To â€œknowâ€ rather than believing or wishing, not being afraid to examine anything and everything, including oneâ€™s own personal agenda is how one can truly believe in the Buddhist way. In the movie Little Buddha, two characters struggle to find meaning in their life and embark on a journey towards a new way, the middle way. In order to comprehend any given message one must examine and see firsthand. Siddhartha and Dean realized they had to embark on an individual journey in order to fully understand and feel a concept come alive. Only when they are able to see what is true, can then begin to genuinely understand anything. Until then, they have to suspend judgment and criticism and just observe. Dean and Siddhartha had to accomplish similar obstacles on their journey, to put aside preference in order to obtain an open mind, in order for them to have "awareness". Siddhartha experienced helplessness similar to Dean through demonstrating over devotion on their first journey in the search of meaning. In order to find the right â€œmiddleâ€ path and overcome their self-contained ways, they had to experience helplessness.
To live life through stories is not enough, one must take a journey to expose the self to diversity and begin the path towards the middle way. In the beginning of the movie, the importance of Jesseâ€™s important day seemed void to his father, Dean Conrad. His father held a negative view towards the Buddhist priests and their intrusion in his home. His concerns were devoted to his own worries and his friendâ€™s fear of bankruptcy. His hindered views affected his sonsâ€™ ability to experience another way of life, a â€œmythâ€ as Dean said. In parallel to Jesse, Siddhartha is prisoner to his dadâ€™s narcissistic views, unable to view the world outside his familiar city walls. You can see in the next scene that Jesseâ€™s father as well as Sidd