A Night at the Opera with Cinema Nirvana Author Dean Sluyter
Anyone on a spiritual path knows that teachers can be found anywhere—but it took meditation instructor and film critic Dean Sluyter to point us to the wisdom of the Marx Brothers and this beloved, ridiculous comedy. In his book Cinema Nirvana, Sluyter reveals the hidden enlightenment in very surprising cinematic places (including, in this case, a famously overcrowded stateroom).
About A Night at the Opera, Sluyter writes: “Essays on the nature of comedy are notorious for their overserious theories of what’s funny, the throat-clearing professor at his lectern just begging for a pie in the face. So here’s my serious dharma-inflected theory: Funny is anything that unexpectedly reveals the emptiness of the forms we took to be life-and-death real.”
Grab your popcorn, sit back, and get ready for an illuminating evening of film and discussion.
Presented in 35mm
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
Q&A Programming Director Brian Ackerman with author Dean Sluyter followed by a book signing
Dean Sluyter, author of Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies, has taught meditation since 1970. He hosts talks, workshops, and retreats throughout the United States and beyond. An award-winning former film critic, Sluyter now lives in Santa Monica, California, where he leads meditation sessions regularly and is on the faculty of the West Coast Writers Conferences. His latest book is Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice.
“Dean Sluyter has one of the freshest voices in spiritual writing today. From the common ore of pop culture he extracts the gleaming diamonds of dharma-wisdom. Take this jolly ride with him and you’ll never see movies—or your own life—in the same way again.” (Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within) “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)