Examines how, when interpreted through the lens of Tantric Buddhism, the movie, "Fight Club," can be seen as the depiction of the path to enlightenment sought by Buddhists.
# 59946 | 834 words | 4 sources | APA | 2005 |
Published on Jul 10, 2005 in Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , Religion and Theology (Eastern) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)
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By applying a framework of Tantric Buddhism, the film, "Fight Club," can be interpreted as a modern-day story of the path to spiritual enlightenment. This interpretation gives the film a deeper underlying meaning that builds on and complements the surface interpretation of social commentary on Western consumerist culture. This paper shows that, with a Tantric Buddhist interpretation, "Fight Club" can be understood as a somewhat realistic portrayal of how a person caught up in samsara via Western consumerist culture can have a spiritual awakening leading to enlightenment, instead of simply being seen as an outlandish piece of fiction.
From the Paper:"Tantric Buddhism differs from orthodox or Mahayana Buddhism by its assertion that "enlightenment could be attained by means of the things of this world itself [...] involvement in some of the most impure forms of samsara - meat eating, wine drinking, sex." 2 This is the key to an interpretation of the film within a religious framework, because the two protagonists - Tyler Durden and the unnamed narrator - engage in many activities that would be seen as "impure" by traditional Buddhist standards, yet the narrator achieves a sort of enlightenment from his mindless corporate job and consumerist tendencies when led to these activities by Tyler."
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