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Siddhartha Your gonna be a genius anyway Phish Mango Song Throughout the literary world true stories are turned into fiction The story of Siddhartha the Buddha is no different Hermann Hesses novel Siddhartha fictionalized one of the most influential persons the world has ever known Hesse did a masterful job of separating core facts of the great Buddhas life from a great story The Buddha had many core teachings that he felt necessary for all individuals to live by though in strong language the Buddha did warn his followers against mere book learning Nht Hanh 111 Again Hesse does a wonderful job on keeping the ideals of Buddha in mind by describing Siddhartha as the type to take from the teachings of others but acknowledge the fact that he must learn on his own The novel presents through the life of Siddhartha and the core teachings of Buddhism Ethical Conduct wisdom and mental discipline are the subdivisions of Buddhisms Noble Eightfold Path and their blue prints are laid in Hesses novel 110 Ethical conduct is based on love and compassion 112 Siddhartha also came to a life of love and compassion Right speech right action and right livelihood are achieved through love and compassion 112 Right speech includes abstaining from numerous types of slanderous and essentially useless speech Siddhartha presents this ideal through his reserved personality and kind nature Siddhartha wrote to Kamaswami Cleverness is good but patience is better in few words Siddhartha was able to establish himself a reputation with Kamaswami Hesse 65 Right action also demonstrates love and compassion in that without a course of action that is good and pure one cannot achieve good ethics Siddhartha in many ways demonstrates this ideal Siddhartha leads the life a businessman indulging himself in sensual pleasures but he reaches a point where these pleasures can no longer sustain his need to learn more At this point Siddhartha knew that the game was finished that
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