PRESS RELEASE The Dude and the Zen Master: Jeff Bridges & Bernie Glassman to publish book


The Dude and the Zen Master is set to release Fall 2012


March 12, 2012 –New York, NY –  Blue Rider Press announced today it has acquired world rights to publish a book by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Zen Peacemakers founder Bernie Glassman tentatively entitled, THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER.  Inspired by dharma talks between Bridges and his long-time friend, Zen Master Glassman, the book explores the meaning of life, laughter, the movies and trying to do good in a difficult world.    The book is set for publication in November 2012.  Blue Rider Press president and publisher David Rosenthal acquired the rights from David Schiff at The Schiff Company in association with CAA.

Revealing the inspiration for the book, Bridges said: “Making movies and life have a lot in common.  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.” He added: “On a movie set I do my best to keep my head and heart open. 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.”

Bernie Glassman said of the book: “I always like finding new ways of expressing the essence of Zen, which for me is all about the oneness and interdependence of life. The Dude’s life is different from mine, and not so different. And our life is different from other people’s lives, and not so different. So Jeff and I have hung out over the years and examined together how we live our one life in the best, freest, and most joyful way possible.”

”Jeff and Bernie’s book is genre bending,” said Blue Rider Press publisher Rosenthal. “It’s a spiritual guide, an entertainment and an exceptional lesson in true friendship. “

Rosenthal noted that the book will include a number of illustrations done by Bridges. The book will be edited by Blue Rider Press senior editor Sarah Hochman.



Jeff Bridges is one of the most respected and beloved actors in the world and a six-time Academy Award nominee. His performance in “Crazy Heart”–as alcoholic country singer Bad Blake—deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.  Throughout his career Bridges has played many colorful characters: from outlaws to doctors to the President of the United States. But his role as “The Dude,” in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Big Lebowski,” made him a cult hero.  Bridges is also an accomplished musician, photographer, painter, philanthropist and is currently the National Spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign ( and dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.



Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned spiritual leader in the American Zen movement, and especially in Zen and social action. A former aerospace engineer and accomplished academic, he holds a Ph.D in applied mathematics from UCLA.  He is founder of the Greyston Mandala ( and the Zen Peacemakers (, an international order of spiritually-based social activists.

Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was launched in January 2011 and publishes an eclectic mix of hardcover fiction and nonfiction titles, reflecting President and Publisher David Rosenthal’s wide range of interests, including suspense fiction, popular biography, literary novels, humor, music, and contemporary politics.


The Blue Rider, or in German, “Der Blaue Reiter,” was an iconoclastic 20th Century movement in music and painting now seen as a driving force of modern art.   Established in Munich, Germany in 1911, The Blue Rider was a loose association of painters determined to promote individual expression and break free of any conventional artistic restraints.

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group ( is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.


Aileen Boyle

Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Publicity

blue rider press


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