"Fight Club" Film Review by LisaLove

"Fight Club"
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 | US

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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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