The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges

73%

7 Critic Reviews

...an easy, fun read that poses some serious questions.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

“[A] truly incredible book about two friends talking about the good life.” —Huffington Post

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.
 

About Jeff Bridges

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JEFF BRIDGES is an Oscar-winning actor, performer, and songwriter.BERNIE GLASSMAN is the abbot of the Zen Community of New York and the Zen Center of Los Angeles. A former aerospace engineer, he holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from UCLA. Glassman is founder of the Greyston Bakery and co-founder of Zen Peacemakers, an international order of social activists.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Plume. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Dude and the Zen Master
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 02 2012

May lead readers to plenty of better introductions to Zen. You dig?

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Mark Oppenheimer on Jan 06 2013

Within a few years you’ll realize that half of what he said was totally bogus. But the other half will stick with you, and it may even change you.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 28 2013

...an easy, fun read that poses some serious questions.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Roche on Jan 24 2013

It’s more than chicken soup for the soul...it’s cacciatore for the spirit, a winner’s guide to optimal living...

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Vinton McCabe on Jan 08 2013

...seems churlish at best and at worst downright un-Dude.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Phil Dyess-Nugent on Jan 07 2013

...whenever the conversation threatens to get interesting, it soon relapses into the authors comparing notes on how bad they feel about not being able to respond to all their fan mail...This book reads as if Bridges’ tan wrote it.

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Spirituality & Practice

Good
Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat on Mar 25 2014

The Dude and the Zen Master is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as these two entertaining men practice "plorking" (a combination of play and working).

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