Zen Movie Night – At the Paramount

Friday at 7pm at the Paramount Theatre on Congress

Greetings Fellow Sangha Members!

This is our first in what we hope to be an ongoing “Arts & Culture Field Trip” series. This is an opportunity to adventure out and reflect upon Art and Creative Expression. Our first adventure is a screening of the film “The Big Lebowski” at the Paramount Theater in Downtown Austin. If you haven’t been to the Paramount, you are in for a treat. Opening as a vaudeville house in1915, the classical revival style structure was built in 1915. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1976. In the Paramount’s 100-year history, it has played host to a wide variety of events including Harry Houdini and premieres of such films as 1966’s Batman. Very Cool 

We will be watching “The Big Lebowski” by the Coen Brothers. A modern classic ‘Zen’ Film. To quote Jeff Bridges in an article for Lion’s Roar: Now, it could be argued that there’s no Buddhist theme in The Big Lebowski whatsoever. However, my buddy Bernie Glassman has another opinion. He said to me one day, “Did you know that the Dude in The Big Lebowski is considered by many Buddhists to be a Zen Master?” I said, “You gotta be kidding. We never talked about Zen or Buddhism while we were making Lebowski. The brothers never said anything about that.”

“Yeah,” laughed Bernie, “just look at their name—the Koan brothers.”

For more info, or to RSVP, email Peter Z