As the world shrinks, we benefit by our willingness to gain an appreciation and respect for the diversity surrounding us. There is much to be gained by finding common ground with those whose cultures we have never experienced. I have so much to learn.
Buddhism and Hinduism are both ancient religions with their origins in India. the roots of Hinduism easily extend more than a thousand years before the birth of Christ. They are cultures both rich and full of meaning. To my Western understanding, there are similarities between the two religions that might reasonably be compared to the similarities between Jewish and Christian origins, beliefs and traditions.
While Buddhism and Hinduism both recognize many deities, they do not represent separate gods, but rather different manifestations of one God. Some of these manifestations are quite strange to us; and each of these deities may have multiple roles. Additionally, some Buddhist…
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