Ready for “The Dude and the Zen Master”?

It was announced today that Jeff Bridgesa.k.a. The Dude, or His Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing — will be releasing a book called The Dude and the Zen Master, which Entertainment Weekly reports will explore “the meaning of life, laughter, the movies and trying to do good in a difficult world.”

This is not merely interesting news for fans of The Big Lebowski, the 1998 film in which The Dude first peered over his glasses. I think it’s going to be the somewhat surprising case that a good number of Buddhists, specifically, are going to be all over this — much like Groundhog Day, the film has become a sort of entertainment cause celebre for more than a handful of dharma practitioners. (It seems crazy to me how many dharma-friends love this movie!*) And being that Bridges gets on famously with the American Zen teacher Bernie Glassman, and that the book will be a work of co-authorship between the two, I think we can expect something special. In the meantime, here are more details about The Dude and the Zen Master, by way of Entertainment Weekly.

* If you’re a friend of The Dude, feel free to let us know why in the comments here.

See also: Jeff Bridges joins Bernie Glassman in saying “Let all eat” (Video), and: Video: Jeff Bridges on the Buddhist influence in “Tron: Legacy”; More on the Tron/Dharma connection


  1. bigchieftablet says

    "If you’re a friend of The Dude, feel free to let us know why in the comments here."

    Well, sometimes there's a man–I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?–but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about the Dude here–sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there–and that's the Dude, in Los Angeles.