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