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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2012, 01:32:00 AM »

Yeah it's all pretty exhausting, but uni work is. Am I wrong ?



to tell you the truth I don't remember most of it.
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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2012, 10:26:32 AM »
The film has a cult following. We are not really a cult.

Lebowskiists are too wrapped up in quoting from the film, and think that's what Dudeism is about.

When I look at the Facebook group all I see is a bunch of people calling themselves "The One True Dude", or "The Only Real Dude", and quoting "Careful there's a beverage over here! LOL" too much.

Here in the forum you get a much better level of conversation, a more reasoned argument.

I think generally we see Dudeism as being a name to describe the way most of us have lived our lives.

Oliver (the Dudly Lama) went out to Asia backpacking and never really came back again having studied Buddhism and Yoga, and some other stuff (including Taoism), whilst over there he came upon the revelation of the concept of Dudeism as marrying the ancient principles of Zen and Taoism with the modern western Slacker ethic.

I as a teenager studied Zen, Yoga, and Taoism (mostly from books initially) spent a lot of my early life trying to find a balance between what  saw as my ascetic inclinations, and my belief that I should remain in the "real" world rather than retreat to a monastery.

From an early age my family and friends of the family called me things like Dylan (yes after the rabbit).

I have spent much of my life interested and investigating my spirituality. My family (in that wonderful confusion where you never change from your teenage years) still think I change religion on a regular basis. I never did but when you visit Sufi groups, lead Zen groups, and similar they think you are changing to that religion.

I do profess to be a Pagan though this is an even more complicated situation.

When I found the video of Oliver made by the car company it gave me a title that wrapped all my previous thinking and investigation together. It is this title I use for my poor confused family. Who think I have changed my religion again, really all I've done is find a title that I can comfortably use, and a group of people who I can spend time arguing over the minutiae of what we are and how best we should present ourselves, whilst all agreeing on the majority of how we represent, because we were all doing it before we came to know that we could call it Dudeism.
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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2012, 10:59:29 AM »
Have to agree and relate somewhat with M5 here, not til I had seen the VW ad, had the pieces of my spiritual/ ethical puzzle fitted right in there. I kinda realised that I had been abiding more or less for dude knows how long, without realising what "it" was. Although I love TBL and dudeism, I would say that I am more of an Abideist than anything (imdo). Each to they're own, man, after all, we're all individuals, (I'm not!).

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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2012, 12:33:49 PM »
Yeah there is no cut and dry way to define Dudeism as in a cult. Cults have hard fast rules, Dudeism is more like obscenity, you know it when you see it, but there is no "way".

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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2012, 03:09:16 PM »
The film has a cult following. We are not really a cult.

Lebowskiists are too wrapped up in quoting from the film, and think that's what Dudeism is about.

When I look at the Facebook group all I see is a bunch of people calling themselves "The One True Dude", or "The Only Real Dude", and quoting "Careful there's a beverage over here! LOL" too much.

Here in the forum you get a much better level of conversation, a more reasoned argument.

I think generally we see Dudeism as being a name to describe the way most of us have lived our lives.

Oliver (the Dudly Lama) went out to Asia backpacking and never really came back again having studied Buddhism and Yoga, and some other stuff (including Taoism), whilst over there he came upon the revelation of the concept of Dudeism as marrying the ancient principles of Zen and Taoism with the modern western Slacker ethic.

I as a teenager studied Zen, Yoga, and Taoism (mostly from books initially) spent a lot of my early life trying to find a balance between what  saw as my ascetic inclinations, and my belief that I should remain in the "real" world rather than retreat to a monastery.

From an early age my family and friends of the family called me things like Dylan (yes after the rabbit).

I have spent much of my life interested and investigating my spirituality. My family (in that wonderful confusion where you never change from your teenage years) still think I change religion on a regular basis. I never did but when you visit Sufi groups, lead Zen groups, and similar they think you are changing to that religion.

I do profess to be a Pagan though this is an even more complicated situation.

When I found the video of Oliver made by the car company it gave me a title that wrapped all my previous thinking and investigation together. It is this title I use for my poor confused family. Who think I have changed my religion again, really all I've done is find a title that I can comfortably use, and a group of people who I can spend time arguing over the minutiae of what we are and how best we should present ourselves, whilst all agreeing on the majority of how we represent, because we were all doing it before we came to know that we could call it Dudeism.


Hey M5, good stuff there, dude. Interesting to hear a little about your personal quest.

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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2012, 04:46:52 PM »
For me it's all about being chill and zen, aka, abiding (at least that's my interpretation). While I really enjoy the movie, I don't watch it fanatically, but still find the Dude to be a great example of how to abide.

I agree with this. I also like M5's post above.

I have studied Buddhism quite a bit over the years. I have spent a lot of time in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, etc.. When I think of Dudeism, my mind automatically sees parallels between the way The Dude acted in the movie and Buddhism in general. The ideas of non-attachment, non-violence, loving your fellow man, and so on, are all represented by The Dude as a way of life, not just a passing fad.

It is all to easy to pass along quotes from the movie and try to pass yourself off as a Dudely person. It is much harder, especially in this day and age, to actually Abide and just be relaxed about things. There are no cults here, just a bunch of honest folks Abiding one day at a time.

Good luck with your school project.

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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2012, 02:16:47 PM »
I got a really good mark on this piece of work, thanks to everyone who got involved !! :D

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Re: Following Dudeism over following The Big Lebowski ?
« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2012, 05:57:23 AM »
Bummer. I wrote a long thing but I timed out.

I noticed that in the settings section, there is a check box to stay logged in all the time, and also a box to alter the time limit before it auto-logs you off.
Hope this helps!
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