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The Dharma Bum's Guide to Western Literature

Finding Nirvana in the Classics
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
April, 2022
ISBN:
9781608687695
Quantity: 
2
$25.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This sly little book reveals the profound, often surprising ways the literature we love conveys the awakening we seek.

Suppose we could discover enlightenment teachings in Macbeth, The Catcher in the Rye, Moby-Dick, The Bluest Eye, and The Cat in the Hat... read Hemingway as haiku... learn mindfulness from Virginia Woolf and liberation from Frederick Douglass... see Dickinson and Whitman as Buddhas of poetry, and Huck Finn and Gatsby as seekers of the infinite.

Some of us were lucky enough to have one passionate, funny, inspiring English teacher who helped us fall in love with books. Add a lifetime of teaching Dharma—authentic, traditional approaches to meditation and awakening—and you get award-winning author Dean Sluyter. Dean has led and taught meditation in prisons and beyond for decades. His habit of finding enlightenment in unexpected places started at the age of twelve, when Mad magazine triggered his first glimpse of deep transcendence. He went on to discover how “Eastern” spirituality — the light of nirvana — illuminates all the big questions of birth and death, hope and despair, love and fear that Western literature explores.

With droll humor and irreverent wisdom, the Guide unpacks the Dharma of more than twenty major writers, from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss. It will inspire readers to deepen their own spiritual life and see literature in a fresh, new way: as a path of awakening.

“This book is Dead Poets Society meets the Buddha. Dean Sluyter has a miner’s gift for extracting nuggets of wisdom that no one else sees. I have no doubt that Blake, Salinger, Dickinson, and the rest of Sluyter’s all-star authors would be delighted to have their work appreciated from this deep level of enlightened insight — and joy.” —Philip Goldberg, author of Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times

Publisher’s Description: 



Reveals the profound, often surprising ways the literature we love conveys the enlightenment we seekSome of us were lucky enough to have one terrific, passionate English teacher who helped us fall in love with books. Throw in a droll sense of humor, a love of quirky tangents, and decades of meditation with lamas and rishis, and you get Dean Sluyter. For thirty-three years, students sat in Sluyters classroom having their minds opened wide. NowThe Dharma Bums Guide to Western Literatureputs you in that classroom.

Sluyters habit of finding enlightenment in unexpected places started at the age of twelve, when a copy ofMad magazine triggered his first glimpse of deep transcendence. He went on to discover how Eastern spirituality the light of nirvana shines through Western classics as they explore themes of death and birth, despair and hope, fear and love. With sparkling wit and irreverent wisdom, Sluyter unpacks the Dharma of Blake, Beckett, Whitman, Woolf, Twain, Douglass, and more. His warm, down-to-earth approach will inspire you to deepen your own spiritual life and see literature in a fresh, new way: as a path of awakening.

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