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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 37. How did Buddhism Relate to the Brahmanism of the Buddha’s Day, and Later Hinduism?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40776


The relationship between Buddhism at its origins and Brahmanism is a still much-debated topic. Although nineteenth- and some early-twentieth-century discussions of Buddhism represented the Buddha as something like a reformist who learned from but corrected teachings of his day, most scholarship has now retired the simplistic hypothesis that Buddhism “emerged from Brahmanism,” let alone from something that we can accurately call “Hinduism.”

Chapter Contributors

  • Christopher Jones ( - cjones1) 'University of Cambridge'