Saturday, June 12, 2010

Siddhartha, 1922 Herman Hesse, addendem

I should mention, Hesse seemed to have no great interest in the workings or Dogma of Buddhism. In fact, in the book, Siddhartha rejects Gotamas "teachings" as the path to enlightenment. None of the Hindu or Buddhist Gods are mentioned, nor the 4 noble truths, or the 8 way path, the middle way of moderation or any of the religious elements of the religions. Reincarnation is central but is stipulated as factual. Mostly, we are led done of path of self actualization, independent of religions or God.

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