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This was a fantastic entry for me into a committed mindfulness practice and study of Buddhism. I’ve dabbled a bit but Ethan’s interpretation of the Dharma has made me feel at home and supported and like I’ve found a path I can travel for the rest of my life (or lives). I’m So grateful. ~ Leanne
If you are looking to explore concepts from both The Princess Bride and American Buddhist practices, this is exactly the right book for you! The author's personal connection to the book was interesting and provides fun insights that we wouldn't otherwise know about.
Nichtern uses this much beloved movie to anchor his discussions of key Buddhist principles in a manner that is as skillful as it is playful. His personal anecdotes provide examples of how one can apply the Dharma to common situations in an American life. Each analogy from the movie/book is purposeful and well thought out as one might expect from an experienced Dharma teacher.
If you are like me, new-ish to Buddhist practice, then I think you will find his explanations accessible without being over simplified. If you are an experienced Buddhist, then I imagine you will enjoy a new perspective on your practice by viewing it through the lens of a pop-culture phenomenon. If you are looking for a book expounding a LOT on the Princess Bride and you're not that interested in Buddhism...you should know there's more Dharma than Dread Pirate Roberts to the content...though it's not inconceivable that you'd enjoy it anyway.