Cinema Nirvana

  • by Dean Sluyter
  • Narrated by Dean Sluyter
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Movie fans and spiritual seekers, unite! In Cinema Nirvana, veteran meditation teacher and film critic Dean Sluyter illuminates the hidden enlightenment teachings of Casablanca, Jaws, The Graduate, The Godfather, Memento, Easy Rider, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Big Sleep, Fistful of Dollars, and half a dozen more classic films, revealing spiritual wisdom in everything from 007's secret weapons to the colors of the Seven Dwarfs' eyes.
So grab your popcorn, sit back, and prepare to have your mind opened. Cinema Nirvana is a funny but wise, practical but wildly entertaining guide to finding enlightenment...one movie at a time.

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What the Critics Say

"Equal parts inspiring, quirky, fascinating, and fun. Cinema Nirvana will make you look at film and faith in a new light." (Dallas Morning News)
"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)
"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)

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Customer Reviews

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Highly recommended

Would you listen to Cinema Nirvana again? Why?

Terrific, articulate talks by the author himself, probing into deeper meaning in many well known films. There is much depth and richness of detail, like many films. Upon repeat viewings, or in this case listening, one picks up additional nuance which was missed the first time around.


What about Dean Sluyter’s performance did you like?

The tone, the pace and the very clear pronunciation.


Any additional comments?

I've attended some of the author's talks over the years. They are always interesting, enriching amd thought provoking. He has a very broad and experiential understanding of many religious and spiritual traditions, which he brings to this collection of intriguing essays.

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- Scott

Eye opening listen!!

Any additional comments?

Great listen! Gave me wise & witty insight into the connection between my favorite cinema classics and Buddhist philosophy. Provided a new lens to view the characters and themes I've loved, allowing me to see beyond the images to the gems of wisdom hidden in these films. Roll over Elvis -- I'll never look at Jailhouse Rock the same way again !!

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- nancy "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-13-2014
  • Publisher: Dean Sluyter