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The Zen Commandments


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Dean Sluyter has taught literature and led meditation workshops for more than twenty years. He currently teaches at a private school in New Jersey.



"The book is extremely well written and joyously entertaining."
--Publishers Weekly "With sparkling clarity and wit, Sluyter's ten suggestions lay out the practical essentials of the path. My suggestion is: listen to this guy."
--Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within "Dean Sluyter clearly presents simple but profound ways to live one's life consciously and skillfully. He teaches that the source of universal truth not only rests in the heart of every one of us, but is the essence of what ultimately brings us true happiness and freedom. This is a wonderful book with rich wisdom and deep insight."
--Rabbi David Cooper, author of God Is a Verb "No matter what your religion (or lack of it), this book shows how to live the kind of life people ache for. It turns out to be pretty simple."
--Jane Cavolina, co-author of Growing Up Catholic Praise for CINEMA NIRVANA: "Equal parts inspiring, quirky, fascinating, and fun ... CINEMA NIRVANA will make you look at film and faith in a new light."
- DALLAS MORNING NEWS "Sluyter is the movie guru I have longed for. He mines deep spiritual wisdom from classic films with tremendous humor and grace. Virtually every page contains jaw-dropping insights and laugh-out-loud surprises."
-Lama John Makransky, Prof. of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College "Dean Sluyter has one of the freshest voices in spiritual writing today. From the common ore of pop culture he extracts the gleaming diamonds of dharma-wisdom. Take this jolly ride with him and you'll never see movies -- or your own life -- in the same way again."
-Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within "Entertaining and thoughtful in turn, Cinema Nirvana compels you to watch the movies in the way a buddha might see them."
-Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs "If you spliced together DNA from Quentin Tarantino and the Dalai Lama, you'd get Dean Sluyter and he'd write this amazing book."
-Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci "From its opening title straight on to its finale, Cinema Nirvana is original, amusing, and on the ball. It will help you stay awake at the movies and dream more in real life."
-Kate Wheeler, author of Not Where I Started From "Dean Sluyter's Cinema Nirvana is flat-out brilliant. I have lived with these classic movies and these core teachings my whole adult life, yet I constantly felt blown away by the freshness and richness of the dharmic connections Dean perceives in every scene."
-Lewis Richmond, author of Work as a Spiritual Practice

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