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The Dude and the Zen Master

Bridges, Jeff (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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A dialogue between the actor and his long-time spiritual guru explores the challenges of Bridges' Hollywood career and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.
Authors: Bridges, Jeff, 1949-
Title: The Dude and the Zen master
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012.
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm.
Contents: Just throw the fu**ing ball, man! Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you ; It's down there somewhere, let me take another look ; Dude, you're being very unDude
The Dude abides and the Dude is not in. Yeah, well, ya know, that's just like, uh, your opinion, man ; Phone's ringin', Dude ; New sh** has come to light
That rug really tied the room together, did it not? You know, Dude, I myself dabbled in pacifism at one point. Not in 'Nam, of course ; You mean coitus? ; What makes a man, Mr. Lebowski? ; What do you do, Mr. Lebowski? ; Nothing's fu**ed, Dude
Enjoyin' my coffee. Sorry, I wasn't listening ; Strikes and gutters, ups and downs ; Some burgers, some beers, a few laughs. Our fu**ing troubles are over, Dude ; Say, friend, ya got any more of that good sarsaparilla?
Summary: A dialogue between the actor and his long-time spiritual guru explores the challenges of Bridges' Hollywood career and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.
Local Note: 1 15 18 35 53 57 60 69 76 79 80 109 112 122 133 138 148 149 150 151 152 159 160 173 175 203 216 222 228 231 242 243 244 245 250 274 276
Additional Contributors: Glassman, Bernard - (Bernard Tetsugen)
ISBN: 9780399161643
0399161643
Statement of Responsibility: Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman
Subject Headings: Big Lebowski (Motion picture) Philosophy in motion pictures. Zen Buddhism Doctrines. Conduct of life.
Topical Term: Philosophy in motion pictures.
Zen Buddhism
Conduct of life.
LCCN: 2012037782
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Feb 28, 2014
  • MaxineML rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

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.

Apr 06, 2013
  • nelliot rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 16, 2013
  • moonmartini rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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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