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The Huge Lebowski And The Eightfold Path To Enlightenment

Formerly, I blogged about 4 Spiritual Lessons from the Big Lebowski: Abiding in Dudeism, and described a little bit of my journey.

I used the Coen brothers’ cult classic, The Big Lebowski, and the religious beliefs surrounding it, Dudeism, as a parable to state on the Four Noble Realities.

If the journey ended there, things would be a bit easier, however the Eightfold Course to Knowledge can also be brightened by using parallels from the life of the Dude.

To examine, the film features “The Guy,” a person named Jeff Lebowski who is incorrect for an obviously much wealthier guy, also named Jeff Lebowski.

This causes the Guy’s rug to be very first soiled upon, then taken, introducing a series of events including a supposed kidnapping, fraud, an encounter with nihilists, and numerous bowling-related occurrences.

The film stars Jeff Bridges as the Dude, John Goodman as Walter, and Steve Buscemi as Donny.

The 3 attempt to recuperate the Man’s rug, which ends up being a lot more difficult than it at first appears, as “new information comes to light.”

Throughout the story, the 3 buddies show numerous lessons we can learn from.

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The Wisdom Path: Understanding Things as They Are

Initially, things are very confusing.

The Man’s head is forced into a toilet, and two guys demand money owed by his spouse for betting debts.

Because he is not even wed, this leads him to try to understand things as they are, or pursue a path of wisdom.

To do so, he should achieve ideal view and pursue right intention, to provide him with a sense of direction.

Right View

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  • Everything’s Digital Now, Man. Nothing illustrates better that absolutely nothing is irreversible than Jackie Treehorn, a porn producer who regrets huge changes in his industry. Failure to accept this impermanence leads to suffering.
  • That Rug Really Connected the Space Together. Due to the fact that the Man can not get his rug back, he is suffering. He even traverses the five phases of grief: rejection, anger, bargaining, anxiety, and acceptance throughout the movie. Suffering can also include birth, aging, illness, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and anguish. Longing for things you can not have, or craving to control things beyond your control, is the underlying reason for suffering.
  • Right Intent

    “Don’t take life so darn serious.”

    The Man makes the decision to pursue modification for the better by abandoning wrong or immoral qualities and desiring harmlessness.

    His struggle to follow this intention enables him to progress on his journey throughout the movie.

    Ethical Conduct

    For the Guy to concentrate effectively, he needs to avoid incorrect deeds and words.

    This conduct helps the filtration of his mind, permitting him to better understand the world around him.

    Right Speech

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  • not just about cussing. It really indicates the Dude must: Desert Incorrect Speech. Walter, talking to Larry, who took the Man’s automobile, declares,” We understand this is your homework, Larry. Now where’s the damn cash?” On the course to ideal speech, Larry would have simply informed the reality.
  • Desert Divisive Speech. Even when another bowler, Stony, was “over the line” Walter ought to have treated him with a little bit more regard rather that “flashing a piece out on the lanes” until he marked the frame no. This scene highlighted the opposite of knowledge.
  • Desert Abusive Speech. Even if another bowler, Jesus Quintana, does not share Walter’s religions, he needs to not have actually called him names in Spanish. In Buddhism, practitioners can hold all kinds of beliefs while practicing. A Dude should prevent all abusive speech, not simply name-calling.
  • Desert Idle Chatter. When Donny often finds himself out of his aspect in a conversation, he should simply follow Walter’s advice and shut up. Chatter that is pointless must be avoided.
  • Right Action

    Right action involves taking just actions that will not cause harm to others or be perceived as corrupt.

    When Bunny, spouse of the non-Dude Lebowski, ran (“She probably kidnapped herself, guy”) she showed wrong actions.

    But so did Mr. Lebowski in his attempt to utilize the Guy and take advantage of the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (happy we are of all of them). The Guy, in his own method, attempted to guide them both towards best action.

    Right Livelihood

    Even if, like the Dude, you are “between professions at the minute,” there are careers that ought to be prevented on the path to enlightenment.

    • Trading in weapons or instruments for killing, a Dude may end up assisting the nihilists, who believe in absolutely nothing and keep amphibious rodents as animals inside city limitations.
    • Trading in people, such as slave trade, prostitution, or pornography. Jackie Treehorn is a porn manufacturer, really un-Dude, and not really enlightened at all.
    • Trading in meat, like handling bodies after they are killed or raising animals for massacre.
    • Buying or selling intoxicants or addictive drugs. While Gary is a fantastic bartender, to be more informed, he should stay with serving a terrific sarsaparilla.
    • Purchasing, selling, or creating poison. The Dude is simply waiting for a profession that can’t be viewed as corrupt or harmful to any living being. Being a roadie for Metallica qualified, although he gave up, since those people can be real jerks, male.

    Psychological Discipline

    The Guy utilizes a rigorous routine of diet and workout to keep his mind limber. While in his case this is helped by alcohol and drugs (not the most informed part of the motion picture), psychological discipline definitely contributes in his course.

    Right Effort

    Relax, guy.

    The Man makes an effort to avoid incorrect and hazardous words, ideas, and deeds, and to highlight the best in others.

    He even describes to Walter that “You’re not wrong, you’re just an a ** hole.”

    The keys to right effort are:

    • Not enabling negative qualities to occur. The Dude ends up being disappointed when being followed however retains his cool once he gets to the bottom of things.
    • Releasing unfavorable qualities that have already emerged.
    • The Guy likewise supports the excellent qualities in himself, even when he thinks the abductors are going to kill that bad lady (Bunny), and in others.


    The Man tries to keep his mind alert to things that might hurt the mind or body,

    specifically when there is a drink involved. There are a few steps to mindfulness.

    • Concentrate on the Body. When doing Tai Chi on a rug, the Dude puts away greed and distress, focusing on the body
    • Focus on Sensations. This would be like letting one’s hatred of the Eagles become tolerance and not fleeing the taxi. Not the Dude’s many informed moment.
    • Focus on the Mind. Keeping the mind free of incorrect distractions, the Man listens to Creedence while lying down, despite the fact that his reverie is disrupted.


    “New details has come to light.”

    To process this information, the Man needs to focus on something, or practice meditation to achieve a much better state of consciousness.

    He can do this a couple of various ways.

    • He Concentrates on Breathing: ins and outs and what-have-yous
    • The Dude Focuses On an Object: like a bowling ball.
    • The Guy Can Recite a Mantra: or listen to the sounds of strikes and rain gutters over and over.

    The Dude’s Course to Enlightenment

    Throughout The Big Lebowski, the Guy discovers both the mental and psychological reasons for suffering.

    The mental cause is lack of knowledge of the way things genuinely occur and is fixed by his acquisition of understanding.

    The emotional cause is desire or attachment– like to a carpet– and it can be managed by learning to understand and handle feelings effectively.

    When the Man accepts the truth that he does not need the carpet to be happy, it all exercises in the end, although not for everybody.

    Much can be gained from the Man, Walter, and Donny about accessory, ignorance, and the path to knowledge.

    However just through practice can one hope to accomplish it.

    We can all simply abide in fact. Like the Dude. Take comfort because. Namaste.

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