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Buddhism the study of Buddhas principles has influenced everything in our lives from our beliefs and customs to our music TV and pop culture in general With such widespread influence its easy to understand why two of the most popular movies of today are a parallel of the core beliefs of Buddhists Both Fight Club and The Matrix are representations of Buddhism in our modern world Fight Club reflects the Buddhist principles on a self-based level It features beliefs such as death of self avoidance of sensual pleasures and minimalism Death of Self is easily the overbearing theme in Fight Club Quotes such as Only after disaster can we be resurrected Its only after youve lost everything that youre free to do anything Nothing is static everything is evolving Everything is falling apart detail the philosophy echoed by Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa The attainment of Nirvana enlightenment from the egos standpoint is extreme death the death of self the death of me and mine the death of the watcher It is the ultimate and final disappointment Another philosophy detailed in Fight Club is that of being misled by sensual pleasures Ed Norton says You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake You are the same decaying organic matter as everything elseYou are not your bank account You are not the clothes the wear You are not the contents of your wallet Jacobus agrees with this sentiment writing watch out for these enemies which cause so much evil and you should always control them ie your seeing hearing smelling tasting and touching Finally Fight Club and Buddhism parallel in the belief that materialism is a bond which must be broken for enlightenment to be achieved Fight Club emphasizes this by saying You have to give up You have to realize that someday you will die Until you know this you are useless Jacobus quite frank writes do not hanker after the glittering objects of this
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