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  • Self-Centeredness In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

    The existence of self-centeredness and the lack of evolution within the human spirit are not ideas unique to just this current generation, they have been occurring since the beginning of mankind. The novel Siddhartha follows a member of the Buddhist faith, Siddhartha as he searches for the best way to attain the spiritual bliss, Nirvana. Siddhartha begins his venture towards Nirvana with the notion that no one can teach him anything, he can only learn from the best tutor, himself. However, it…

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  • The River In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

    The most important aspect of this chapter was the setting which was the river. Siddhartha asked the ferryman if he could learn about the river as the ferryman’s apprentice. Vasudeva graciously accepted. Siddhartha was astounded by the ferryman’s profound ability to listen. The key to learning from the river, according to Vasudeva, was listening. The river taught the two men about life. Siddhartha learned to listen to the river, and his emotions continued to open up and embrace the world, without…

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  • Bhagavad Gita Meaning

    Brahman (2 meanings) 1- A concept found in the Vedas and Upanishads. A Sanskrit word for the ultimate reality/principle in the universe. 2- Top of a caste system which include priests. Bhagavad Gītā- A Hindu scripture written in Sanskrit. It is a part of the Mahabharata. The Bhagavad Gita is a story of Arjuna and the difficult decisions he has to make. Thus he is guided through them by Krishna. Buddha (word meaning and historical figure) The meaning of buddha is one who has been awakened…

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  • Dukkha Research Paper

    Dukkha means suffering from both the physical or the mental part of the body. Buddhists that follow the Buddhism way of life understand that suffering is part of life and the only way to end suffering is to understand the truth of dukkha through the four noble truths taught by the Buddha Dharma. Many people see suffering in a pessimistic way, but Buddhists see suffering in a more realistic point of view; neither pessimistic nor optimistic. They understand that every living thing will experience…

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  • The Power Of Language In Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse

    Whether it be chanting for a sacred ritual or eloquent discourse for business relation and even informal chat between two friends, the power of language is indisputable by all cultures in the world. The novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse aimed to change this classic view on the power of words and assert that, although language is invaluable for worldly affairs, when dealing with the forces of divinity and higher spiritual enlightenment, words lead to distortion of concepts. An overwhelming theme…

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  • The Importance Of Silence In Ghosh's 'Hungry Tide'

    Silence is an important aspect of the Hindu tradition. Silence is a preparation, a way of knowing oneself, and also of knowing the world, as is revealed in the tapashyaa(s) (meditation) of the muni(s) (sages). In fact, the word ‘muni’ has its origin in the Sanskrit word ‘mauna’, meaning silence, the maintenance of which is believed to inculcate power and knowledge, as opposed to speech that saps all energy. Silence, as a spiritual entity, is common both in the Buddhist philosophy and in the…

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  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Imagine

    I chose to compose my paper not on a film discourse or advertisement, but rather a tune composed by a legend, whom which his verses emerged to me for this assignment. Buddha once said,“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.” As a buddhist, we tend to imagine a beautiful world filled with peace and tranquility. John Lennon, the king who stands out amongst the most emotion filled tunes who makes his audience think,…

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  • Buddhism The Paradox Of Nirvana And Anatman

    An Exploration of Buddhism: The Paradox of Nirvana and Anatman According to Buddhist philosophy, there are three characteristics of existence. These are that all things are impermanent and constantly changing, that suffering is inevitable and constant and the concept of anatman, or that there is no lasting self. This may seem to be a pessimistic view; however, Buddhism allows for the liberation of this endless suffering known as duhka. Through the unwavering following of the Eightfold Path one…

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  • Video Essay: The Reflecting Pool

    Video Essay: Comparing Uncle Boon Mee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and The Reflecting Pool Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives produced and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and The Reflecting Pool by Bill Viola are both art films that address on the subject of reincarnation or rebirth. The former is a narrative film whereas the latter is an art video. The Reflecting Pool, a 7-minute art video by Bill Viola, is influenced by his interest in Western and Eastern art,…

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  • Mauni Amavasya Silence Essay

    The quest for Oneness has attracted many a seeker on the path of contemplation through the practice of silence. J Krishnamurti often said: "The mind that enters itself goes on a long pilgrimage from which there is no return." Silence was the defining characteristic of both Mahavira and Buddha's search for meaning — one observed silence for 12 years on his chosen path and the other was exemplified as the silent sage, Sakyamuni, "the silent one of the Sakya tribe". Apart from its religious import…

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