Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman




In the Dude and the Zen Master, Jeff Bridges and Zen Master Bernie Glassman are having a series of conversations about Zen Buddhism using examples from the movie The Big Lebowski and their lives to illustrate and explain the concepts. If you enjoyed the movie, it will mean more to you, but you can enjoy the book without ever having seen the movie. The dude-isms are explained well enough. Oddly enough, I had more trouble following some of the acting examples than the examples from the Dude.

The book slowed down for a while towards the middle and hit some heavy concepts. I found it difficult to finish. Still overall, it was an interesting book with some lovely catch phrases and some great insights into zen. “The Dude Abides.” “That's just your opinion.” The latter meaning it's just your way of looking at things. And this review is just my opinion.  

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but I wasn't crazy about it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.