The Dude and the Zen Master

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 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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Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780399161643
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 BRI
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Glassman, Bernard (Bernard Tetsugen)

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neko Feb 08, 2017

The Dude relates :). This is an exceptional book.

MaxineML Feb 19, 2014

This is an easy read, set out in conversational format between Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman. It is a really nice overview and discussion of Buddhism, mindfulness in life, and zen. It's so interesting to see the "real" Jeff Bridges - the man behind all of his characters - especially as to how he relates to his roles. Especially that of The Big Lebowski. So many people now conflate the two - the character of The Dude and Jeff Bridges. It's funny how not like The Dude he is!

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Xambro7
Aug 02, 2013

Some good insights, but in the middle of all this enlightenment thought Bridges mentions his friend who is a hunter. Someone who kills for enjoyment. At that point I had to bail.

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nelliot
Apr 06, 2013

Jeff Bridges doesn't answer all his fan mail - he feels bad about it. Jeff Bridges once got into a disagreement with his hair stylist - he couldn't relax all weekend. I want to be Jeff Bridges.

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moonmartini
Mar 16, 2013

Disappointing book.
Follows the disjointed conversation between Jeff Bridges and his friend, zen master, Bernie Glassman that revolves around Buddhism and somehow tries to weave the character, The Dude, in the film "The Big Lewbowski" into the mix.
I found it rather boring and found Bernie to be rather pretentious. I vote for skipping this book and reading something else about Zen Buddhism.

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