To "know rather than believing or wishing, not being afraid to examine anything and everything, including one'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 "middle path and overcome their self-contained ways, they had to experience helplessness.
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