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Similarities and differences between Buddhism and Taoism

Both Buddhism and Taoism started in approximately 500 BCE. Both religions had complex philosophies and complex ways of performing the act of warship. Buddha, a prince named Siddharta Guatama, was the man who created Buddhism. Buddhism was based on Hinduism and changes were made from the life experiences Buddha faced. As for Taoism, it was based on Confucianism. Taoism was found in China in the Han dynasty .It dealt with learning from the past and appreciating the present. Buddhists believed that life was a circle of rebirth. Everyone had to pay for every action. If a man did a bad deed, he would have to pay several lives going through pain before he could receive Enlightment. They also believed that life was full of pain and misery, so they must prepare themselves with the cycles of life and rebirth. However, Taoists believed that everyday life could be peaceful and enjoyable but they must follow the ways of a Tao. If they follow the society’s way, they won’t receive peace and harmony. They were told to learn and adapt to all changes in life. Buddhism and Taoism continued to influence the culture even to the present days. Both Buddhism and Taoism believed that every man’s intention is good. For a Taoist, their main goal was to become one with a Tao. In order to do so, they must overcome all the negative characteristics such as greed. "The Tao surrounds everyone and therefore everyone must listen to find enlightenment." Being Tao is to be able to take in all the things that had happened to you. As for a Buddhist, a man cannot change the world surrounding them, but they can change themselves inside. Therefore, a Buddhist’s intention was to become a Nirvana and not break the four noble truths. One of the four noble truths is, “that the removal of sorrow can only come from the removal of desire.” What this means is to eliminate your desire of wanting something. Also, both Buddhism and Taoism said that men and the universe ...

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