Siddhartha Reflection Paper

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Katie Hnatyk Intro to Buddhism Prof. James Powell May 3, 2007 Siddhartha Reflection Paper The story of Siddhartha is a great direct representation of the general history of Buddhism itself. Siddhartha could be chosen as a symbol for the different aspects of the Buddhist teachings. The evolution of Buddhism, like the path Siddhartha chose to follow, contained many different ways of thinking, discerning and relating to teachings and ideas. The individualistic nature of Siddhartha’s journey is consistent with Buddhist teachings, in that individuals search for their own enlightenment or to achieve a state of nirvana for themselves. Along Siddhartha’s journey he also encounters contradictions in different peoples search for truth and enlightenment, and this is also very present in Buddhism.
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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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