Unformatted text preview: This is especially true when one looks across the teachings of the different schools within the whole. There exist contradictions between Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism but there are also some noticeable contradictions within each school as well. The self searching nature of the story of Siddhartha is an excellent illustration of the path to Buddha-hood, however the story also contains elements that resemble the ideology of the Bodhisattva. Siddhartha kissing his friend on the forehead to help him achieve a nirvanic reminds me of the Bodhisattva remaining in the world of suffering to help others achieve knowledge and enlightenment. The story of Siddhartha was a tale that ultimately portrayed the ideals of Buddhism without directly claiming attachment to them....
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- Spring '07
- Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Mahayana, Vajrayana