Yoga and Buddhism


  • Yoga, in Buddhist sense, refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines. It is associated with the meaning of yoking oneself to a disciplines. It also means one of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism.
  • In Tibetan Buddhism, yoga refers to tantric practices, and yogi refers to a male tantric master, yogini for female.
  • Yoga and Buddhism are matter of meditation and physical practices that aims to help us pass through karma to attain the truth of consciousness.
  • Both consider the suffering and impermanence inherent in all living being, no matter it is animal, human or god, and seek to free from it.
  • Both believe that self- ego should be given up, and people should go back to the original reality.
  • Both traditions emphasize that meditation can help realize enlightenment or inner illumination.
  • Both systems recognize law of karma and the unity of all sentient beings to be the basic law of the universe.
  • Buddhism regards itself as Buddha dharma. Yoga regards itself as one of the branch of the Hindu tradition called Sanatana Dharma.


  • Differences in cosmic view and way of practice: Yoga is based on f the Self (Atman), the Creator (Ishvara), and Godhead (Brahman). On the other hand, Buddhism denies all such principles and regards them to be mere creations of the mind itself. In this regard, Yoga is more idealistic and Buddhism existential.
  • Yoga tradition practices a recognition of God, and a respect for and devotion to God. One of its direct self-realization is to surrender to God. Buddhism denies God or a cosmic lord and creator. It considers that it is far more important to alleviate sufferings and God is not a creator of the universe

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