The Zen of R2-D2

The Zen of R2-D2

Ancient Wisdom from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Matthew Bortolin


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Entertaining and engaging, this new follow-up to Wisdom’s bestseller The Dharma of Star Wars stands on its own and will captivate a broad audience with the Star Wars story from a Buddhist perspective.

Did you ever wonder why R2-D2 is:

  • Always calm and cool under pressure,
  • The key to the rebellion’s survival,
  • The one who never fails to save the day?

Could it be because he’s secretly a Zen master?

Discover your inner R2—and the truth about who you really are! 

This delightful and illuminating romp unfolds in the form of a fictional dialogue between the author—a die-hard Star Wars devotee with a deep connection to Zen—and two cosplayers dressed as C-3PO and R2-D2 who insist on being called by their character names. Along the way, you’ll come to see what everyone’s favorite astromech can teach us about peace, happiness, and life’s true meaning.



Matthew Bortolin:
Matthew Bortolin wears his personally made Jedi robes and lightsaber when he attends Star Wars Celebration, as he has to many Star Wars movies (including The Clone Wars). He has talked about the links between Star Wars and Zen with CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, Good Morning America, and several online magazines and fan websites. He is an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh's Zen community, the Order of Interbeing, and is the author of The Dharma of Star Wars.