Mindful Film Night – July – ‘The Big Lebowski’

The Dude might seem lazy, but he’s just focused. Some fans theorize he’s a zen master. He isn’t employed and doesn’t want to be; he wears a ratty bathrobe all day because it’s comfortable. He likes bowling, weed, and White Russians. While some would see him as a slob, others see it as an example of single-minded spiritual focus. He avoids distractions and disruptions in order to direct all his energy to a single goal .Siddhartha Gautama meditated his way to enlightenment; the Dude wants to bowl his way to the championships. It’s not quite the same thing, but it’s a start. The whole movie turns on a case of mistaken identity. The Dude is pursuing another man with the same given name, Jeff Lebowski. The other Lebowski is like the Dude’s shadow. He finished college and made money. Instead of following the materialistic path of his namesake, he has chosen a life of streamlined simplicity, and his chosen name reflects his deliberately cultivated laid-back attitude. The Dude is supremely unruffled by the chaos around him. Everyone wants something from the Dude; all the Dude wants is to get his rug back. He begins by just looking for a rug but ends up dragged into a chaotic plot, culminating in the temptation to take a chunk of ransom money: this echoes the Buddhist principle of Samudhaya, which states that desire can only lead to suffering. By trying to get his rug back, the Dude lays himself open to avarice, which never affected him before. The movie also takes gentle digs at organized religion, from the Dude’s bowling rival Jesus to his team-mate’s conversion to Judaism. Interestingly, Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is now a practicing Buddhist and has written a book about his spiritual journey, The Dude and the Zen Master, with Bernie Glassman, a real zen master.

Hosted by Scot

Suggested donation £5

Doors open at 6 for a 6.30 Start


Dates and Times

Saturday, 29th July, 2017

Times: 6:00 pm-9:30 pm

The event is free but donations on the day are welcome.

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