Siddhartha Research Paper

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Shao-Yu (Timothy) Chang ANS 301R Professor Joel P Brereton October 11, 2014 In Buddha’s teaching, there are four noble truths of duhkha: suffering, arising of suffering, stopping of suffering, and the path to stopping of suffering. Especially in the first noble truth, suffering, Buddha believes that birth is suffering, old age is suffering, sickness is suffering, and death is suffering. Mother suffers from the pain when she gives birth to her child. People suffer from old age because it is unpleasant to lose their youth. Patients suffer from sickness because they are physically ill. However, how can someone actually feel the suffering of death? Death is suffering because although the person who died can’t really suffer mentally or physically…show more content…
Queen Maya’s death was suffering because not only the young Siddhartha needed to adapt a childhood without his mother, Maya’s sister also had to give up her life to assist Siddhartha becoming a grown man. Siddhartha became a symbol of superhuman because his birth and existence brought prosperity to the kingdom. However, “when queen Maya saw the immense majesty of her son, comparable that of a divine seer,
 she could not bear the joy it caused;
 so she departed to dwell in heaven” (Canto 2.18). Before Maya’s death, the life of Siddhartha had been perfect. The king even named the prince as Siddhartha to celebrate his universal accomplishment. However, the joy overwhelmed queen Maya and she abandoned Siddhartha and left him to face the future without a…show more content…
As Siddhartha requested his father for a exploratory trip outside of his luxury life, he discovered that “clumps of grass dug up by the plow littered the earth, covered with small dead creatures, insects and worms; as he beheld the earth with all these strewn about,
he grieved greatly, as if a kinsman had been killed” (Canto 5.05). Siddhartha was suffering because he saw grass and creatures dying from farmers plowing the field. Farmers had a duty of growing crops and food for the country and supporting the people away from starving. However, it was a completely different view to Siddhartha. In order to produce more crops through out the season, it was important to remove all harmful substances that could possibly slow down the production. Insects were the common enemy to the farmers because they tended to give their offspring on the crops. When it was time for the eggs to incubate, baby insects could eat the crops and grew in farmers’ field without any concern of lacking food. Farmers were never happy to see that happen through out the crop-producing season. The best way that the farmers could do is to remove those insects by killing them. In Siddhartha’s view, he was suffering from the death of the insects because those insects died from human being’s greed to grow crops. Nature has a law

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