Snowid wrote:Its hard to understand for me
so I ask You what you think about this guy?
Jikan wrote:On the topic of Zizek: his criticisms of Buddhism as practiced today are interesting if somewhat poorly formulated. That is, you have to accept the terms of his argument (I think he's an unreconstructed dialectical materialist riffing on Lacan, Hegel, and mass culture) BEFORE you can make sense of his argument, which... come to find out... is predicated in very selective sources (he leans heavily on B. Victoria's book Zen at War, for instance).
Anyway, Zizek's great fodder for a philosophy department, but probably not so helpful here at DW.
Knotty Veneer wrote:Attacking bourgeois western Buddhists is an easy target and his criticisms are not anything new to anyone in Buddhist circles in the West. We are all aware of its shortcomings. Materialist fundamentalists whether Marxist or New Atheist will never really understand anything they can't measure.
Alfredo wrote:His belief in the Loch Ness Monster (it's a naga), Bigfoot (it's a yaka), and UFO's (they're devas) is difficult to disentangle from traditional Buddhist folk belief. In other words, he's not THAT crazy, especially considering that his mother was a trance-channeler. Some of the conspiracy-theory topics mentioned above were actually topics due to be discussed at another group that he attends, and may not represent his personal views.
Alfredo wrote:Read his autobiography! http://www.theravada.ca/biography/
Anyone who puts that amount of youtube time into Alien Abductions, Kennedy assassination etc. kinda makes doubt that he knows sh*t about Buddhism (or indeed anything else).
In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the guy had a very mild case of autism.
Alfredo wrote:PorkChop wrote:In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the guy had a very mild case of autism.
If so, would that count as a mark against him?
When I was growing up, we didn't really have autism, Aspergers, etc. They hadn't started medicalizing geekiness yet.
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