O writes about Fight Club and Buddhism:
Not many people have realised,
but the story of 'Fight Club' is complimented by buddhist beliefs and
other philosophical ideas related to the path to enlightenment. I truly
believe that the writer of 'Fight Club' found inspiration through buddhism
or perhaps some other form of philosophy or religion.
Aaron writes, "I really haven't studied Buddhism in great detail but I do know the big differences in some of the different countries. I know Zen is more individuality and attaining Nirvana through several years of meditations. Like I said why it may be Tibetan is because of the part at the Cancer portion when the Narrator confronts Marla on her "Tourism." I think I don't need to type it since you have seen it numerous times I am sure. It was the statement that "We are all dying" a Tibetan philosophical statement that everyday is a day of dying. To Tyler it was a different twist he thought to "hit bottom" we all must realize that we are dying whether you have ascending bowel cancer or just aging and living your life. To Tyler it didn't matter let it slide, that is how you attain Nirvana."
Tyler Durden (no, not that one... at least I don't think) also compares Fight Club to Buddhism: "Did anyone notice that there are eight rules of Fight Club. The basics of Buddist philosophy are defined in the eightfold path to enlightenment. I do not think this is a conincidence. The following I have taken from an internet resource on the teachings of buddism:
"Most people have heard of nirvana. It has become equated with a sort of eastern version of heaven. Actually, nirvana simply means cessation. It is the cessation of passion, aggression and ignorance; the cessation of the struggle to prove our existence to the world, to survive. One doesn't have to struggle to survive after all. One has already survived. One is surviving now, and the struggle was just an extra complication that one has added to one's life because one lost confidence in the way things are. One no longer needs to manipulate things as they are into things as one would like them to be.
I think the plot of Fight Club is rent with similar themes. That is why I think the 8 rules of Fight Club are an allusion to the eightfold path to enlightenment of Buddism."
Chris writes, "...on a recent flight, flipping through the magazines they provide to you, I found an article on zen [B]uddhism. It turns out that, as best as I can remember, in order to become a zen [B]uddhist you must wait outside the gates for [three] days with no food or water receiving what seems like indifference and neglect making it look like you'd never get in. After that if you pass they let you into their temple. Sound like a scene from [F]ight [C]lub? I thought so. It's [ties] to [B]uddhism are obvious. The [readings] I've done from spiritual [T]ibeten literatures make it apparent that some [of F]ight [C]lub's [metaphors] stem from traditional [B]uddhist philosophy -- redone into sort of an in your face [millennium] edition."
A. Grey adds, "I also feel the movie has many ties with Hinduism. It's a well known fact that Buddhism is used in the movie but Hinduism has extremely close relations to Buddhism. The whole aspect of shaving the head is a ver important component in Hinduism. Boys, around the age of 3 or 4 always get their heads shaved, which symbolizes the release from Karma that was accumulated from the life before. Tyler shaves his head near the end of the movie and gets members of Project Mayhem to do the same."
A. Grey went on to write a full essay on Fight Club and Hinduism. This essay was the winner of Slide's writing contest.
movie Fight Club describes several themes through the dialogue and
acting. The idea of Generation X and the idea of Male vs. Female is
depicted quite well by both the narrator and Tyler. But the most prominent
theme is religion and more specificallt Hinduism. Some may argue that
the main religion that the movie focuses on is Buddhism, but they
must remember that Buddhism originated from Hinduism. Buddha was in
fact born a Hindu, and more specifically a Kashatriya (warrior class).
Kashatriya is the second highest class behind Brahmin, which are priests
and intelects. In the movie, Tyler seems vengeful towards the Brahmin
class, which may include people with education and thus, higher paying