Beliefs of South Asia

By: Drew Huynh-King

What's it About

Continue reading to figure out about Hinduism and Buddism!


Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, but unlike other religions it doesn't have one founder or leader. The had there own sacred Hindu texts call Vedas. The different Vedas have special religious meaning to the Hindus, kinda like the verses in the Bible to Christians. Hindu's have about 3 main beliefs consisting of reincarnation, karma, and the law of dharma. The Hindu's believed that life is a forever cycle of events, with no beginning or end. Each person is in an endless cycle of reincarnation until that person reaches the supreme goal of Absolute, called Moksha, by overcoming all evils and all earthly desires. Karma is basically like Newton's third law, with every reaction there is an equal or opposite reaction, or at least that's how I see it. Karma is the belief that everything a person does has a consequence. Meaning both good deeds and bad deeds have an effect on a person's life. Then finally dharma, the belief that one is born into a particular station in life and it is his or her moral duty to live according to that station.
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Buddha is a religion to about 300 million people in the world. The basis of buddhism lies in the Four noble truths, which explains why people suffer and ho suffering can be avoided. By following the Eightfold path, a Buddhist strives to become complete and reach enlightenment. Buddha called his path the middle Way because it lies between luxury and necessary poverty. Reincarnation and Karma are also central Buddhist beliefs. The tradition of Buddhism is made up of three components called the three jewels. This first one is Buddha himself. The second jewel is dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, and the third is sangha, the community of believers, including monks, nuns, and other followers.

Credible Resources

I wouldn't call it a website but I want to credit the two sheets that we were supposed to annotate.