It’s fiction time!
April’s book is a little bit different from the books we’ve recommended so far, and since we want to explore many different aspects of literature about mindfulness and the dharma – here it is! Written by Nobel Prize winner Herman Hesse, this month, InsightLA instructor Mark Miller has recommended Siddhartha.
“In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life — the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.”
Mark likes this book because “Siddhartha is a wonderful alternative enlightenment story set at the same time as the Buddha. In fact the main character meets the historical Buddha during the course of the story.”
We’re really intrigued by the concepts in this book – and if you’re looking for other great fiction reads about Buddhism, please let us know!
Enjoy, and remember to share your comments with us!