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When I first became a Buddhist I was very confused where it stood between philosophy and religion so I read up on it a lot. Now that I'm more focused and reading more I've been thinking a lot about different religions. I recently purchased The Worlds Religions by Huston Smith.
The first chapter was about Hindusim. Though I like other religions to understand people's beliefs and cultures, Hinduism is a visceral experience to me, because of its ties to Buddhism. I understand it's basic underpinnings and logic. The extra layers are really enticing because I like having a lot to ponder and think about. I'm particularly drawn to the jnana path because it's similar to Buddhisms ideas of non-duality and non-being, said in another context. But I also like focusing on the figurative as well, knowing it's representational.
Buddhism has been a great foundation for me. It helps me keep things in context. Mindfulness is a blessing. But can it be built upon? I don't want to just say "I like Buddhist philosophy." I want to be a Buddhist first and foremost. But I also want to explore Hinduism. The Buddha acted in response to Hinduism, but also owes immense credit to it.
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