Ask Mr. Donn
Why was Buddhism at first practiced by the lower castes and untouchables, while Hinduism was practiced by the upper caste?
Buddhism taught that anyone could enter Nirvana, no matter how lowly they were on the social scale. Hinduism taught that only the Brahmins, members of the highest caste, could achieve entry into this wonderful state of peace. It is not surprising that the lower castes preferred the teachings of Buddhism. Buddhism for Kids