If you think about Buddhism, and expecially Buddha, you'll probably think about a fat golden statue sitting and smiling. However Buddhism is more than that, and like every other religion it have its origins, its story and its belief.

Founded by Siddhartha Gautama (there's even a book related to him by Herman Hesse that you might want to read, it's short and good), it's one of the most ancient religion in the world. It's a religion that is somehow different than others: the main focus is about philosophy, so much that is seen as a atheistic religion - this is not due to the fact that Buddhists don't believe in gods, but they aren't the main focus of the religion, and devotion towards them is not the main goal.

The main goal, the main focus, the main concept around where Buddhism is focused are the Four Noble Truths (they were revelead to Buddha while he was sitting under a tree, according to the religion). They are about pain, origin of pain, cessation of pain and the path leading to the cessation of pain.

Talking about books, there are multiple ones focusing on various themes - rules about how the monks should live, a book with all the teaching of Buddha, and many many others... There are literally thousands of volumes. And seeing how old this religions is, this shouldn't be surprising.

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  • Its beliefs are good also for non-religious context
  • Emphasis on peace
  • No focus on dogma
  • Benefits on health (both physical and mental)
  • No proper gods, if you consider this a pro
  • Its temples looks good, and the statues too

  • Not accepted or popular in some region
  • Requires time and effort
  • A lot of scriptures to read if you want a full immersion
  • Can be easily misinterpreted
  • No more drinking or smoking for you, if you like them
  • Meditation can be boring for some individuals



Great religion

Even though that I'm an atheist I still feel the most connected to the Buddhism because I actually love the values that it stands for and represents. It's always about peace, being a good person, staying calm and so on.

I think that Buddhism is definitely a way of living and not just a religion. I have always respected people that are part of this religion because I find them very inspiring. I even read a few books about Buddha and they're absolutely amazing.

Posted by Mehano on 09-29-2017

Love it.

In terms of my religious views, I can say that I identify closely enough with Buddhism to call myself a Buddhist. That being said, I don't really view Buddhism as a religion but more so a guide to living a healthy and meaningful life. I don't really like the schools of Buddhism that took the teachings of the Buddha and created a religion around it with ceremonies and such, as I don't think that was the Buddha's intention. That's why I'm a fan of the Thai Forest Tradition (Theravada) and East Asian (Zen) Tradition because I feel they are closer to the essence of Buddha's teachings.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-27-2017

Let it be.

I don't know much about the two options (but I know they are good for us), so... Considering how little I know about them, I can relate more to Buddhism because the practices they follow are more in line with my lifestyle.
Posted by wiseagent on 09-26-2017


I think that buddhism is the most peaceful religion on Earth. There are no weird gods you pray to, you live your life peacefully and meditate. That's what should be the most important thing in any religion, world peace and doing good things.
Posted by felabruno on 09-30-2017



Let's talk about San¬Ętana Dharma, 'eternal spiritual path'. Don't be scared by such a big and maybe weird word, it's simply the proper name of the religion known as Hinduism. The most ancient religion in the world (between the main ones), in India it have thousands of followers, and many others in different parts of the world.

A religion so big is hard to define since there are different minor religions and way of thinking in it, different behaviors, different philosophies, etc... The basis of the values and beliefs, however, are the same for each single individuals, each single part of Hinduism, maybe with just some slightly minor difference. In some parts of the world the main focus might be a different thing than another, or they might have a different interpretation of a particular aspect.

For all this reasons, it's hard to tell what is Hinduism and what isn't, since even the term "Hinduism" is pretty recent. But usually, its origins are considered to be between the Brahmanism.

They follow the Dharma, the rules for their lives (term which is used also for Buddhism, and other Asian religions). One of the most famous and important part is the Ahimsa, basically the non-violence, the main concept that made Gandhi famous.

The main goals of a Hindu are four: material richness (alongside success, power, even politics); justice and ethic; pleasure and sexual satisfaction; absolute freedom. They are deep concept and are impossible to be summed up in just a few words. Like Buddhism, there are a lot of books: two group called Sruti and Smrti, focusing around thousands different themes. Hard to define, and still popular today, Hinduism is not going to die anytime soon.

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  • Multiple paths avalaible in the way of good
  • Big focus on philosophy, focusing in many different aspects
  • No proper fixed rules or rescrictions
  • Very spiritual
  • Freedom and liberty
  • Many hindu contribuited to various artistic and scientific fields
  • Well built temples

  • A lot of scriptures, seriously A LOT
  • Some superstition
  • Its caste system isn't exactly perfect
  • Difficult to find a proper definition
  • Can be often misinterpreted
  • You need to understand it and its philosophy, and it isn't easy to do so
  • Karma is a big part, and as you know karma could be against you



Hinduism is Social

The festivals in Hinduism makes anyone more social. Lot of ritual and social part makes things lot better. You can see that Hinduism is a bit better on that part. You can see that on that basis the hinduism is a bit different. So I would surely go with the hinduism on that.
Posted by overcast on 09-27-2017

More favorable

From my perspective, I would more likely to prefer Hinduism because it offers more of what the people of the world needs. I can very much agree the Buddhism teaching of how to get rid of pains in life and live a pure life is good but we need more success, material stuff and power to be successful in this world. So therefore, I would be choosing Hinduism because it looks better bargain to me.
Posted by Martinsx on 01-04-2018


I'm not really a religious type, I won't follow a dogma or a particular belief because I'm an atheist. That said, I think these religions are much better than the traditional ones we have here in the west because they're actively looking for peace, especially Buddhism. They value peace and love above everything else instead of using religion as a tool.
Posted by Tania997 on 09-26-2017
I think both religions are great and it is impossible for me to judge which is the best. I am a Catholic of baptism and nowadays I have become adept at spiritualism, so I know little about Hinduism and Buddhism, but from what little I know, I have in mind that they are religions that preach good. This is the most important thing for me.
Posted by hermessantos on 09-26-2017
I'm not exactly familiar with either religions. I like the piece and prosperity concept and also that there is no pressure on the supreme being conception. Whenever I think of Buddhism I think of not only a peaceful religious group but the Shaolin Buddhas in the Shaolin temple in the high hills practicing martial arts and meditation. Just thinking about it brings a sense of relaxation and ease and nature's reverence to my mind.
Posted by Joteque on 09-26-2017
I don't follow any of those religions as they are not something of my type. A religion in my perspective is something that could continuously bind you to do good things and refrain from the bad ones. Something that separates a human being from animals. I don't follow Buddhism or Hinduism but I respect the people who do as they were born with it and most didn't had the choice or time to dig others. Without a doubt, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are the most old religions and have something in common and that is they share the same prophets and the holy books making them more reliable.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 09-26-2017
I can’t decide which is better because we are all having different beliefs. I’m a catholic in faith and I also respect of different religion and their beliefs. The most important to me is we believe that there is almighty who we believe .Someone that we can rely on and prayers.
Posted by honeybabe on 09-26-2017
I pretty much prefer the both religion, I would say that I am quite aware of both religion and what it offers. Buddhism is directed linked to having one not feeling connected to the world and as such you are free from the pains it comes with. There's a lot meditation involved in Buddhism practice and one it's forced to master inner calm and control of his or her chi. Once this is achieved, the world and all it comes with seems to be a trival thing to the person who takes up the religion and they are generally referred to as monks.

Hinduism preaches wealth and earthly satisfaction, and as much as I would enjoy not having the things of the world bother me, I cannot look over not being wealth and affluent and as such I would consider siding with Hinduism.
Posted by Heatman on 09-26-2017
I like both religions and their philosophies a lot, to be honest. I think that they preach a spiritual path that's simple to follow and way more productive than the traditional religion's teachings. I gotta love to meditate!
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-26-2017
I am neither. My hubby is a follower of Buddhism but he doesn't practice those serious burning incense , setting up altar and stuff. I have a few Hindu neighbors who would light up those fragrant smelling incense and ringing of bell that I believe are followed by the older folks. Younger generations are not that faithful to prayers and offer of food to God. Both are good, can't say much since I am a Christian
Posted by peachpurple on 09-27-2017
I believe that all religions convey the same message. If I have to choose between those two then it will definitely be Buddhism for me. I have watched so many documentaries about the Buddha and Buddhism in general. The words that I will associate with Buddhism are serenity, inner peace and happiness. I can't really say that much about Hinduism as I don't really know much about it.
Posted by Pixie on 09-27-2017
I think every religions have good philosophy inside them.Though I tend to choose Buddhism because its more philosophical and less superstitious than Hinduism. Moreover, it doesnt bring up such painful term as caste discrimination of people, which is not in favour of social equality.
Posted by RosieCheeks on 09-27-2017
I have experience with both hinduism and buddhism. The path to busshism is more suffering and the painful. Because you have to let go of lot of things. And here you can learn things along the way. You can see that buddhism has it's set of the patience. You can see how the difference in practice changes things. Your approach towards the religion is in your experience. And things changes as per that.
Posted by overcast on 09-27-2017
I was taught by an old professor of mine that Buddhism was actually a reform movement of Hinduism, and it began when Siddhartha, the Hindi prince, walked out of the royal palace and saw the suffering of those in the lower castes. In this way, I think that the Buddhist religion began in a very noble way. There are many different approaches to Buddhism, and I prefer the Zen practice of it in my studies, but I think that you are right about Buddhism does encourage patience and a moderating approach to life in general.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-29-2017
Buddha was hindu. But buddhism wasn't out of hinduism. It was path of it's own. And it was taken by countries other than India such as Nepal, japan and others. And that made it look lot different. But pretty much it is kind of having same gods and the stuff like hinduism. And the traditions are has it's origin from the hinduism. it's interesting though.
Posted by overcast on 03-18-2018
Although I have seen the Diwali in Singapore twice already, I have very little knowledge of Hinduism. Diwali is the festival of lights, the Hindu festival that is equivalent to Christmas. With Buddhism, I had many encounters with the monks whose teaching is peace and prosperity. In fact, my niece is a Buddhist adherents and she had built a temple in her land for the Buddhists. I like their concept of prosperity because one of their teachings is that you can become wealthy if you pray properly for it.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-28-2017
Actually, I do not agree with any of them, I am a Christian, an Orthodox man who prays to God and believes that Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross for our sins. I respect all the other religions, even if I cannot understand many of them. We all believe in God in a way or another, we just call him different by name.
Posted by wallet on 09-28-2017
I'm a Christian and I'm so deep into my faith that I could not really appreciate the deeper aspects of other religions. However, some Buddhism practices like meditation can easily be taken up by non-Buddhists without transgressing my religion's teachings. I would prefer Buddhism over Hinduism because it emphasizes peace. It is also somewhat neutral as it has no proper goods.
Posted by chatbox on 09-28-2017
I'm a Christian that accommodate all religion and I see nothing wrong with any one belief all I need in the world is peace and love and if any religion preached that I'm game.

But for this discussion I will go with Buddhism. Preaching good over evil and that is the greatest gospel to all mankind Shun evil and hatred,embrace good and love.
Posted by lovely on 09-29-2017
This may be splitting hairs but some consider Buddhism more of a philosophy than a religion; whereas Hinduism is clearly a form of religion. I don't accept either. I'm a Christian and many of the teachings of Jesus Christ cannot be reconciled to Buddhism or Hinduism. Besides, Jesus said, "You can't serve two masters". So there is no room for compromise between the 3 distinct teachings. It's not possible to accept all 3. The be a faithful disciple you can only follow one and I follow Jesus.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 12-09-2017
Well,for the sake of the discusion we were expected to just choose the one we feel is more preferable by us or the issue of accepting anyone as your religion.Sure we don't need to compromise our faith but to avoid choas which is nearly engulfing the world because of religion unrest we should embrace or accomodate all for the sake for peace,let all dwell in peace by accepting one another despites our religion or God,let preach more of peace and not the religion we belong to.
Posted by lovely on 02-09-2018
I think that Buddhism probably has more support world wide, but I grew up with Christianity and is the religion I feel most comfortable with, although I am not an especially religious person. There is a lot of support for this religion. Buddhism has been around for centuries too and has some great traditions behind it. It is a good one also.
Posted by kgord on 09-30-2017
Buddhism developed from Hinduism. Many of the Buddhist ideas including "nirvana" "karma" "meditation" are originally Hindu concept. Therefore, Hinduism is superior to Buddhism. The Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, himself was born in a Hindu family. Hinduism is older than Buddhism.
Posted by vinaya on 10-04-2017
Indeed Buddha was Hindu and he developed his own path to the nirvana. And that's how it started to end the way it is supposed to be for the hinduism. As the social practice of the religion started to die from there onwards. I guess we have to understand that religion has it's own way to teach us how to live the life.
Posted by overcast on 03-18-2018
Unlike all major religion, Buddhism tolerate people outside it's system of belief, even if they're not willing to let go their religion, this is why I recommend it for anybody looking for a new religion, or just want to convert.
Posted by joey98 on 10-04-2017
Religion should not be compared. The reason is that every religion is good to us and that involves making things better for the society. The truth of the matter is that Buddhism and Hinduism are all good religion for mankind.
Posted by Barida on 10-06-2017
Religion should not really be compared like my brother up there said, this religion you are comparing are different views of different people or class of individuals, and they shouldn't be compared, although they might have similarities and loop holes. But you just don't compare two religions, it's not done.
Posted by Authord on 10-10-2017
I agree that you should not compare religions and in fact, there is no need in comparing things that compete with each other especially religion because they all have good points in them. Why do people join a religious group if not for the good points? When it comes to the bad points, it is only in the opinion of those who are not in that religious group. In other words, religion is just like politics that competitors keep on fighting simply because of the non-stop comparison.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-14-2018
A Buddha is someone who makes the ultimate potential of the mind real. Therefore, one day, in some life, we will become a Buddha. The ultimate potential is a state of total and unlimited clarity, which knows everyone and everything else that exists. He is inseparable from infinite universal love and compassion and blessed with a power to help others whose minds are open. worshiping the Buddha and worshiping oneself is a pity that some people who are completely uninterested in the subject go out and shoot improprieties to the four winds she does not know that Buddhists have complete knowledge of the cause. Buddhism in my thinking is a refuge for people who are tired of so much hypocrisy tired of seeing humans labeled as something by God's chosen pseudo-chosen people as it is a non-theistic religion they do not cry and beg for divine help (though many Buddhists believe in god) also do not ridicule people for not accepting their doctrine is ultimately a philosophy of life many Catholic Christians adopt the philosophy and ritual of meditation in their lives want to know more read the book (the Dalai Lama speaks of Jesus) peace and light
Posted by hermessantos on 03-18-2018