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The Dude De Ching is an interpretation of the Tao Te Ching for followers of Dudeism. Dudeism is an authentic religion with over 70,000 ordained "Dudeist Priests." It is inspired mainly by Taoism and the Coen Brothers' 1998 film "The Big Lebowski." This funny and inspiring book of spiritual lessons will help you take it easy and abide in the face of any gutterballs that are ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 2009 (first published 2009)
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Stian
For those of you who are familiar with The Big Lebowski, you know it's a cult classic and, in my humble opinion at least, among the greatest movies of all time. It has spawned its own religion too -- Dudeism -- which is based on the movie's main character, The Dude. Or His Dudeness.. or Duder.. or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

Now, this book is, as it says on its cover, a "Dudeist Interpretation of The Tao Te Ching" -- the classic Taoist work. I went into this hoping f
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Peter Merel
Okay, I'm a little biased. I wrote half the book. Not that I realised that was what I was doing at the time.

Twenty years ago I created a free translation of Lao Tzu following the guidance of various academics on the Australian National University’s Taoism-Studies-L list. After three years I released that under the GNU public license and called it the GNL, a play on the recursive GNU acronym “GNU’s Not Unix” meaning “GNL’s Not Lao”.

And I figured I was done with that. Three years is a long time f
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WolfBread
This book is a mixed bag. As an ordained Dudeist priest myself, I came into it with a positive outlook. I love The Big Lebowski, and those who don't really shouldn't waste their time on this, since every page will seem very foreign to them.

On one hand, some of the re-imagining of the Taoist verses were hilarious. Like a "laughing out loud while sitting on my couch" level-of-hilariousness. While others verses were just cringe-worthy levels of awful. I guess it just comes down to the fact that thi
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Nicole


I like Lebowski, and I like Tao, but they're not really getting tied together here, man. Hard to improve on Pooh.
Patrick
The Tao Te Ching as The Big Lebowski fan fiction. It was ok but nothing too clever like the Tao of Programming.
Ed C
A wonderful little spiritual companion, interpreted from (and presented alongside) the Tao Te Ching. Members of the Dudeist community have contributed, in conjunction with some of the editorial board of the Dudespaper (the official online publication of the religion) to find their own special way of expressing and understanding the 2600 year old message of Lao Tzu.

The interpretation is presented somewhat as a parody, using references from the movie "The Big Lobowski" (one of the main influences
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Troy Beals
This book helpd me decide to become an Ordained Dudeist Priest. I like the idea of this religion in that the world is made up of interesting Dudes.
Todd Heller
Fun

Revisit Tao with some laughs in between. Dude and sage up to the old yielding way. You get it or you don't.
Amanda
To be honest, I didn't read all of it - flicking through the first few verses was enough to let me know how it was likely to continue. What you basically have here is a translation of the Tao by Lao Tzu in its entirety, alternated with verses lampooning the chinese philosophical classic, Big Lebowski style. Probably great fun for the Lebowskiist, but this Dude would rather read the lines that old Lao laid down.
Melissa
A novel perspective on ancient wisdom. But that's just like, my opinion, man.
Hans de Zwart
A Dudeist Interpretation of The Tao Te Ching...

Verse 37 titled "Quieting the Heart" is interpreted as verse 37 "Shut the Fuck Up, Donny!". You get the gist, enjoyable stuff.
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Kind of silly, but a fun idea.
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“44. Abidement Bullshit money or basic freedoms: which is dearer? Contentment or competition: which is more valuable? Compensation or employment: which is more painful? Great coitus incurs great expense, And great wealth incurs fucking phoniness, But great abidement incurs no loss. Therefore: He who knows when to take it easy Can’t be worried about that shit, And may long endure ups and downs, strikes and gutters. Tao Te Ching: 44. Contentment Fame or Self: which is dearer? Self or wealth: which is more valuable? Profit or loss: which is more painful? Great love incurs great expense, And great wealth incurs great theft, But great contentment incurs no loss. Therefore: He who knows when to stop Does not continue into danger, And may long endure.” 0 likes
“The Stranger accepts the World, As the World accepts the Dude; He narrates the film, so is clearly heard; Does not self-apply a name, so remains unknown; Has never been to London or France, But can die with a smile on his face without feelin’ like the good lord gypped him; Because he does not eat the bar, the bar does not eat him, He does not curse, so no one curses him.” 0 likes
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