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Hinduism and Buddhism

Describe the theme of Brahman as it has been developed in Hinduism (even Jainism). Finally, show how the theme is an essential part of the Hindu (even Jain) tradition. It does not matter which theme is chosen but only one.

What are the features of Buddhism that fit with our modern scientific outlook? And what are the features that are not consistent with contemporary science? How do these features taken together explain Buddhism's spread into the contemporary West?

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(a) The term Hindu is a Persian-Arab label that refers to a dweller of the Hindu (Firth, 2005).The Hindus recognizes four stages that affirm life. The first stage is that of a student, where a boy is expected to study with a guru. The second stage is that of the householder; where a man marries have children and a family. It is also in this stage that a man acquires a job, establishes a career, and becomes a part of the community. This stage is considered important because the boy now assumes responsibility for others. The third stage the man and his wife are ready to retire, the son takes over the responsibilities of the household - both spiritual and secular. In this state, the man and his wife is free to contemplate death. The fourth stage breaks the previous stage; it is a rejection of life in search for exchange for the moska (to comprehend the meaning of life (http://uwacadweb.uwyo.edu).

Hinduism is comprised of an institutional framework for a diverse set of beliefs. These beliefs define a transition to another life that could either be reincarnation, life in heaven with God, or absorbed into Brahmin (Firth, 2005). Brahmin is known as the Creator and Destroyer (who destroys the old and creates the new). After the act of creation, Brahma is stated to have little prominence, often referred to as "grandfather," aloof, and is unaware or unconcerned about the consequences of his actions (uwacadweb.uwyo.edu). Thus, the theme of ...

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This solution describes themes and features associated with Buddhism and Hinduism.