From Publishers Weekly
Could funnyman Jim Carrey possibly have anything to teach us about the nature of reality? The answer is a resounding "yes," according to Sluyter, cofounder of the New Jersey chapter of the Dzogchen Foundation. He explains: in the film The Truman Show, Carrey uses his "superb physical acting skills" to portray one man's "journey of spiritual discovery." This is only one of 15 examples of the enlightenment lessons apparent in Hollywood movies that Sluyter happily explains in this unorthodox film guide. From The Graduate and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Jaws and Memento, Sluyter analyzes each movie's basic essence, tying its characters, plots and messages to spiritual teachings. Despite the book's gimmicky hook, it's is actually quite in-depth, and Sluyter seems to know his stuff. He can be funny ("As a role model, Snow White sucks"), but intellectual, too (the conflict Rick faces in Casablanca "recalls the choice faced by Arjuna the warrior, hero of the Bhagavad Gita"). Basic knowledge of the films and religious texts is recommended, but certainly not required; Sluyter explains each concept in a non-technical, conversational way. (On sale Feb. 22)
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“Dean Sluyter has one of the freshest voices in spiritual writing today. From the common ore of pop culture, he extracts the gleaming diamonds of dharma-wisdom." —Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
“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