The Dude and the Zen Master

The Dude and the Zen Master

by Jeff Bridges, Bernie Glassman

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The perfect gift for fans of The Big Lebowski, Jeff Bridges's "The Dude", and anyone who could use more Zen in their lives.

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.” Jeff puts it another way. “The wonderful thing about the Dude 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 and remarkable humanism in a book that reminds us of the importance of doing good in a difficult world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101600757
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 275,003
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeff Bridges is an Oscar-winning actor, performer, songwriter, and photographer. He is a cofounder of the End Hunger Network and is the national spokesman for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Bernie Glassman is a Zen master and the first dharma successor to Taizan Maezumi Roshi, founder of the Zen Center of Los Angeles. He is well known for integrating Zen practice with social, economic, and educational initiatives. He is also the author of Instructions to the Cook and Bearing Witness: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Making Peace.

Table of Contents

Introduction Jeff Bridges 1

Introduction Bernie Glassman 7

Just Throw the Fu**ing Ball, Man!

1 Sometimes You Eat the Bear, and Sometimes, Well, He Eats You 13

2 It's Down There Somewhere, Let Me Take Another Look 29

3 Dude, You're Being Very UnDude 47

The Dude Abides and the Dude is Not in

4 Yeah, Well, Ya Know, That's Just Like, uh, Your Opinion, Man 59

5 Phone's Ringin', Dude 77

6 New Sh** Has Come to Light 99

That Rug Really Tied the Room Together, Did It Not?

7 You Know, Dude, I Myself Dabbled in Pacifism at One Point. Not in 'Nam, Of Course 123

8 You Mean Coitus? 142

9 What Makes a Man, Mr. Lebowski? 159

10 What Do You Do, Mr. Lebowski? 173

11 Nothing's Fu**ed, Dude 187

Enjoyin' My Coffee

12 Sorry, I Wasn't Listening 215

13 Strikes and Gutters, Ups and Downs 231

14 Some Burgers, Some Beers, a Few Laughs. Our Fu**ing Troubles Are Over, Dude 245

15 Say, Friend, Ya Got Any More of That Good Sarsaparilla? 257

Acknowledgments 269

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Mr. Bridges and Mr. Glassman are likable, and smart, and interesting...[The Dude and the Zen Master] includes compelling discussions of Mr. Bridges’s marriage, acting technique and close relationship with his’ll always be grateful for the hang.”
The New York Times

“[The Dude and the Zen Master] is an odd and wonderful little work that makes use of the transcendentally funny characters and language of [The Big Lebowski] as the starting point for a relaxed philosophical discussion about a wide variety of topics.”Los Angeles Times

“[A] truly incredible book about two friends talking about the good life.”
—Huffington Post
“Whether he knows it or not, The Dude’s laissez-faire attitude has become a model for coping with life’s complexities...[in] The Dude and the Zen Master, one gets the impression he or she is eavesdropping on an intimate conversation...It’s more than chicken soup for the soul, [it’s] cacciatore for the spirit, a winner’s guide to optimal living—a manual on how to Dude-ify oneself and just abide, man.”
— (Cleveland)
The Dude and the Zen Master is an exercise in likeability....[Bridges] is in rare form here....To know the Dude (and, by extension, Bridges’ own meditational endgame) is to love him.”
—The Hairpin
“[A] good conversation between good friends...One of the unexpected treats of The Dude and the Zen Master is the insights into who Jeff Bridges is behind the Dude persona...touching remembrances of his parents, his reflections on life as a devoted family man, and his behind-the-scenes stories of movies he’s worked on [and] profound little Zen observations and insights sprinkled throughout the book.”
The Dudespaper
The Dude and the Zen Master doesn’t read like a traditional book at all—but rather riffs like a jam’ll feel as though you yourself sat in on the sessions with the dude behind the Dude in The Big Lebowski and Buddhist buddy, Bernie....And what’s so cool is that the two of them manage to address many of life’s profundities—relationships, politics, working, aging, living, dying—in this very funny and readable jam session.”
Rock Cellar Magazine

The Dude and the Zen Master [is] a wonderful book of conversations...about acting and Zen and the long, fond relationship between these men.”
—Sheila Heti, Financial Times

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The Dude and the Zen Master 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
overall....a pretty easy and good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Zombiedottie More than 1 year ago
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. 
CultFan More than 1 year ago
Being a long-time fan of The Dude (The Big Lebowski), we think it is great! J&J
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am intrigued by this book after watching a charlie rose interview yesterday. Cant wait to read it.
BhryanShenvi More than 1 year ago
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!!
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