The Nature Of Ethics In Hinduism, Christianity, And Buddhism

1784 words - 7 pages

The Nature of Ethics in Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism

When asking the question about the nature of ethics, it is hard to explain where they came from because not everyone has the same views or religions. Since religions have different standards, there are different sources to them and different reasons for why people should follow them. When trying to find answers to questions about the nature of ethics, it is impossible to know which religion's view is correct. This paper will discuss the different views on the nature of ethics of three major religions: Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism.
Before trying to explain ethics in Hinduism, one must first know the basic beliefs in it. The ultimate goal for Hindus is to achieve Moksha, which is basically stopping the cycle of reincarnation and ceasing to exist. Hindus also believe in Samsara, which means that the present life is the result of previous existences bound by the law of Karma (Exploring Religious Meaning, 198). Karma is basically the notion that what one does in their present lifetime determines how he/she will live in their next lifetime. Hindus believe in reincarnation, so death is basically another part of the endless cycle of rebirths. Some compare Karma to the cycle of growth in crops. According to Katha Upanishad, "Like corn, man ripens and falls to the ground; like corn he springs up again in his season" (Burke, 22).
As to what ethical principles or standards of behavior Hindus govern their lives around depends on the person. Since most believe in Karma, they tend to live their lives in manner that they feel they will be rewarded in their next life. It is said that a Hindu that is born into a low caste has been punished through the Law of Karma for something that they did in a previous life. Those who are born into a prosperous family are being rewarded through the Law of Karma because of the good they did in a previous life. How a Hindu governs their lives also depends on which of the three Margas (paths to achieve Moksha) that they choose to follow. Jnana Marga is the path of knowledge, Karma Marga is the path of action, and Bhakti Marga is the path of devotion. Depending on which marga a Hindu follows, dictates how that person lives their life.
If a Hindu does not follow the standards of his religion, he will be punished. He wouldn't be punished in the sense of heaven or hell though like in Christianity. Since Hindus believe in Karma, their next life will reflect how they live their previous life. He would probably be born into a lower caste and will suffer a lot in his lifetime.
It is necessary to explain Buddhism's background before trying to explain its ethics. Siddhartha Gautama is the person who is most revered in the Buddhist religion. As a child, he was kept from seeing/learning about many of the harsh realities in the world. According to Exploring Religious Meaning, "As a young man he ventured forth into that world...

Find Another Essay On The Nature of Ethics in Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism

The Spread of Hinduism and Buddhism in Southeast Asia

1757 words - 7 pages Hinduism is a very popular religion in India, being that it could possibly be the oldest religion of all time and originated in India, the Hindu population in India is 80%. With Hinduism being such a popular religion, it competes with Christianity and Islam at 900 million followers of Hinduism worldwide (Miksic, 10). As for the popularity of Buddhism, it is not nearly as prevalent as Hinduism is, even in India. A very important attribute to

The Seperation of Hinduism and Buddhism

1727 words - 7 pages . Buddhism opposes the idea of a soul, while Hinduism perceives the soul as being one with Brahman. Moksha and Nirvana are both the release from saṃsāra, but the pathways to attaining release are dissimilar. One of the major Hindu beliefs that Buddhism rejects is the Caste System, or “jati” in Sanskrit (Esposito, Fasching, and Lewis 317). The caste system is the social structure of Hinduism. It starts with the Brahmins, who are the priests

Comparing the Philosophy of Life in Christianity and Chinese Buddhism

847 words - 3 pages advocates to be free from world by wisdom . But fundamentally speaking , both Christianity and Buddhism (this paper mainly refers to Chinese Buddhism ) are philosophies to life. They answer the questions of where persons come from and go to , and inquire the nature of life. They demand people to do goodness and remove evils in actual life, so as to make life more meaningful. Both of there theoretical bases are started from the human nature, but

Goals In Hinduism And Buddhism

1517 words - 6 pages in some, if not many ways, contrast one another. In the following summary of two eastern religions, Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan) and Hinduism, the reviewer hopes to give the reader an introductory look at these systems as well as the individual goals that followers of each particular faith would strive for.Buddhism rejected many of the ideas and practices of traditional Hindus. Buddhists rejected the authority of the Brahmins, as well

The Spread of Buddhism and Christianity

1545 words - 6 pages The Spread of Buddhism and Christianity Buddhism and Christianity were each founded by one person, and then eventually grew into two of the largest religions in the world. Each religion had different reasons for the success in the spreading of each respected belief. Although both faced many hardships, the two religions overcame and prevailed through their problems and continued to find ways to attract new believers every day

Basics of Christianity and Hinduism

2554 words - 11 pages Basics of Christianity Christianity is one of the most popular religions of the world. Throughout the world there are 2.2 billion people who practice Christianity, that is 1/3rd of the world. Christianity is the belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The thought of how The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit can be one seems to be something that in a dynamic matter or way you look at it may be in possible. The fact that

Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shinto

1321 words - 5 pages the Buddhist influence on the religion as a whole. Unlike Hinduism and Buddhism Shinto focuses on purity and preforms purification rituals much like repentance in western religion like Christianity. According to Rosemarie Bernard’s article Shinto and Ecology: Practice and Orientations to Nature “…the idea of purification is a key aspect of all ritual activity in Shinto. Purification (harae) is performed to reestablish order and balance between

Hinduism and Buddhism

1880 words - 8 pages known as Hinduism(s) can be described best as a “two room cottage”. Whenever Hinduism(s) originated, approximately around 1000 BCE, it started in India as something small and has progressively renovated with additions to new and changing concepts. Hinduism(s) has expanded all the way to the West, exhibiting it’s acceleration of growth as a religion. Following Hinduism(s) is the fourth largest religion, widely illustrated as cousins, is Buddhism

Buddhism and Hinduism

637 words - 3 pages Buddhism and Hinduism Buddhism and Hinduism are two of the primary religions that came into existence in India beginning in 700 B.C. and continuing throughout history to 400 A.D. Both Hinduism and Buddhism are based on the same principles, but differ in their ideas as a whole. Buddhism occurred when a monk named Guatama reached enlightenment after meditating underneath a tree for over forty days. He is the sacred God-like being in Buddhism

Hinduism and Buddhism

875 words - 4 pages Hinduism and Buddhism The idea of “religare” or binding oneself back to one’s religion is key to many religions. In Christianity, we bind our selves back to the truth unveiled through scripture, myths, tradition, and the church’s teachings. Hinduism, however has a much different interpretation of the idea of binding oneself back. There really is not a whom or what that I can put my finger on. We all came from one God and we must get back to

Hinduism and Buddhism

6625 words - 27 pages Road and the Greater Road. It was among the latter division of Buddhism that the dual conception of God and the Absolute finally matured. Step by step, century by century, the God concept has evolved until, with the teachings of Ryonin, Honen Shonin, and Shinran in Japan, this concept finally came to fruit in the belief in Amida Buddha. Hinduism Brahman Brahman is the central theme of all the Hinduisms believes. Brahman is the

Similar Essays

Buddhism And Hinduism, Nature Of The Divine

1135 words - 5 pages Malavolta 2 Buddhism and Hinduism, Nature of the Divine Marcus Malavolta Mr. Morelli December 18 th 2013 Malavolta 2 Buddhism and Hinduism, Nature of the Divine Buddhism and Hinduism are both very intriguing religions that are similar in many ways, and are almost identical in their belief of the afterlife. Both religions believe in reincarnation, reincarnation is the reappearance or revitalization of someone or something in another form

Christianity, Hinduism And Buddhism: Similar Views Of Life

2607 words - 10 pages differences between the three. Hinduism is a polytheism, worship of or belief in more than one god. Christianity is monotheism, the doctrine or belief that there is only one powerful God. Buddhism in the other hand believes in no god. Buddha is not god but the man who became enlightened. Buddhism and Hinduism both believe one can achieve spiritual by meditating. However, the purpose of meditating for Buddhism would lead to true happiness and

"Culture And Worship" Analysis Of How The 5 Largest Religions (Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, And Islam) Each Use Different Metheds To Manifest Worship.

1366 words - 5 pages of eternity in heaven where they will live with God and not know sadness or pain.By looking at the roots of Christianity in Judaism, we can see similar trends with some subtle differences. Whereas Christian worship is usually based on the spiritual life or in a more spiritual nature, Jewish worship generally has more emphasis on the material.In the Old Testament when God made His Covenant with the Jewish people He gave instructions on how He was

Comparative Religion: Eastern (Hinduism, Buddhism, And Taoism) And Western (Christianity, Judaism, And Islam) Religions Compared. This Was A Term Paper And Is Quite Long (About 5 Pages).

1297 words - 5 pages When classifying the world's major religions they can easily be split up into two groups: Eastern religions and Western religions. The Eastern religions consist of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. The Western religions consist of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Almost all of these religions have come about within existing religious frameworks. Eastern and Western religions share many qualities while differing in many as well.Hinduism, Buddhism