Contrasts Between Jainism and Buddhism Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Contrasts Between Jainism and Buddhism
An examination of the differences between Jainism and Buddhism.
# 141883 | 2,500 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , Religion and Theology (Eastern)

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This paper examines why Jainism over time has tended to reject Buddhism or suggestions of Buddhist similarity. The paper offers an explanation of Jain origins, ideas of dharma, penance, the soul and moksha through personal efforts. Several areas of similarity are explained in terms of the Jain reaction, and the 12th century period of new conversions is examined. The paper also looks at comments on Jains by members of other Indian communities.

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"Buddhism and Jainism share similarities as sramana movements critical of caste distinctions and positive about personal effort as the path to liberation. Jains believe that the self is eternal whereas most Buddhists reject the concept of a personal soul. Westerners have been many times confused by the Jain concept of ahimsa or nonviolence more often associated with Buddhism, some Jains taking ahimsa to the extreme of avoiding the injury or death of any creature whereas Jains find Buddhists..."

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