Posted by Tony (126.96.36.199) on October 01, 2000 at 12:36:16:
In Reply to: Buddhism vs. Brahmanism posted by SkySitter on October 01, 2000 at 04:00:59:
The link in Skysitter's post contains one of the best summaries of the early Indian development at the time of the Buddha I have read. Well worth looking at by all Buddhists for background.
I have heard Buddhism described as a reaction against the more roccoco elements of Hinduism prevalent at the time. Indeed, some would maintain that Hinduism, as an extremely old religion/philosophy/social system had become degraded from its original Vedic origins, and hence Buddhism, which contains many similar ideas to the latter, was essentially a "return to the roots" of Vedic philosophy.
Personally, I think that although this idea has merits, it's too much of an oversimplification and overlooks distinct differences between the two. Anyway, it's water under the bridge, to a large extent, I suppose, as Hinduism has developed along different lines today.
Maybe the emergence of Buddhism was a little like the emergence of Protestantism under Martin Luther as a revulsion against the excesses of Catholicism (and its political character) in his age. Though I wouldn't compare Luther and Buddha!
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