The Dharma of The Princess Bride
What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and RelationshipsBook - 2017
Friendship. Romance. Family. These are the three areas Ethan Nichtern delves into, taking as departure points the indelible characters--Westley, Fezzik, Vizzini, Count Rugen, Princess Buttercup, and others from Rob Reiner's perennially popular film--as he also draws lessons from his own life and his work as a meditation teacher. Nicthern 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 film's character the Grandson to explore the dynamics of "the last frontier of awakening," a reference to his teacher Chogyam Trungpa's claim that it's possible to be enlightened everywhere except around your family.
Publisher: New York :, North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: viii, 275 pages ; 20 cm