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The Dharma Bum’s Guide to Western Literature with Dean Sluyter

April 7, 2022

The Dharma Bum’s Guide to Western Literature with Dean Sluyter

Aired Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM EST

People read books for many reasons… some read novels for entertainment, some for knowledge, some to escape reality, some to find solutions to problems…. and some to find enlightenment… but of all the books people read and all the reasons for reading them… few would likely approach the great classics of literature with the expectation of finding nirvana. But that’s about to change. Because in his latest book, The Dharma Bum’s Guide to Western Literature award winning author Dean Sluyter unpacks the dharma of more than 20 major writers, from Hemingway, Whitman, & William Blake to Shakespeare, Dickinson, Salinger, Twain, & Dr. Seuss to demonstrate how inspiration and spiritual insight can be found anywhere, at any time, in any situation to inspire readers to deepen their own spiritual life and see literature in a fresh new way, as a path of awakening.

DEAN SLUYTER has taught authentic, traditional approaches to meditation and awakening since 1970. He gives talks, workshops, and retreats throughout the united states and beyond, from ivy league colleges to maximum-security prisons and has been featured on NPR, Coast to Coast am, The Dr. Oz Show, and in the New York Times and O the Oprah magazine. Dean Sluyter is the author of several books including Cinema Nirvana – Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies, Fear Less – Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger and Addiction, The Zen Commandments, Natural Meditation and more. He co-hosts The Filmosophers podcast aimed at fans of films and spirituality in which he and co-host Chris Busch talk about films with the people who make and love the movies.

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