Jeff Bridges

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Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges reveals the path to enlightenment in his book, "The Dude and the Zen Master." (5:59)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR HAS WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED "THE DUDE AND THE ZEN

MASTER." PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM MR. JEFF BRIDGES.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> WOOO.

NICELY DONE.

>> Jon: WHAT IS UP, MAN?

>> YEAH, MAN.

>> Jon: IT'S NICE TO SIGH, MY FRIEND.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M WELL.

>> Jon: "THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER." I ONLY EXPECT YOU TO SAY WELL BECAUSE I IMAGINE YOU ARE ONE OF

FEW PEOPLE WHO CAN WILL YOURSELF TO WELL.

>> WELL, ON A GOOD DAY.

ON A GOOD DAY, YES.

>> Jon: WHAT IS -- "THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER" I ASSUMED YOU WERE THE ZEN MASTER.

WHO IS THIS OTHER GUY.

>> BERNIE GLASSMAN WHO IS THE REAL THING.

HE IS THE ZEN MASTER.

>> Jon: BERNIE GLASSMAN.

>> HE'S ONE OF YOU GUYS, YEAH.

>> Jon: ZEN MASTER.

>> TOP OF THE LINE.

TOP OF THE LINE.

>> Jon: WHAT IS -- FOR SOMEONE WHO INTRODUCES A MOMENT ZEN EVERY DAY, I KNOW VERY LITTLE

ABOUT IT.

>> HA, HA.

THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: HOW DO YOU BECOME A MASTER.

IS IT A PHILOSOPHY, A RELIGION, A WAY OF LIFE.

>> TO BE A MASTER, YOU'VE GOT TO STUDY WITH A MASTER AND THEN HE SAYS, TAG, YOU'RE IT.

>> Jon: IT'S REALLY NOT AN ACCREDITITIED SITUATION.

HOW DO YOU KNOW HE'S A MASTER.

DOES HE SAY I'M THE ZEN MASTER AND YOU'RE LIKE, ALL RIGHT.

>> HE'S GOT.

I'LL TELL YOU HOW I KNOW.

>> Jon: OKAY.

>> I'M GOING TO MAKE YOU A ZEN MASTER NOW AND PERHAPS YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN.

>> Jon: I'D LIKE THAT.

>> OKAY.

>> Jon: AM I GOING TO HAVE TO WALK ACROSS COALS OR ANYTHING?

OR AM I COOL?

>> IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

ARE YOU READY?

STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.

HUA!

BOOM MAN.

>> Jon: THAT'S IT?

>> NOW YOU ARE DONE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NOW, WE CAN CONTINUE ALTHOUGH MINE HAS A BROWNISH TINT TO IT.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN A BROWNNOSE.

I DON'T KNOW I'M BROWN NOSING.

WE CAN CONTINUE THE INTERVIEW.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

SO THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

>> TO SEE IF --

>> Jon: I'M A ZEN MASTER I'M PATCH ADAMS.

WHAT DID YOU --

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> BERNIE IS ALSO A CLOWN.

>> Jon: HE IS A CLUN?

>> HE IS A CLOWN, A ZEN MASTER.

>> Jon: SOUNDS LOST TO ME.

>> NO, MAN.

NO.

>> Jon: HE'S FOUND?

>> HE'S FOUND.

>> Jon: WHERE DO YOU MEET HIM?

>> AS A DINNER WITH RAHM DAWES, THE GUY WHO WROTE "BE HERE NOW."

>> Jon: COME ON, HE IS ON THE GIANTS?

I DON'T FOLLOW SPIRITUALITY.

HE'S A GOOD MAN, THOUGH?

>> A VERY GOOD MAN.

>> Jon: WHAT DOES HE HELP YOU WITH?

WHAT IS THE PROJECT YOU ARE ON TOGETHER?

IS A JOURNEY OF SELF EXPLORATION?

>> BERNIE WAS -- I MET HIM AT THIS THING.

I DUG THE GUY.

WE STARTED TO HANG OUT.

HE SAYS TO ME, BY THE WAY, DO YOU REALIZE THAT IN BUDDHA CIRCLES THE DUDE IS CONSIDERED A

ZEN MASTER.

I SAID WHAT THE (bleep) ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

[ LAUGHTER ]

HE SAID, OH, YEAH.

HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, JUST TAKE IT -- ONE THING WHO DIRECTED THE MOVIE?

THE COEN BROTHERS.

HE PROCEEDS TO TELL ME ALL THE DIFFERENT.

>> Jon: THAT'S A WEAK CHI TO GOOD ON.

>> IT GOT ME.

I SAID GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE.

HE SAID LIKE, WELL, (bleep) COMES TO LIGHT.

A LINE FROM LEBOWSKI OR SHUT THE (bleep) UP.

COEN.

READ THE BOOK, MAN!

>> Jon: ANY GUY IN ANY MOVIE EVER IS THE ZEN MASTER.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN GOOD FELLAS.

GO HOME AND GET YOUR (bleep) SHINEBOX.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHAT IS IT GIVING YOU?

DO YOU PRACTICE IT?

IS IT AN ART FORM?

>> WITH ZEN, YOU MEAN?

>> Jon: HAS IT GIVEN YOU A SENSE OF PEACE OR UNDERSTANDING?

>> IT'S INTERCONNECTEDNESS.

REALIZING WE'RE ALL UNTIL THIS TOGETHER.

THAT --

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE ARE ONE.

WE ARE ONE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: IT MUST BE A BALL TO HANG OUT WITH YOU GUYS.

YOU HUNG OUT AND HAD THIS LONG CONVERSATION ABOUT LIFE AND UNDERSTANDING.

>> WHATEVER CAME , YOU KNOW.

>> Jon: AND PUT IT TOGETHER.

>> AND BOOM!

>> Jon: IF.

I AM TO READ THIS, WHEN I GET TO THE END OF JOURNEY OF THE BOOK WHAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THEN?

WHAT IS THE ENLIGHTENMENT THAT I FIND?

>> THAT'S UP TO YOU, JON.

$ [LAUGHTER] $.

>> Jon: YOU ARE A ZEN MASTER.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO SAY.

YOU'VE DONE IT.

>> I FORGOT THE NOSE.

>> Jon: I WAS REALLY WORRIED THAT IT WAS FILLED WITH -- I WAS GOING TO DO THIS LIKE --

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND THAT WOULD BE THE END OF IT.

IT WASN'T SO FUNNY FOR FUNNYMAN JON STEWART.

I'M DELIGHTED -- I HAVE TO TELL YOU -- THERE'S NOTHING MORE THAN I THINK WOULD BE INTERESTING AND

FUN THAN TO SPEND A WEEKEND (bleep) WITH JEFF BRIDGES AND HAVE SOMEBODY TRANSCRIBE IT INTO

A BOOK.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE AWESOME "THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER" IS ON THE BOOKSHELVES NOW.

MR. JEFF BRIDGES.

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