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Buddhist Lessons in "The Princess Bride"

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Shambhala Buddhist teacher Ethan Nichtern says “Almost everything I know about relationships I learned over the past 30 years of doing two things that seem to have very little to do with each other: loving The Princess Bride and practicing Buddhism.” The movie was only modestly successful when it was released in 1987, but in 2016 was inducted into the National Film Registry, being deemed as 'culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.' In Nichtern's new book,  The Dharma of the Princess BrideWhat the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships, he says,  “an abnormally large percentage of humans between the ages of 2 and 200 now revere, or at the very least respect, this movie.” His book includes all the “teachings and experiences that have been useful to me while studying relationships and loving this movie.” 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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