Essay on Buddhism vs Jainism

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Buddhism versus Jainism
Darryn C. Greene
Strayer University
World Religions 212
Professor Veronica Slater
January 24, 2014

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The beliefs of Buddhism and Jainism follow similar paths but do have conflicting principles that makes them both very unique in their own way. The key creators of Buddhism and Jainism, Guatama and Mahavira, were contemporaries that came from the same social class. Their upbringings were so closely tied which may explain why the religions share similar doctrines. Most historians agree that Buddhism originated in northern India in the 5th century B.C.E. The tradition traces its origin to Siddhartha Gautama (or Gotama), who is typically referred to as the Buddha (literally the "Awakened" or "Enlightened
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Buddhist deal with anger and suffering through the Four Noble Truths, the foundations for all of their later teachings. The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings, though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. More simply put, suffering exists; it has a cause; it has an end; and it has a cause to bring about its end. The notion of suffering is not intended to convey a negative world view, but rather, a pragmatic perspective that deals with the world as it is, and attempts to rectify it. The concept of pleasure is not denied, but acknowledged as fleeting. Pursuit of pleasure can only continue what is ultimately an unquenchable thirst. The same logic belies an understanding of happiness. In the end, only aging, sickness, and death are certain and unavoidable.
In Buddhism, desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied. As a result, desiring them

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