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Buddhism v/s Jainism

Buddhism and Jainism are similar in many terms,both originated in the same geographic region of India.

Both oppose caste system and animal scarifies.

The main similarity between them is that they both reject the existence of god.
They both focus on ‘karma’ and its effect. Still, there are numerous differences that exist between them. Jainism remained near its origin whereas Buddhism was extended to countries like Nepal and China.


Buddhism - centered upon the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha,

Jainismis - centered on the life and teachings of Mahavira.

Buddhism -  main goal is to gain enlightenment.
Jainism -main  goals are based on non-violence and liberation the soul.



                          Jainism                                                    Buddhism


Founder           Vardhamana                                           Gautama Buddha









Based On         The teachings of thirthankaras like      The teachings of Gautama Buddha



The soul       Exist in scientfically living entities          Exists in both anime & inanimate objects                    

Karma          A real substance attached with each        Is a process that determines the future,

                      body. Not effected from the persons        It is based on the direct effect of one's own  actions


Vows             5 vows or precepts in Jainism                   5 vows or precepts in Buddhism. 


1st Vow        Ahimsa (non-violence),                               Not kill, which extends to all living beings.

                    which extends to all living beings.


2nd Vow      Satya (Truthfulness)                                   Truthfulness


3rd Vow      Asteya (not stealing)                                    Not stealing


4rt Vow       Brahmacharya                                             To refrain from sexual misconduct

                  (celibacy for monks & nuns                          (celibacy for monks and nuns)
                  no sexual misconduct for lay people)


5th Vow       Aparigraha non-materialism,                   Refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

                    non-attachment to material things   


Knowledge   Jina ( Spiritual Victor)                               Buddha ( Awakened One)




















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