Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Walk

Who was this Siddhartha Guatama anyway?

Today we discussed his life story - focusing on his being brought up as a sheltered Prince, and the walk he took when he realized there was suffering in the world.

We looked at where Nepal is in relation to Indiana.

In most classes we also discussed some concepts of Buddhism such as The Middle Path (or Middle Way), The Four Noble Truths, and enlightenment.

In order to get the extra credit for reading and discussing today's blog, discuss the following questions with an adult. 

1.  Why was Siddhartha affected so much by what he saw on his walk?
2.  What did he see?
3.  Was the King wrong in sheltering his son?
4.  What does the term "enlightenment" mean?

Once you have discussed the questions, write a the following on a scrap of paper: "Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread."  Put your name on the paper, and have the adult you discussed it with sign it.

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