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Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies Paperback – February 22, 2005
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“If you spliced together DNA from Quentin Tarantino and the Dalai Lama, you’d get Dean Sluyter and he’d write this amazing book.” —Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
“Entertaining and thoughtful in turn, Cinema Nirvana compels you to watch the movies in the way a buddha might see them.” —Stephen Batchelor, author of Living with the Devil
“Sluyter is the movie guru I have longed for. Virtually every page contains jaw-dropping insights and laugh-out-loud surprises.” —Lama John Makransky, Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College
Top Customer Reviews
So, Dean Sluyter makes explicit what has been implicit in the technology and the form. Sort of like Hero's steam engine that opened the doors to the Egyptian idol, so too does the cinema make possible the worship of our secular religious values. When we look at cinema, we must learn to see beyond the image, the motion, the sound, the thrill--we must learn to see the screen and the light--we must learn to recognize the structures of our own self and creative intelligence that connects us, the viewer, with that of the director/producer. Actors and props are the doors of the idols, but the vision of the director/producer is the Hero.
Dean takes us through this process. He ignores the obvious selecting the obscure in order to make clear how the underlying principles of intelligence and self are expressed to us in current symbols. He is not DE-constructing--he is IN--structing.Read more ›
But it actually did more than that. Sluyter's life experience and committment to seeking consciousness infuses this book with a clear and cogent energy that passes on to the reader. Not many books have this magic. In the reading of it, I felt something in me unlock, taking me deeper within myself, a priceless experience.
Sluyter's ability to recognize and interpret the presence of spiritual guidance in the movies is amazing. But it is not just this skill, nor just the knowledge imparted, that makes this book shine. It is also his willingness to be real, to share his passion and to bare his heart. I highly recommend it.
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This book helped me through a rough time in my life, when going through a brutal divorce that had me at a suicidal edge. Humor is pain plus time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MATTHEW R MAGUIRE
I found this book in a bookstore and feel so blessed. Loved it!Published 16 months ago by Cindy B. Wright
An excellent book for people who enjoy movies while enriching personal growth.Published 21 months ago by Erika
I, too, like another reviewer, wonder why this book is not a runaway best seller! Just one contemplative reading of any one of these gems has a magical power to end the trance of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Elizabeth Lavine author of Snuffy and Vroom-Vroom
Interesting chapter titles and fascinating subject matter. I actually purchased this book as a gift, and have not yet given it to recipient, but am looking forward to doing just... Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Corinne
There was a cineaste named Dean
with metaphors clever and keen
As the flickers unreeled
all showed they revealed
spirituality within every... Read more
Sluyter has become one of my favorite writers. He knows movies, he knows Buddhism, and, best of all, he knows how to write about connections between the two that make me smile and... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Rebecca A. Wible
This is a must read for anyone who loves movies and for those who look deeply into things. Thank you it came in good condition!Published on October 7, 2013 by Alba I. Vargas
Usually one for classic buddhist texts I found this read refreshingly modern. Taking a new twist on movies and their symbols...opened my eyes to some hidden gems within any movie.Published on July 12, 2013 by DR. JOHN G VIRAG