Common Elements Between Jainism and Buddhism

  • Philosophical ideas were derived  from the Upanishads.
  • Came to public as a revolt against orthodox Brahmanical Hinduism. 
  • Limited spread of Aryan culture in Eastern India helped in shaping better influence.
  • Both indebted to the Sankhya philosophy.
  • Preached in local languages.
  • Believed in Idol worship: it was not initially believed in but it was later adopted during a subsequent period.
  • Both believed that the world is full of misery.
  • Rejected the authority of the Vedas and the efficacy of Vedic rites.
  • Non-violence as means of salvation.
  • Opposed the caste system.
  • Both got support from the strongest rulers of the time.
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