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To begin let us ask once again the huge question that is all burning in our minds is Buddhism a religion There are many criteria by which this can be compared to andor answered by For example many religions have the following aspects within them beginning ritual followersbelievers morality purpose and goals This paper will compare Buddhism other worldly accepted religions and these criteria from the standpoint and belief that Buddhism is a religionFirstly on our list we have beginning Every religion has its beginning The biggest difference between the beginning of Buddhism and the beginning of any other religion in most cases that is is the amount of time Buddhism appeared overnight Thats right just like that whereas a religion such as Hinduism evolved over endless numbers of years But nonetheless it is still a beginning It has a history and although it is still somewhat minor in terms of the beginning it is still a beginning and still has a historical sense to it This is one comparison under which Buddhism is strongly similar to other widely accepted religions Next up is ritual In Christianity Hinduism and Judaism three of the worlds largest religions there is ritual Similar to these is the ritual of one of the two forms of Buddhism While Mahayana Buddhism includes ritual Theravada Buddhism eschews it So although one may argue that only part of Buddhism containsinvolves ritualistic concepts ritual is still a part of a form of Buddhism Not all Christians or Jews or Hindus go by all rituals set aside by their religion and this could be an explanation as for why the Theravada portion of Buddhism contains no ritual even though the word no may be taken somewhat extremeAfter ritual comes followersbelievers Like the other religions that have been mentioned in this paper Buddhism has a somewhat widespread acceptance It is certainly not a small cult containing twenty or so people Buddhism is much larger than
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