The Dharma of The Princess Bride

What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships by Ethan Nichtern

  • Published: Aug 10, 2020

An engagingly contemporary approach to Buddhismthrough the lens of an iconic film and its memorable characters Humorous yet spiritually rigorous in the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Tao of Pooh, drawing from pop culture and... read more

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Details of The Dharma of The Princess Bride

Exact title of the book
The Dharma of The Princess Bride
Book author
Ethan Nichtern
ISBN
9780865477766
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Sep 12, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

An engagingly contemporary approach to Buddhismthrough the lens of an iconic film and its memorable characters Humorous yet spiritually rigorous in the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Tao of Pooh, drawing from pop culture and from personal experience, The Dharma of "The Princess Bride" teaches us how to understand and navigate our most important personal relationships from a twenty-first-century Buddhist perspective. Friendship. Romance.

Family. These are the three areas Ethan Nichtern delves into, taking as departure points the indelible characters from Rob Reiners perennially popular filmWestley, Fezzik, Vizzini, Count Rugen, Princess Buttercup, and othersas he also draws lessons from his own life and his work as a meditation teacher. Nichtern devotes the first section of the book to exploring the dynamics of friendship.

Why do people become friends? What can we learn from the sufferings of Inigo Montoya and Fezzik? Next, he leads us through all the phases of illusion and disillusion we encounter in our romantic pursuits, providing a healthy dose of lightheartedness along the way by sharing his own Princess Buttercup List and the vicissitudes of his dating life as he ponders how we idealize and objectify romantic love.

Finally, Nichtern draws upon the demands of his own family history and the films character the Grandson to explore the dynamics of "the last frontier of awakening," a reference to his teacher Chogyam Trungpas claim that its possible to be enlightened everywhere except around your family. With The Dharma of "The Princess Bride" in hand, we can set out on the path to contemporary Buddhist enlightenment with the most important relationships in our lives.

About author

Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambala Buddhist tradition and the author of The Road Home A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path and One City A Declaration of Interdependence. He is also the founder of the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist study as it applies to transformational activism, mindful arts and media projects, and Western psychology. Nichtern has taught meditation and Buddhist studies classes and retreats across the United States since 2002.

He is based in New York City.

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