The Dude and the Zen Master

Bridges, Jeff

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Dude and the Zen Master
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.

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


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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!

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.

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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