Little Buddha: Beliefs of Buddhism

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Jessie Conrad was a simple, ordinary boy who lived in Seattle. However, his whole life changed after a visit by Tibetan Monks. The leader of these monks was Lama Norbu. He taught Jessie the fundamental ideas of Buddhism. Lama Norbu wants to bring Jessie to Tibet, but his parents feel that is an absurd idea at first. Their final decision however, was to allow him to go and see if he was the reincarnation of Lama Dorje. There, they find out that he was one of three reincarnations of Lama Dorje. Each child represented a different aspect of the Lama; speech, mind, and body. Throughout their whole journey and quest in finding the reincarnation of Lama Dorje, Lama Norbu taught Jessie many concepts and beliefs of Buddhism and therefore makes him prominent figure.

To help teach Jessie about Buddhism, Lama Norbu told him about the story of the Buddha.

He told him the story of how Prince Siddhartha became the Buddha. A specific example of Lama Norbu's teachings to Jessie is the well-known story about the Four Gates. His father, King Suddhodana, tries shielding him from all the unpleasant aspects of life, such as elderly, sick or dying people. Gradually however, Siddhartha begins to get curious about the world outside and one-day, sneaks outside the palace gate. There, he saw a man crippled with age, another who was very sick, and a dead man. The story of Buddha is essential to Buddhism, as Buddhism revolves around the Buddha's teachings.

In addition, the Lama taught Jessie the concept of reincarnation. He does this almost indirectly because he was searching for the reincarnation of his teacher Lama Dorje. He thought Jessie could be the reincarnation of his teacher, but was not sure. But, Lama Norbu had to explain to...