Day 3

Siddhartha Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    Why couldn't Siddhartha rely on his spiritual understandings to get through challenges in the ordinary world?

    Strong answers will explain that the lessons of self-denial, even if helpful, could not be retained in a world of self-gratification. They will observe that when Siddhartha originally joined the world of ordinary life, he did so as if it were a game to play. They will explain how he took part in the rules of that game, and that the more superior he thought he was to others, and the more detached he was from things, the worse he was at it. They will explain that as he became better at the work of a merchant, it was hard to remain removed from the emotions (such as...

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