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Anyway, I ordered a second copy because I've come to love this book so very much. As a younger dude, I was drawn to Zen and Taoism, and tried my best to put them into use in my life. But then, about 6 years ago, I saw the Big Lebowski for the first time and I immediately recognized the Taoist undertones in the film. After watching the film again, I got on Google to see if anyone else had noticed these ties to Eastern Thought. Lo and behold, there was the Church of the Latter-Day Dude. Not only did other dudes notice, they built a church on it! At first I thought it was a joke, but then was touched by the sincerity exhibited by a great many of the so called Dudeists. You could believe anything you want, be you atheist, theist, or just plain agnostic, as long as you didn't try to piss on anyone else's spiritual rug, you were welcome. You could pursue your flavor of spirituality and still follow the Way of the Dude. These Dudeists even considered the Church an offshoot of ancient Taoist beliefs. The more I read, the more I fell in love with the group.
A few years later, the Dudely Lama published The Abide Guide, and I found that complex ideas from many ancient philosophies (including Taoism, Zen, and Stoicism, among many others) were suddenly broken down into easy to understand concepts that I could apply to my everyday life. Portraying these ideas in ad Dudeist light made perfect sense to me.
I read The Abide Guide through many times (until I lost my copy), and was very glad that my new copy arrived in the mail.
There is a playfulness to the serious truth it conveys, not taking its self too seriously it asks us to consider how over consumption and over reaction can put our well being and world in peril. Reminding us life is full of strikes and gutters, but through it all the Dude abides. And that is cool man.
I would highly recommend this book for its humor and insight.