While all religions attempt to deal with questions such as Why am I here? What is my purpose? Is there a purpose for my life? How should I live?, there is a vast difference in "style" and approach between religions of the East and those of the West.
The East - Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist - tend to be intuitive, introspective, unifying, embracing of other views.
The West - Judaism, Christianity, Islam - dualistic, materialistic, externally focused, including only those who agree and adhere to their teachings. Their is an open system.
Eastern spiritual styles are highly accommodating and hospitable to other viewpoints and understandings feeling that all sincere paths lead to Higher Consciousness or God.
Western religions, shaped by their theologians, confine and constrict their views resulting in dogmas and doctrines which stress that their path is the only path which will lead to God. Theirs is a closed system often resulting in fanaticism and intolerance.