Slavoj zizek's critique of western buddhism
Author: Møllgaard, Eske
Source: Contemporary Buddhism, Volume 9, Number 2, November 2008 , pp. 167-180(14)
Abstract:Slavoj Zizek's incisive critique of western Buddhism raises the following questions: Is western Buddhism the paradigmatic ideology of late capitalism? Is Buddhism nihilistic absorption in nothingness? Does Buddhism negate the Real together with the imaginary? Is Buddhist metaphysics violent? The essay considers these questions and asks if western Buddhism, contrary to what Zizek argues, may become an antidote to the nihilism that pervades late capitalist societies.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2008-11-01