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Dudeism

Dudeness that can be known is not Dude. The substance of the World is only a name for what Abides.

Dudeism is a religious philosophy and lifestyle inspired by the fictional character Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, as portrayed by Jeff Bridges in the Coen brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski, the Tao of Taoism as outlined in Tao Te Ching by Laozi, and some concepts of the philosopher Epicurus, all presented in a style exemplified by the character of "The Dude". Founded in 2005 by Oliver Benjamin, a journalist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dudeism's official organizational name is The Church of the Latter-Day Dude.

QuotesEdit

The Dude abides. ~ The Dude in The Big Lebowski
Quotes from Dudeist writings
The Chinaman is not the issue here, Dudes. The issue is that the Tao Te Ching is the perfect expression of Taoism’s wu wei of life, or in the parlance of Huston Smith, a life of creative quietude in which “the conscious mind must relax, stop standing in its own light, let go” so that it can flow with the Tao (or Way) of the universe.
The rug is only a fabrication which ties the room together.
The Stranger controls without authority,
And teaches without cuss words…

The Dude De Ching (2010)Edit

The Dude De Ching (2010) · A Dudeist Holy Book inspired by the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and The Big Lebowski of Joel and Ethan Coen
Let me explain something about the Dude:
He is sustained by the Tree of Life,
As the ex used to say.
  • According to religious scholar Huston Smith, Taoism has only one basic text, the Tao Te Ching (or, in English, The Way and Its Power), a slim volume that, as Smith says, can be read in half an hour or a lifetime. Legend has it that a Chinaman by the name of Lao Tzu one day said “Fuck it” (loosely translated from the Chinese), hopped on a water buffalo (possibly with rust coloration), and started heading a-way out west to Tibet. … Regardless of whether the legend is true, or whether Lao Tzu even really existed, the Chinaman is not the issue here, Dudes. The issue is that the Tao Te Ching is the perfect expression of Taoism’s wu wei of life, or in the parlance of Huston Smith, a life of creative quietude in which “the conscious mind must relax, stop standing in its own light, let go” so that it can flow with the Tao (or Way) of the universe.
    • Inner-duction by Rev. Dwayne Eutsey, The Arch Dudeship of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude
  • Dudeism has a lot in common with Taoism, of course, being its philosophical compeer. Taoists, for example, revere the fella I’ve innerduced by the name of Lao Tzu (literally “The Old Boy,” not something most folks where I come from would self-apply); we have “The Dude.” Lao Tzu rejected uptight Chinese imperial society and rode off to the mountains of Tibet, while The Dude rejected uptight American imperial society and became a roadie with Metallica. Lastly and most importantly, Dudeists share Taoism’s wu wei ethos of just taking it easy, man, and rolling with the cosmic flow.
    • Inner-duction by Rev. Dwayne Eutsey, The Arch Dudeship of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude
  • Dudeness that can be known is not Dude.
    The substance of the World is only a name for what Abides.
    The tumbling of tumbleweeds is all that exists and may exist;
    The rug is only a fabrication which ties the room together.
    One experiences without being uptight, or enters a World of Pain,
    And investigates complicated cases in order to understand the World.
    • Ch. 1 : Dude!
  • The Dude digs the style of the Stranger, and the Stranger, the style of the Dude;
    They are distinct only in front of the bar.
    Sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes he eats you
    Which is infinitely greater and more subtle than the fucking TOE!
    • Ch. 1 : Dude!
  • When the Dude is recognized in the World
    Undudeness is seen everywhere
    ;
    When Pacifism is hidden behind
    Aggression will go unchecked.
    Am I wrong?
    • Ch. 2 : Style
  • The Stranger controls without authority,
    And teaches without cuss words
    ;
    He lets all things take ‘er easy,
    Watches the semifinals, but does not interfere,
    Drinks sarsaparilla without demanding,
    And takes comfort where he can.
    • Ch. 2 : Style
  • Not achieving prevents having to overcome obstacles;
    Not keeping the money prevents theft;
    Not flaunting beauty prevents thousand-dollar blowjobs.
    This is not ‘Nam. This is bowling.
    • Ch. 3 : Not Standing
  • If people aren’t privy to the new shit that has come to light,
    Cowards among them will threaten castration
    ;
    If no action is taken,
    There will only be pee-stains on the rug.
    • Ch. 3 : Not Standing
  • Let me tell you somethin’ about The Dude.
    He would never dream of taking your bullshit money;
    You will not cut off his Johnson, even if you throw a marmot into his bath;
    His mind is limber, and he fits right in there;
    What the fuck are you talking about?
    I lost my train of thought here.
    • Ch. 4 : Properties of the Dude
  • Nihilists are not kind;
    They believe in nothing.
    The Stranger is not kind,
    He drifts where the wind catches him.

    Nihilists are like a bellows
    Empty, yet full of hot air,
    The more they threaten, the more cowardly they seem;
    The Stranger also rambles and loses his train of thought
    But tells a purty good story.

    • Ch. 5 : Nihilists
  • Bowling is everlasting because it does not have a point.
    In this way, the Dude:
    Makes his point at the end and finds he made it at the beginning;
    Rolls casually down the lane, and endures through strikes and gutters.
    Because he does not put himself over the line, he does not enter a world of pain.
    • Ch. 7 : The Ball
  • When a plan gets too complex, everything can go wrong;
    You see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass?
    • Ch. 9 : Unchecked Aggression
  • This is a natural, zesty enterprise.
    Oh.
    Yes.
    • Ch. 10 : Coitus
  • There never was any fucking money;
    What in God’s holy name are you blathering about?
    • Ch. 11 : No Bottom
  • The Dude said:
    “You can’t be worried about that shit. Life goes on.”
    Would you just take it easy, man!? You’re not wrong, you’re just an asshole.
    • Ch. 13b : The Dumps
  • Looked at but cannot be seen — it is a worthy fucking adversary;
    Listened to but cannot be heard — it is a stonewalling little brat;
    Grasped at but cannot be touched — it floats off across the sky.
    There is no bottom, nor the proper nomenclature,
    All these strands make it a very complicated case.
    • Ch. 14 : Tying the Room Together
  • The best Achievers are scarcely known by the Bums;
    The next best are compensated and given beepers;
    The next are real reactionaries;
    The next, human paraquat:
    They have no faith in the Bums,
    So the Bums reveal them for the phonies they are.

    When the best achievers achieve their purpose,
    The bums leave them alone, mister.
    • Ch. 17 : Achievers
  • When Dudeness is forgotten,
    League bylaws and rules arise
    ;
    Then political advocacy and pornography are joined,
    And standards fall regrettably.
    • Ch. 18 : Losing the Train of Thought
  • The people are busy, as I know you are,
    Whereas I am unemployed.
    Let me explain something about the Dude:
    He is sustained by the Tree of Life,
    As the ex used to say.
    • Ch. 20 : Mark it Zero
  • The tumbleweeds do not last long,
    Nor does the Dude.
    If the Stranger’s words do not last
    Why should those of man, man?

    To follow the Dude, become the Dude; the Dude will abide you.

    • Ch. 23 : Blathering
  • Those who wish to threaten the Dude
    Because they want ze money
    Cannot succeed.
    The World is shaped by taking it easy;
    It cannot be shaped by undudeness.

    If one tries to steer it, the plane crashes into the mountain;
    When one works in shifts, promising, uh, uh, leads will not be found.
    • Ch. 29 : Fuggedaboudit
  • Bullshit money or basic freedom: which is dearer?
    Contentment or competition: which is more valuable?

    Compensation or employment: which is more painful?
    • Ch. 44 : Abidement
  • Great coitus incurs great expense,
    And great wealth incurs great goldbricking,
    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 both strikes and gutters.
    • Ch. 44 : Abidement

Quotes about DudeismEdit

The Dude abides. I don't know about you but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there. The Dude. Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners. ~ The Stranger in The Big Lebowski
  • Dudeism is non-theistic. We don't see anything as a kind of God figure. That's not to say we're not religious. We do think there's some far out shit out there, but it's not some old guy with a moustache. Anyway, The Stranger is probably more like a mirror of ourselves. He also may be the ghost of America's past — taking stock of what's become of the nation's integrity.
    • Oliver Benjamin, in response to a suggestion that "The Stranger" of The Big Lebowski represented a God figure, as quoted in "Big Lebowski Spawns Religion" by Yusuf Laher in Don't Panic Online (11 April 2011)

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