What Do Buddhism and Hinduism Have in Common?


Buddhism and Hinduism share many traits and general beliefs, including that of the illusory nature of the physical world. Gautama Buddha in fact grew up as a Hindu in India.

Other similarities in belief include:

  • The existence of karma and that salvation comes from an individual's own actions
  • Reincarnation into another being according to the deeds of the previous life
  • Desire or attachment is the cause of suffering in the world
  • Compassion toward all living beings
  • The existence of several levels of heaven and hell and of several deities

Both religions also believe in the practice of meditation or yogic practices as a means of enlightenment.