Essay about The Teachings Of The Buddha

703 Words Feb 4th, 2016 3 Pages
The ideologies of religious figures are often written in such a way that they can be understood by virtually anyone and from any background. When reading Siddhartha, the story of the titular character and his own trials and tribulations is treated in much the same way with his own experiences and life being explained so that any reader can connect with his personal struggles. Throughout the piece, it is possible to see the ways in which he seemingly rejects the traditions of the Buddha in an effort to live his own life in a way that he desires. However, upon further analysis it is clear that while he might have rejected many of the philosophies of the Buddha, it is through this rejection that he is able to truly live a life that is unique and that actually embraces the philosophy of Buddhism and his own, unique path in which he lives a unique kind of life. In the novel Siddhartha, named for the main character, the story of the young man is one that is not meant to be the life of the Buddha but, at the same point, mirrors his life in a number of ways. Born into a Brahman family, Siddhartha lives a life that is considered well-to-do by many people in any century. However, this same opulence is one of the major points of contention in his life as he is unhappy with the state of his life even though he wants for nothing. Just as with the original Buddha, “Siddhartha continued living in the luxury of his palaces, he grew increasing restless and curious about the world beyond…

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