The Dude and the Zen Master

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The New York Times bestseller from Academy award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Zen leader and author of Bearing Witness, Bernie Glassman.
 
Zen master Bernie Glassman compares Jeff Bridges’s iconic role in The Big Lebowski to a Lamed-Vavnik: one of the men in Jewish mysticism who “are simple and unassuming, and so good that, on account of them, God lets the world go ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller from Academy award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Zen leader and author of Bearing Witness, Bernie Glassman.
 
Zen master Bernie Glassman compares Jeff Bridges’s iconic role in The Big Lebowski to a Lamed-Vavnik: one of the men in Jewish mysticism who “are simple and unassuming, and so good that, on account of them, God lets the world go on.” His buddy Jeff puts it another way. The wonderful thing about the Dude, he says, is that he’d always rather hug it out than slug it out.
 
For more than a decade, Academy Award–winning actor Jeff Bridges and his buddhist teacher, renowned Roshi Bernie Glassman, have been close friends. Inspiring and often hilarious, The Dude and the Zen Master captures their freewheeling dialogue about life, laughter, and the movies with a charm and bonhomie that never fail to enlighten and entertain. Throughout,  their remarkable humanism reminds us of the importance of doing good in a difficult world.

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"The dude" of the title is Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges' "the Zen master" is Bernie Glassman, the Buddhist mentor who changed Bridges' life. This inspiriting book consists of their dialogues about the life lessons they share.

The New York Times - Mark Oppenheimer
…this meandering exchange is likable because Mr. Bridges and Mr. Glassman are likable, and smart, and interesting…
Publishers Weekly
Actor Bridges engages in a philosophical dialogue with friend and Zen master Glassman, an aeronautical engineer and mathematician in his early years, for an easy, fun read that poses some serious questions. The presentation is light-hearted and analogies are frequent; in discussing a fear of taking action, Glassman invokes "Joe, the centipede with a hundred legs, trying to figure out which leg to move first." Later, Glassman recommends a musical approach to dealing with change: "Bear witness to the voices and the instruments-whether it's a jazz band or life-and then move with them, flow with them, because in life you're always in a band and you're always swinging." The Zen influence means a lot of nature imagery, with "Leaves turning, flowers popping open, rain falling on a leaf," but it's not cheap spirituality. Both men are involved in programs to promote peace and defeat hunger and they share stories of community artists, Holocaust survivors, and even Bridges's long-time stand-in. Recognizing that frustration results from expectations, they say, "Work with whatever you have and make something beautiful." Lest it all get too lofty, Glassman recalls his judo master's advice: "When you get into trouble, the best judo defense is to run."
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A rambling conversation on all things Zen between the mystic-minded movie star and his spiritual teacher. As the title suggests, this book targets (and might most please) the ardent cult attracted to The Big Lebowski, the movie that gave Bridges (Pictures, 2006) his iconic role. He explains of the book's genesis, "So…my friend Bernie Glassman says to me one day, ‘Did you know that the Dude in The Big Lebowski is considered by many Buddhists to be a Zen master?' " The two proceed to explore one of the movie's signature lines, "The Dude abides," from every possible perspective, punctuated by anecdotes from Bridges' film career and personal life and spiritual sagacity from Glassman (Infinite Circle: Teachings in Zen, 2002, etc.). Perhaps the most revelatory is a close reading of "Row, Row, Row, Your Boat," where even readers who have heard it thousands of times before will understand "gently," "merrily" and "life is but a dream" with fresh ears. Some of the rest belabors the obvious, suffers from cliché and hippie vernacular, and even borders on self-parody. When Bridges talks about fan letters, most of which he doesn't answer and then occasionally feels guilty, Glassman advises, "You need to befriend Jeff. It's got nothing to do with the letters. You've got to befriend the fact that Jeff can only do so much….The Dude does not get angry with himself for all the things he's not doing. He befriends the self." Bridges makes it a point to distinguish himself from that role, though sometimes he wishes he could be more like the Dude. He writes things like, "Dig is beyond understand. I like digging where I am and what I'm doing, I like jamming with myself." May lead readers to plenty of better introductions to Zen. You dig?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399161643
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 626,278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges is an Oscar-winning actor, performer, songwriter, and photographer. He is a cofounder of the End Hunger Network and the national spokesman for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
 
Bernie Glassman founded the Zen Community of New York, which later became Zen Peacemakers, an international order of social activists. A longtime Zen teacher, he also founded the Greyston Mandala, a network of for-profits and not-for-profits creating jobs, housing, and programs to support individuals and their families on the path to self-sufficiency.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Pbs interview


    I am intrigued by this book after watching a charlie rose interview yesterday. Cant wait to read it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Just got the book today. It offers an interesting perspective on

    Just got the book today. It offers an interesting perspective on things, and I love it so far. Definitely can't wait to read the rest!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    pretty good read....

    overall....a pretty easy and good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

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    Feathersong you forgot lavender

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    Posted November 18, 2013

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    Sure. Just incase i am not on sometimws remember cobwebs for bleeding. Poppy for pain d to help for sleep. Marigold you shoul ways put on a fresh gash or wound befor cobwbes. Honey helps plaster the cobwebson and hps ssothe throat. Catmint oor green cough. Make mixtur of catmint water mint an honey for a cough remedee. Deathberries help put ct out of it's missery. Never touch as then do not wash paw ever! These red berries are very fatal! Jyniper is goo for belly ah and helps brething. Coltsfoot help with a cat struggling to breathe. Watermint i great for coughs and is in a cough syrum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Excellent easy to read introduction to Zen Buddism.

    The book is a discussion fortmat between Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman. The discussion centers around some
    of the memorable phrases and sayings of the characters in the movie The Big Lebowski. The two of them apply those sayings to some of the teachings and philosophies of Zen Buddism. Funny and entertaining, but also gets u thinking on how you live your life and relationship to others. About 150 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Highly Recommended!

    I loved this book, although it's more of a dialogue than what I expected. The story is just a conversation between the two "dudes" about "the dude" and how he relates to the ideas of zen buddhism. If enlightenment is an interest of yours then you have to read this book, it's a really down to earth look at different belief systems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    The way it should be

    This book is greatness everyone should read this book i bought a copy for all my friends it helps you to relise what people have forgotten a long time ago simple things be nice help people live life fully dont be a dick if you can hep it the dude abides that is my lifes mantra what ever happems happens cant let it drag your attitude through the mud.



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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. It makes you think, I know I've chan

    I really enjoyed this book. It makes you think, I know I've changed my flow of thought because of it. I really, really loved it. I read it slowly to savor the message. You can't go wrong reading this. 

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Being a long-time fan of The Dude (The Big Lebowski), we think i

    Being a long-time fan of The Dude (The Big Lebowski), we think it is great! J&J

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