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Hinduism and Buddhism are two of the five major religions in our world today They are widely practiced and have survived for centuries Both have similarities and differences as do all forms of religion Hopefully in this paper I will show you the basic structure of each religion I would also like to show how they compare and contrast No one is completely sure of where Hinduism was started and by whom Their oldest written documents the Vedas were written down in 1000 BC but they had existed orally long before The Vedas are where Hinduism originated Today Hinduism is the worlds third largest religion Many changes have come upon Hinduism since they practiced it first Hinduism includes many different sects or denominations and beliefs that have arisen Though there are many things in common with all of the Hindu sects Their basic beliefs are what ties them together Buddhism was founded by Siddartha Gautama and he became the Buddha His intentions were not to form a new religion only to modify an older one Brahmanism or Hinduism had become very orthodox Siddartha was a minor king of northern India One day he ventured outside the palace walls and saw how life really was Inspired Siddartha left his home and family to look for the meaning of life For years he listened to and studied with the Indian wise men then he turned to meditation Discouraged from not finding the answer he wanted he sat under a fig tree Siddartha determined that he sat there until he found the answer this lasted 49 days It finally came to him and he became Buddha Buddhism was founded Buddhism is a reformed version of Hinduism Buddha discovered the Four Noble Truths The Four Noble Truths are the foundation for all forms of Buddhist philosophy 1 There is suffering 2 Suffering is caused 3 Eliminating the causes of suffering can extinguish suffering 4 The way
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