Jeff Bridges to Pen Spiritual Book on Zen Teachings

Actor/Musician Jeff Bridges, who practices meditation every day, will co-write a book of Zen teachings, called “The Dude and the Zen Master,” to be published in November 2012. Bridges (The Dude) will join with social activist Bernie Glassman (The Zen Master) to discuss life, film and trying to do good, according to the LA Times.

“Making movies and life have a lot in common,” Bridges said in a release from the publisher, Blue Rider Press, an imprint at Penguin. “When you’re making a movie you’ve got a finite amount of time to do what you’re going to do. It’s a communal art form, collaborative. You work together with other artists to come up with something groovy, something beautiful. Life’s like that, too.”

The book will provide wisdom on how to live a happy and fulfilling life, and leave a positive mark on the world

“On a movie set I do my best to keep my head and heart open,” said Bridges. “My favorite part of the whole deal is jamming with the other artists, getting to know them, sharing the excitement of what we’re up to, and inspiring each other. That means intimacy. I look for that in life as well. That’s why I hooked up with Bernie, to make the most of this wonderful experience called Life.”

Actor Jeff Bridges Finds Meditation “Very Effective”

Actor Jeff Bridges practices meditation almost every day, finding the practice “very effective,” he told

“It’s good to block out external stimulus for a set amount of time, because, for one thing, it enhances the experience when you are stimulated by something. It brings dynamics to your life,” he explained.

Bridges was one of the first to use the isolation tank developed by physician and psychoanalyst, John C. Lilly. A lightless, soundproof tank, it allows people to float in salt water at skin temperature, and is often used for meditation, relaxation and in alternative medicine.

“He developed the isolation tank, and I was one of his subjects when he was experimenting with it,” Bridges said. “The idea was to explore what consciousness is when you take away all of the senses and you’re floating. You discover that you’re projecting a lot of energy from within you, but normally you can’t distinguish it.”