The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges, Bernie Glassman

By Jeff Bridges, Bernie Glassman

Zen grasp Bernie Glassman compares Jeff Bridges’s iconic position in The Big Lebowski to a Lamed-Vavnik: one of many males in Jewish mysticism who “are basic and unassuming, and so stable that, because of them, God we could the area pass on.” His blood brother Jeff places it in a different way. the beauty of the Dude, he says, is that he’d continually relatively hug it out than slug it out.

For greater than a decade, Academy Award–winning actor Jeff Bridges and his buddhist instructor, well known Roshi Bernie Glassman, were shut buddies. Inspiring and sometimes hilarious, The Dude and the Zen grasp captures their freewheeling discussion approximately lifestyles, laughter, and the films with a appeal and bonhomie that by no means fail to enlighten and entertain. Throughout,  their striking humanism reminds us of the significance of doing solid in a tricky global.

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A person's way of thinking, his brain program shaped since birth, can never change through its own actions. Self-generated thought can only reproduce itself, though it continually changes the guises of that self-production t~ imply novelty. Self-moving thought is always self-incriminating, tangling in its own web of rationale. This is what makes our life so infernally frustrating. We have, apparently, only our thought as our tool for getting along. And all of our thought, our "understanding," comprehension, plans, hopes, schemes, maneuvers, and "progress" seem, sooner or later, to turn to dust and ashes.

Muktananda's words seemed conventional enough in some ways, 23 24 The Genesis of Genius radical and improbable in others. He reiterates, in dozens of ways, that: "God dwells within you as You. " Equally, he balances this with: "See God in each other. " This inner-outer command summarized his position and one is likely to ask: So what's new? Actually, "worshiping your Self' sounds strenuously heretical to Western ears, even as that capitalized Self begins to take on definition. Ordinarily I would have been ill at ease over the naive, open, and unembellished truisms I heard, yet here the force seemed tied up in those phrases.

I could attribute the play experience to my long work on the subject, but the power-spot affair left me no place to hide. ) My rationale was bankrupt. I finally knew just how thoroughly I knew nothing, and I quit. I retreated to the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, where my friend, Robert Monroe (you should know his book, Journeys Out of the Body, Doubleday, 1971), kindly sold me a well-isolated parcel of land some two miles from the nearest road, telephone, or electric line. Here I built a house and, with my remaining family, settled down to a private quiet life of organic gardening and meditation.

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