Posted by Shipmate (22.214.171.124) on February 01, 2001 at 19:53:08:
In Reply to: Fundamental difference b/n Buddhism and Hinduism posted by User2001 on January 28, 2001 at 18:59:43:
I did a research paper on Hinduism, and stayed at a Hare Krishna Temple for a month... with the high possibility of converting. i learned very quickly that many people would not answer my questions because I am a woman. Later on, I learned that I was not allowed to touch certain precious items, instruments, or stand in certain parts of the room. Being a life-long musician; I found this to be really difficult to accept, and the experience ended up being nothing more than research. Later on, I found myself in a Buddhist Monastery finding enlightenment - if only for a brief moment. Albeit, it was more sincere to my heart.
: Well, There is so much of discrimination in Hinduism. There are untouchables who are not allowed to touch or enter the homes of people of higher castes of Hindus. Women are also discriminated in so many ways. Buddhism arose as people did not like the discriminative aspects of Hinduism. In Buddhism, every living thing is respected. Life is respected. Even enemies are respected and not opposed violently. Buddhists believe in non-violence and compassion.
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