Analysis Of Dharma Bums

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It was Ray’s last day at the peak and he could see stormy weather approaching. He suddenly feels free and like nothing matters. He sees a rainbow which inspires him and describes the mountain top, then thanks God and prays for everyone. Section 1: Vocab- Koan- a nonsensical or paradoxical question to a student for which an answer is demanded. Devout- expressing devotion or piety Forlorn- lonely, sad; forsaken Apocalyptical- of or like and apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy Ephemeral- lasting a very short time; short lived Summary- In this chapter of Dharma Bums, many characters are introduced. For instance, the main character Ray smith, along with Japhy, Coughlin and Alvah. This section is mostly focused on the character Japhy who is an oriental scholar. Many times through transitions when Ray is encountering his friends, the time is unknown. Japhy is described as calm and melancholy. Questions- Why does the writer add random dash marks in the middle of certain words? -The author uses the dash marks to add emphasis to the words or to make sure the reader is paying close attention. How is Japhy's translations connected or related to the earth and ground? -In Siddhartha the river or the nature that surrounds everyone is related to the mountain that Japhy is talking about which is connected to peace through spiritual settings. What was Ray Smith’s previous goal in life before het met Japhy Ryder? - Ray’s goal was to devote himself completely to his religion and practice it’s ways to perfection; to gain good merit (Karma/Dharma) in order to become a Buddha or hero in paradise. What is the significance of the line from the Diamond Sutra? -The line for the Diamond Sutra states: People should practice charity regularl... ... middle of paper ... ...m all the materialism in the world. Being apart from all of the materialistic needs helped him focus and relax his mind to what was needed to be focused on which was to reach enlightenment and inner peace. What does Ray learn from the mountain? -He learns to separate himself from worldly things and to speak to the mountain. He learns this through Japhy’s guidance and the Desolation. He reminds himself to be innocent and to have a simple mind, meaning to differ from right and wrong. He thanked God for what was created and for taking care of everyone. Why does both Siddhartha and Dharma Bums talk about how time is limitless? -In both readings, time is thought to represent suffering. For instance, the more time spent on thinking or doing wrong, the more you will suffer. No time means no suffering. In the end, everything, including life cycles through a hoop of time.

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