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What do Buddhism and Hinduism have in common?

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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.

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What do Buddhism and Hinduism have in common?
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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.

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