Sunday, February 15, 2015

The difference between Buddhism and Hinduism, in a nutshell!

Buddhism teaches that the person or mind consists of ever changing content (thoughts, feelings, sensations) and that no permanent, unchanging self exists.  In contrast, Hinduism says that in addition to the ever changing content of consciousness there exists an observer viewing this content and remaining unchanged by it.  This observer is sometimes called Brahman, the "I" or the unchanging and immortal Self.  This Self is discovered by deep meditation with a focus on that part of ourselves viewing experience (called "silent awareness" by Gangaji, below) rather than the content of  experience, itself.  My own insight is that the self is awareness with a positive intent towards activity.

Sharka Todd

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