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June 19, 2011


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"I could be wrong but from what I know about Nietzsche, "Gegenstück" is not to be translated as counterpart but as opposite."
Gegenstück is best translated with match.

Concerning Buddhism notes in his Zarathustra (if there are any: A typical case of flawed 19th century understanding of Buddhism.

Concerning Antichrist: Amazing how Nietzsche describes Buddhism as hundred times cooler than christendom:
"Der Buddhismus, nochmals gesagt, ist hundertmal kälter, wahrhafter, objektiver. Er hat nicht mehr nötig, sich sein Leiden, seine Schmerzfähigkeit anständig zu machen durch die Interpretation der Sünde, - er sagt bloß, was er denkt, "ich leide"."

So Nietzsche's thoughts on Buddhism are contradicting (I was referring to Ecce Homo, his last book). Somehow this reminds me of the "kill the buddha" saying. :) Also it doesnt seem to me that he ridicules the Buddha in "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1998/1998-h/1998-h.htm (chapter LXVIII)

I too agree that experiencing the true substance of reality is much more important and exciting than our programmed, mundane habits. I only wanted to point out that maybe "the will to power" is close to the conept of "ekacitta" (perhaps as close as "the world of forms" is).
By the way, a great writer influenced both by mysticism and Nietzsche was Nikos Kazantzakis. I highly recommend this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saviors_of_God

Wandering Dude,

Nietzsche did not use the exact phrase "Anti-Buddha", but he wrote:

"ich könnte der Buddha Europas werden: was freilich ein Gegenstück zum indischen wäre"

"I could become the Buddha of Europe what would mean the opposite of the Indian Buddha.

- Nietzsche (Nachlass November 1882—Februar 1883)

I could be wrong but from what I know about Nietzsche, "Gegenstück" is not to be translated as counterpart but as opposite.

You should read the Antichrist. There Nietzsche called Buddhism nihilstic and decadent. See chapter 20+. Nietzsche wanted to overcome Nihilism with "The will to power" and "the reevaluation of all Values"

In "Thus spoke Zarathustra", Nietzsche ridicules Buddha, or to be exact the Mahásatipatthána Sutta according to wikipedia.

ps: English is also not my mother tongue so please forgive my bad english :)

This is a nice post, but I disagree with your interpretation of Nietzsche.

Nietzsche's view of life was all about transcending fictions (morality, religion, logic to name a few). All his thoughts were against the ethos of the modern world.

And he never called himself an anti-Buddha. On the contrary, he called Buddha "the profound physiologist", and said Buddhism is not a religion, but a "hygiene." Buddhist ideas are often reflected in his writings.

(English is not my native language, so I hope this post makes sense)

“it is possible to conceive of a reality that can be resolved into a plurality of fictions relative to multiple standpoints.”

I believe this is what he later called "Perspectivism". (there are no facts, only interpretations). To me it seems perspectivism is the same than the blind men´s view in the sutta.

Nietzsche believed in "eternal recurrence of the same", a view incompatible with the possibility to escape samsara. He even called himself not only an anti-christ but also an anti-Buddha

Pity Nietzsche who always argued against compassion and then huged are tortured horse`s neck out of compassion during his final breakdown.

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