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Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, and spirit. Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. Readers join Dan aWay of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, and spirit. Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. Readers join Dan as he learns to live as a peaceful warrior. This international bestseller conveys piercing truths and humorous wisdom, speaking directly to the universal quest for happiness....

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  • Michael Cunningham
    2019-06-13 09:56

    I haven't been reading or writing much lately, but I did just finish Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a book that was given to me long ago by a friend of my brother. The friend was addicted to heroin at the time and had just pawned off my acoustic guitar I lent him in order to buy more junk. He came to me shortly after the event and told me he had something for me while reaching into his backpack. I knew my guitar wouldn't fit in the bag... and I wasn't using heroin.. so I had zero idea what the hell he was about to give me. Out of his bag he pulled out a beat up copy of `Way of the Peaceful Warrior', handed it to me with a smile, and said `I never give my books to anyone, but I want you to have this'. I glanced at the front cover, which boldly claimed it was a `Book That Changes Lives', and automatically thought `heard that one before', said thanks, and put it in my bag. In retrospect I noticed he was a lot calmer than usual, but I didn't make any connection between that and the book he gave me. At the time I was so absorbed in my own little world that I had minimal awareness of other people and my environment.I read a couple of pages a day or two later, and deciding I wasn't interested in the story, put it back in the bookshelf where it collected dust for a while. That was maybe a year ago, I can't recall, but quite recently I saw the friend again, after a long absence, and found out that he was leaving Melbourne for good to move to Hawaii. So I decided I would read that book he gave me; after all, he had previously introduced me to The Alchemist, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shantaram, so I figured he was a on a roll with good books. I read the book in Bali in a couple of days, and I didn't want it to end. After I finished it I felt a zest that I hadn't felt in a long time; I bubbled with energy and appreciation for life. Has this book changed my life? Definitely. Infinite gratitude goes to the friend who gave me the book, whose life appears to have changed as well: he has now kicked his heroin addiction, is practicing a vegan diet, and is getting married to a beautiful girl in Hawaii!It's a good thing I didn't read the book when I first received it, because I don't think I was at a stage in my life where I could appreciate such a book, or absorb its insights. This is the sort of book that will come to you when you are ready, and I don't doubt that you will read it more than once when that time comes. As for the story, it's not important, but I'll humour you and say it's about a young gymnast named Dan Millman (the book's author: it's a partly autobiographical book) who discovers an old nameless man at a gas station, whom he develops a teacher/student relationship with. Dan calls the old man Socrates, which is a very fitting name for two reasons: 1. Socrates, the Greek philosopher, was very wise. And 2. No one knows whether Socrates really existed, as he only exists within the writings of Plato, his pupil. Socrates is for the most part shrouded in mystery, but what does get revealed to you about him I will not ruin. This is a book that I think is best to know as little about as possible before reading. All I will say is that the book follows the relationship of Dan and Soc till the very end as Dan, and the reader, struggle to come to terms with the new world Socrates has opened up - a world of infinite energy and potential.

  • Otis Chandler
    2019-06-16 02:58

    I first read this after college when my father gave it to me as a graduation gift. I almost didn't read it, but was very glad I did as it was very impactful on me, and I think helped shape me into the person I am today. I recently decided to re-read it after a meditation teacher was talking about it - and was glad to discover that it's just as relevant to my life now as it was before. It's a book I can easily see myself re-reading every 5-10 years.The book is a story about how to be mindful and live a happy, aware life - coached in the story of young Berkeley gymnast who meets an old man - who he names Socrates - at a gas station. Socrates becomes his coach and mentor - and teaches him that his goals in life were all wrong. If there is a motto of the book it's this quote, which I've had on my wall since I first read this book:"There are no ordinary moments!"The way of the peaceful warrior is to appreciate every moment, regardless of how dull or ordinary it may seem. To live in the now. Once you become aware of this, it's kind of amazing how much of our time we don't spend in the current moment - instead worrying about the past or the future. Our minds are swimming with the thoughts and worries of our lives, and we lack the easy ability to just be present. As Socrates said:My mind is like a pond without ripples. Your mind is full of waves because you feel separated from, and often threatened by, an unplanned, unwelcome occurrence. Your mind is like a pond into which someone has just dropped a boulder!"The best way to live in the present moment is to learn to meditate. Meditation teaches you to become aware when the mind wanders, and that awareness is a muscle that like all muscles, needs constant exercise or it becomes diminished. What I liked about the book was it discusses where meditation can go - and how one can be meditating constantly. In fact, it's not really meditation, but the art of focusing the mind that feels so good and fulfilling to us. This is why sports are so great - you are forced to focus your mind 100% on what you are doing, and distracting thoughts fade to the background. That ability to focus is calming, and appealing. I like how the book explains that using gymnastics. "Silence is the warrior’s art — and meditation is his sword. With it, you’ll cut through your illusions. But understand this: the sword’s usefulness depends upon the swordsman. If you don’t know how to use the weapon properly, it can become a dangerous, deluding, or useless tool. Meditation can initially help you to relax. You may put your ‘sword’ on display, proudly show it to friends. The gleam of this sword distracts many meditators until they abandon it to seek other esoteric techniques."But I liked how the book goes much deeper than meditation. There were cool bits about breathing properly, monitoring your internal organs, massage, having the mindset of a child, and eating healthily. "The pleasure from eating, Dan, is more than the taste of the food and the feeling of a full belly. Learn to enjoy the entire process — the hunger beforehand, the careful preparation, setting an attractive table, chewing, breathing, smelling, tasting, swallowing, and the feeling of lightness and energy after the meal. You can even enjoy the full and easy elimination of the food after it’s digested. When you pay attention to all elements of the process, you'll begin to appreciate simple meals."Highly recommended.

  • S. Ayleen Edwin
    2019-05-28 08:54

    The wisdom preached in this book is intense and it is a read that is difficult to put down. Having said that; I have difficulty recommending the book. It is apparent that Millman is passionate and knowledgeable. He is not, however, a writer. I would have liked to see this work ghost-written. The fourth quarter of the book was painful in its story-telling and while I understand the potential device used to portray that the time away from his teacher was less focused, I feel those 8 years might have at least deserved more than the handful of pages given. I understand there is a sequel that details these years. I do not plan to read it. As much as I admired Socrates, and will keep what I learned from him; I have no interest whatsoever in Dan's character. The careless treatment of the 4th quarter of the story both troubled and insulted my soul. I was outraged at the sheer idiocy of the protagonist as I watched him abandon in the first available moment all of the wisdom he had gathered in the previous 75% of the book. Never in my whole life have I wanted the hero to fail so completely, simply with the justification that he deserves it because he's a moron. Again, if it's a memoir - Dan, you have my sympathies that you had to endure heartbreak to find happiness, but you should have paid attention to the teachings and the vision your possible life in the beginning. If this part was fiction - congratulations, you made me disgusted by your character. It can of course be argued that any work that creates this level of emotion (it's had me upset all weekend) deserves a higher rating. There are teachings here that I hope to carry with me forever (even though I had already learned them in my own experiences). My friend, the Taekwondo instructor, has read it several times and adores it. Going to prove that the value of a work truly depends on who you are, from what perspective you are reading, and what you hope to gain from it.

  • Deborah Edwards
    2019-06-13 08:50

    Absolute crap. I still can't believe how truly bad this was, because a friend recommended it based on the alleged monumental effect it had on his life, and it appears to be quite highly rated by the majority of Goodreads readers. I don't know what they saw that I didn't, but I found this a completely ludicrous, utterly fabricated story told through unlikable, two-dimensional characters. The writing is abominable. Seriously abominable. I spent most of the time wondering how it had even managed to get published, let alone make it into repeated printings, sequels, and - apparently - a film (!). The book purports to teach deep, mysterious lessons of the "warrior's path," and yet I have learned more penetrating lessons watching reruns of "Kung Fu" which, in fact, were far better written and more emotionally stirring than this complete dreck. The only reason I am even giving it a star is because I believe it was well-intentioned. If this book changes your life, good for you, I mean it - all my best to you. All it did for me was waste several hours of my life that I will never get back. For those in flux, skip it and watch some Kwai Chang Caine - trust me on this one.

  • Brian Kelley
    2019-05-28 07:06

    Awful. After near­ly four months of labored read­ing, I fin­ished Dan Mill­man's The Way of the Peace­ful War­rior--the lit­er­ary world's first hol­low choco­late bunny. Rec­om­mend­ed to me by an 8th grade stu­dent, I was instant­ly "in" and excit­ed to dig in. A stu­dent hand­ed me this book and I need­ed to read it for the sheer sake of the con­nec­tion, the abil­i­ty to talk about it with him and around other students--this was perfect. The expe­ri­ence and my plan to use it as the great uniter in my class­room unrav­eled quickly...and I forced myself to read it, to stick with it, because the kid rec­om­mend­ed it to me and I want­ed to be able to say I fin­ished it. I fin­ished it today with lit­tle good to say about it--actually, I am more aston­ished that its sold mil­lions and touts itself as "the book that changes lives." Over the course of the past four months, I've read three other books, start­ed anoth­er, and have sev­er­al wait­ing in the wings--I just could not wait to clear this off my plate, yet rarely want­ed to pick it up to work through it. A true story? A true metaphor? A roman­ti­cized life expe­ri­ence turned Joycean epiphany? The jour­ney of poor lit­tle rich and con­fused boy? It is either bor­ing sto­ry­telling by some­one who evi­dent­ly duped the lit­er­ary world much as James Frey did, OR it is a most­ly true story as Mill­man remem­bers and roman­ti­cizes it and wills it to be, yet still writ­ten poorly. Either way, you need your own spir­i­tu­al jour­ney to keep going. Some­one noti­fy the Smok­ing Gun web­site! I don't dis­miss the spir­i­tu­al nature of Dan's jour­ney or the (pur­port­ed) teach­ings of the wise and sub­tly nick­named "Socrates" who could leap to and from rooftops, place his hands on Dan and send him on jour­neys into the great­ly secret cave to face Darth Vader, and then die in a bril­liant flash of light in the water closet...without a trace of ash or dust...the same ash or dust which is sup­posed to be a part of the elm, the rodents, the grass and the breeze...we are every­thing and everywhere...except when we vapor­ize in a gas sta­tion lava­to­ry. Dan leaves the ser­vice station--its night employ­ee just died in a toi­let flambe--and no one is left to pump the gas. Or tell the sta­tion owner why its night employ­ee van­ished. Per­haps Socrates owned the ser­vice station--that is never made clear. He used an office, per­haps it was his. Did Dan leave a note for the day shift? Did Dan take over the sta­tion and turn it into a mod­est invest­ment which enabled him to write his book and sell his movie? Which leads me to the moment just before the spec­tac­u­lar Roman Can­d­lesque death of Socrates... Socrates hand­ed a Dan a note­book of the his­to­ry of life so Dan could also write books, be a teacher, make a movie, and take what was once (the point of the book!) a very pri­vate act of going on a per­son­al jour­ney of self-discovery and bas­tardiz­ing it into a paycheck. Socrates even instructs Dan that liv­ing more sim­ply is the key to being a peace­ful warrior--get used to liv­ing with less and then you'll always have enough. Get used to liv­ing with less...except when you are cash­ing it in, eh Dan? This is A Mil­lion Lit­tle Pieces meets the Karate Kid meets The Bach­e­lor. I don't buy it...well, I did buy it, but I won't buy the sequel or the Jour­neys of Socrates or under­stand the fas­ci­na­tion behind a mil­lion copies sold. Just sim­ply awful.

  • Olivia
    2019-06-16 06:54

    Either he was high when he wrote it or I need to be high to read it.

  • Kelly
    2019-06-18 06:52

    While this book may be 'too simple' for some literary types, I feel it is an excellent story that can speak to all people from all walks of life. It takes an 'Average Joe' type and follows his unfolding toward true self-awareness. Millman's approach makes deep stuff an easy and enjoyable read. It's refreshing compared to some of the "serious elitist" spiritual books that are out there. I have read it 5 times and get so many new things from it each time I read it...it's definitely a timeless gift that does in fact "change lives"...kudos to Dan!

  • Beeta
    2019-05-30 02:01

    I hate that they made a movie about this book. I think it cheapened the message. It is beautifully written and well worth the time, as is the book that follows this one...

  • Gordana Vuckovic-Glusac
    2019-05-29 08:47

    Precious lessons:- There are no ordinary moments.- The time is now, the place is here.Live until you die!Thank you, Dan MillmanWhat time is it?Now.Where are you?Here.

  • Kenny Murphy
    2019-06-15 10:00

    Also known as Way of the Peaceful Warrior: The Book That Changes Lives Someone recommended this book to me many years ago and I finally got around to reading it. Its hard to describe exactly what this is, part metaphysical/self help book, part autobiography/novel, if that makes sense. It supposed to be based on the early life of the author, who admits he took many liberties with the story. In the story, Dan, a young gymnast, meets a attendant at a gas station late one night who makes an impression on him. He gives the old man the nickname "Socrates", and ends up becoming his protege.I'm always skeptical of people who claim that the only way to achieve true happiness and peace of mind is to subscribe to their philosophy 100%, but this was okay, well worth the read. It was a cute little story with a lot of humor. I didn't get from it what other people have, but I enjoyed it enough to read more of Dan Millman's books in the future.

  • Libby
    2019-06-24 02:00

    This was an interesting book from many perspectives, it kept my attention and it was entertaining and easy to read. However, I found myself questioning a lot of the assertions made and at the risk of sounding all new agey a lot of it didn't resonate with me. Perhaps it was the authors occupation as a gymnast and his preocupation with the physical and his ego. I found it hard to relate to his problems and therefore some of the methods of Socrates. I think perhaps that it was just too masculine a story for me...in my mind warriors do not have to be paragons of physical discipline and strength - a warrior is anyone who moves beyond the flow of the worlds illusions in whatever form they take. As a mother I found myself wondering how he could abandon his daughter so easily and not rate her a mention in his life. I found myself struggling with the same aspect of the Buddhas life as well (not mentioned in this book but just an observation of mine). It seems all very well and good for men to up and leave their partners and children to acheive enlightenment but someone must look after the children...children need love and nurturing - that to me is the essence of enlightenment. I think I need to go and find some stories about women achieving enlightenment through everyday means, women awakening through being mothers - finding their divinity through piles of dirty nappies and sleepless nights with sick children...

  • Barrett
    2019-06-02 09:13

    i wanted to like this book more; perhaps i didn't because i had expected some Simple Truth in the pages, some life manual that would point me to utter and extreme bliss. to a certain extent, it's there -- if you're looking for the Zen lifestyle. i'm not particularly sold on Zen, though i suppose there are some basic Life Lessons you could glean from this novel: detach yourself from the need to acquire worldly goods, remember we're all part of everything else, etc. however, this is ultimately a story (however modified -- Millman admits to fabricating details here and there) of how one man achieves Supreme Ultimate Happiness. sometimes, you get those lessons he learns; but then when he has out of body experiences, the text gets all loopy and circular, making the reader feel a bit like they're reading about an acid trip. the lead character, Danny, is also a bit irritating -- he's so damned dense and proud it's almost painful to try to follow along with him. overall, it was interesting; i'll definitely watch the film to compare, but the novel was probably just a bit too far out for me.

  • Marcus Solberg
    2019-06-05 10:05

    This book is Millman's vain attempt to weave a supernatural/"esoteric" story out of his - in my opinion pitiful - new age inspired search for meaning and fulfilment in life. Full of "new agey" drivel. The main message of the book is that people generally are too achievement focused and that we don't live in the moment. Nothing new about that idea, but fair enough. However, the book is poorly written, the story dry as firewood and the concepts (as well as how they are woven into the story trough dialogue) communicated are thoroughgoing corny and at times laughable. I can't understand how this book has managed to get so many positive reviews (both here and on amazon.com) and high ratings. To be honest, I can't even understand how Millman could get this piece of balderdash (yes, I just used that word for the first time in my life!) published.This book is a waste of time and is only recommended for people who are very confused about themselves and their lives, and who would like to get even more confused by being sent down hocus-pocus rabbit hole.

  • Ivz Andonova
    2019-06-03 04:52

    Днес в една дискусия за Стивън Кинг (не тук), една жена заяви, че не чете негови книги, защото се интересувала от потенциала на човека, а не от неговите изродщини, като даде за пример “Пътят на мирния воин” на Дан Милман, в която също била показвана тъмната човешка страна, но по вдъхновяващ, а не по ужасяващ начин. Това сравнение ме потресе. И точно пък "Мирният воин"- тази дидактична притча с просветителски уклон, изсмукани ню ейдж уроци от псевдо будистки гуру, претъпкана с клишета за самопомощ. Сега, наясно съм, че ако си духовно изгубен, емоционално уязвим и/или слабо мислещ човек, си потенциална лесна жертва на всеки автор мегаломан, плагиатстващ от основни учения и извъртащ ги както си иска. Но ако търсиш философия и медитация над живота, можеш да ги намериш под много по-добра форма в и творчеството на Кинг. За последния мога да пиша страници, а за “Пътят на мирния воин” ще кажа няколко изречения.Не си губете времето с нея. Няма да се спирам върху възмутата си от тоталната дебилщина на главния герой, но ще кажа, че изключително рядко ми се е случвало да искам главния герой да се провали напълно само заради факта, че е абсолютен малоумник. Иначе героите са едноизмерни, диалога е нестабилен, уроците пречат на разказа, вкарани са дълги скучни секции с инструктивни пасажи и няма много история, а самата тя е суха като пустиня. Изглежда сякаш е някъде между фантастиката и не-фантастиката, с елементи от двете, въпреки че не знам кое кое е. Още повече няма смисъл да четеш фалшива автобиография ако няма добра история. Дори заглавието е глупаво. Дан Милман е много зле като писател и аз се чудя да плача или да се смея от факта, че той преподава писане. Най-хубавото от цялото ми изживяване с “Пътят на мирния воин” е представата ми как Айн Ранд би се въртяла с писъци в гроба ако чуе някои особености от философията на тази книга. Уатева, като говорим за кунг фу, будо, дзен и пътя на воина, предпочитам господин Мияги пред тая книга. Поне като ми казва какво да променя, ще вметне и как да го направя. Най-малкото.И четете Стивън Кинг.

  • Kevin Beary
    2019-06-25 01:59

    This review is for my personal journal not for you to read so feel free not to read this : These are more rambling notes and observations for me to reflect on in the future. As far as the writing , dialogue , character development and interaction , this book is lacking. It was very difficult for me to get through what should`ve been a very quick read. I didn`t really enjoy the characters at all and rarely empathized with them even when confronted with obvious universal "situations" we all have been in. I blame the authors lack of skill at this moment in his life ....he apparently wrote 9 more books , and I must assume he got better.This book did have a few moments of clear thought , fair philosophy , and profound statements. They seemed to be interspersed just enough to make me continue reading. These documentations of insight were surrounded by trite , new-age pseudo-philosophy. I also get the feeling that the few parts of the book that had impactful messages were not written by the author but copied out of an eastern philosophy didactic. I could be wrong.I did find myself HOPING that some aspect of enlightenment or simple truth would be revealed to me , reminding me of my general unhappiness. Some good things to come out of the book and to add to my strivings for happiness...Paradoxically related to the above statement is that happiness is not something you obtain or search or strive for but something that you feel in the here and now - Be happy , don`t resist life . --Even this is weak as I reread what i just wrote. I feel jipped , I had HOPE that some wisdom was going to be related and I don`t think there was enough , especially considering the story one had to suffer thru to recieve this weak wisdom. There was a lot in this book that I just don`t see working for me at the extreme he reccomended. Also , some aspects that I feel are poor philosophy in a world of doers.He seemed to put down his education and reading and put more faith in the physical.. his vegetarian diet , meditation , tai chi , gymnastics and running ... I agree a good diet and good exercise is essential to a happy body/mind but there was just too much emphasis on it. The old man , almost died trying to duplicate the phsicality of his young student.I think working out the brain and expanding your education and understanding of the world has as much import as the physical , esp; the majority of us won`t be able to live a lifelong physically fit life such as this author envisions , and I don`t believe those people are necessarily doomed to unhappiness.The author also poopoos attaining goals , belittles business acumen as unimportant , calls out monetary accumulation as unnecessary etc; this combined with the confusion of , one moment concentrating on the self , and the next advocating altruism and the sacrifice of self. Ayn Rand would spin in her grave and screech about the dangers of such a philosophy in the "real world" we all live in. The spiritual silliness about dying and being in the trees and the birds and the wind , blah blah silliness is just spiritual fluff to mask the fact that death holds no answers. I must say he makes a compelling argument that it should have no sway either.Some of the negativity in here aside, I haven`t written this much of a review on a book in a while so there must be something to it. I would call it hope ...I have hope that one day I will find contentment.I think I do want to read some more self help books to see if I may glean some bits of wisdom that may help me in my goal.other positive thoughts - Happiness = satisfaction/desires - a simpler life and less expensive desires is one easy way to enjoy what you have Pg 133 - an attack on the Aristotelian philosphy of Moderation - compellingStoicism - seems to be an influenceConcentration - harped upon thruought the book- clear your mind of distractions and the silliness of everyday doubts , worries , etc; In the grand scheme , unimportant trivialities. Present moment awareness -- reminds me of some stuff I wrote on my website at

  • Faith Quick
    2019-06-22 09:14

    this is a book that changes lives. it changes your life as you read it in small seemingly insignificant ways. yet you begin to realize your impact you have on all those around you and more importantly the impact you have on yourself. how much you influence how you see the world and how much you live in the world. we need to stand back and look inside ourselves. look at what we like and especially what we don't like. face ourselves. our true selves. be honest. realize your own self potential. i love this book because it reminds me of my humanity and reminds me of my divinity.

  • Robyn
    2019-06-19 06:02

    I have no doubt that this book was life changing for some people, but for anyone who's already done any research into alternate spirituality, this read like "New age 101". For a complete newbie, this might be just what you need to open up new vistas of thought.Be aware though, This book only constitutes the beginning of a journey, and in my opinion, a very flawed start, but if it's what gets you asking questions, then so be it.Like most self help/new age spirituality novels, Way of the Peaceful Warrior tries to have it both ways, and ultimately fails. The lessons imparted by the book get in the way of the narrative, making the story structure very odd, with shallow characters, improbable plot elements and long boring sections of instructive passages.It also fails as an instructional book, as the story telling makes the lessons seem disconnected from reality, and often useless. The teacher character in the book isn't a real person who we can direct our questions at, and the book leaves many. I feel like the book gives an overview of spiritual line of thought, but is really skimpy on the details. It tells you what to do, but there is very little about "how" to accomplish it.It's very rare that a book is able to capably strike this balance; Sophie's World and Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit do the best job I've seen with this genre, but it's not easy trying to alternate religious teachings with an interesting story. Usually one of those elements suffers for it, but in this case, both of them felt lacking.If you are trying to explore your spirituality, this book might just help you out to start with, but if you're left feeling like you missed something, then by all means there is more to explore, and expect a lot of your later reading to contradict what you've picked up here.

  • Tikali
    2019-06-21 03:57

    Gründe, weshalb ich das Buch nicht empfehlen würde:- schon das "dieses Buch, das Leben verändert" wirkt reißerisch - der Schreibstil ist holperig und so mitreißend wie eine fünfstündige Dokumentation über Rechtsverordnungen als historische Textsorte- die "weltbewegende Lehre" besteht eigentlich aus den buddhistischen Grundsätzen gepaart mit der Weltanschauung eines Spinners oder einer Sekte - insbesondere dieser Zwang der von der Lehre ausging, gefiel mir überhaupt nicht! - die beiden Hauptfiguren (Dan und Soc) habe ich als unsympathisch empfunden - die "Wunder" - ernsthaft?! Passt überhaupt nicht zu diesem biografischen Touch- oder was auch immer das Buch sein will!Alles in allem habe ich das Buch eine Weile lang weitergelesen, weil hier und da ganz interessante Gedanken formuliert waren, aber generell ist mir das zu krass eingefärbt! Da bleibe ich lieber "unerleuchtet" und lese anderes als Dan weiterzufolgen! Laut der Welt des Autors hab ich wahrscheinlich einfach nicht den Humor dafür, aber ich habe auch kein Interesse daran. O.o

  • Ali Reda
    2019-06-20 06:16

    The first realization of a warrior is not knowing.My ignorance is based on this understanding. Your understanding is based on ignorance. This is why I am a humorous fool, and you are a serious jackass.Everything has a purpose, Danny; it‘s for you to make the best use of it.It's just one of the body's changes. When it happens, it happens. The warrior neither seeks nor flees from death.Reading the future is based on a realistic perception of the present. Don't be concerned about seeing the future until you can clearly see the presentKnowledge is not the same as wisdom. Wisdom is the application of knowledge at the right time.One is insight, the willing of attention, the channeling of awareness to focus precisely on what you want to see. The other process is surrendering, letting go of all arising thoughts. That is real meditation; that is how you cut free of the mind.Ultimately, you will learn to meditate your every action.Because your greatest fear is death and your deepest craving is survival. You want Forever, you desire Eternity. In your deluded belief that you are this 'mind' or 'spirit' or 'soul', you find the escape clause in your contract with mortality. Perhaps as 'mind' you can wing free of the body when it dies, hmm??Fear and sorrow inhibit action‘ anger generates is. When you learn to make proper use of your anger, you can change fear and sorrow to anger, then turn anger to action. That‘s the body‘s secret of internal alchemy.The right use of gymnastic to focus your full attention and feeling on your actions; then you will achieve satori. Gymnastics draws you into the moment of truth, when your life is on the line, like a dueling samurai. It demands your full attention: satori or die!?And I felt a growing power, a wave of fury at all those who said I'd never perform again. My passion turned to icy calm. There, in that moment, my fate and future seemed in balance. My mind cleared. My emotions surged with power. Do or die.Warriors, warriors we call ourselves. We fight for splendid virtue, for high endeavor, for sublime wisdom, therefore we call ourselves warriors. — Aunguttara Nikaya a Buddhist scripture.That was to develop your will, you see, and to give your instincts a refresher course. And we can say that habit itself--any unconscious, compulsive ritual--is negative. But specific activities-smoking, drinking, taking drugs, eating sweets, or asking silly questions are bad and good; every action has its price, and its pleasures. Recognizing both sides, you become realistic and responsible for your actions. And only then can you make the warrior's free choice--to do or not to do.Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, making a choice based on that recognition, and then living with that choice without concern.So whether or not my behavior meets your new standards or not, it should be clear to you that I have mastered all compulsions, all behavior. I have no habits; my actions are conscious, intentional, and complete.?It was over; I was through being a slave to random impulses.Why I call myself a Peaceful Warrior? Because the real battles we fight are on the inside.Find your answers from inside.Events may create physical pain but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is? the only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.Never struggle with anyone or anything. When you’re pushed, pull; when you’re pulled, push.Granted that you may, in fact, experience the mind of a warrior on occasion; resolute, flexible, clear, and free of doubt. You can develop the body of a warrior, lithe, supple, sensitive, and filled with energy. In rare moments, you may even feel the heart of a warrior, loving everything and everyone who appears before you. But these qualities are fragmented in you. You lack integration. My task is to put you back together again, Humpty.There are no ordinary moments.This moment is the only thing that matters.Where are you? HereWhat time is it? NowWhat are you? This moment.The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.If you have enough money to satisfy your desires, Dan, you are rich. But there are two ways to be rich: You can earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet expensive desires; or, you can cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have more than enough money.The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.Wake up! Wake up! Soon the person you believe you are will die - so now, wake up and be content with this knowledge: there is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all ONE, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor, and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life; just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are for more than you imagine. you are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else too! It's all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor. Don't worry, just be happy. You are already free!I looked aimlessly at the clouds below, drained of ambition. All these years I had been sustained by an illusion--happiness through victory--and now that illusion was burned to ashes. I was no happier, no more fulfilled, for all my achievements.Finally I saw through the clouds. I saw that I had never learned how to enjoy life, only how to achieve. All my life I had been busy seeking happiness, but never finding or sustaining it.

  • Jesse
    2019-06-25 03:11

    I'm going to keep this one short, or at least try to, because, to put it simply, this book was a huge disappointment.Loosely based on the spiritual journey and personality transformations of the author's youth, the story ended up far too fictionalized and fantastic to remain credible. At first, the young man's personal struggles were very easy to relate to, and the events that started him on the path to eventual enlightenment were ordinary and believable enough, and my attention was firmly captured. As things progressed, though, I began to lose interest at a rapidly increasing pace. The two main characters are complete opposites: A young fool who questions everything and can't see the answers even when they're dangled right in front of his eyes, and a wise, confident, almost super-human old man devoted to his unlikely young apprentice's 'education.' While this dichotomy is rather amusing at first, it soon becomes tiresome and annoying, especially after Dan has supposedly progressed and learned but still has absolutely no character development to display it. That progression and learning is achieved through revelations brought about not by life experience or circumstance, but instead in hypnotic visions which quickly become less relevant and more fantasy-laden. The adages and snippets of moral story that the author tries to fit into the book are stuck in seemingly at random, sometimes too few and far between to follow, and sometimes packed so close together that they blend and lose all significance. By the end, I was glossing over much of the material because I was simply beyond caring.This title was on the recommended reading list for my dojo, and my Sensei had spoken highly of it, so I was expecting better, but in the end I was just forcing myself to keep turning the pages and cross this one off the list. The life lessons that can be taken from it are good, don't get me wrong, but in the end it just felt like the same old self-help seminar in new packaging; while it's certainly more interesting than sitting through a two-hour lecture, it's also a lot more of a time commitment to take away the same basic concepts. While the material might be new and life-altering to some, it was little more than a chore for me at this time.

  • Tyler Demos
    2019-06-22 02:53

    The book The Way of The Peaceful Warrior is a story of how a man named Dan Millman became a "warrior". By finding out on his own just what really matters and what is most important in life. This book is great for people who are struggling to find out the important things in life. It is a good life lesson, and it uses powerful words and sayings that help the reader better understand the importance of the book. It shows how young people can often that they have full control over their lives when in fact they have no control over anything. It is very inspiring to read this story, because it shows how one person could see what his mistakes were, learn how to fix them, fix them and then become a brand new man. The book shows many ways that a person can change their life for the better. These ways include better ways of interacting, eating, breathing, and many others. It shows how love is the main and most important aspect of life. Also, how everything happens for a reason, whether it's good or it's bad. If I was to give this book a rate, a rate from one to ten, it would probably be within the eight range. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure and also likes to learn a good life lesson and likes a book that you can learn a lot from. I have really enjoyed reading this book. I have gotten alot out of it.

  • Thomas
    2019-06-17 05:59

    I think the biggest warning sign for this new-age fluff piece is that it says in the title "a book that changes lives"...if a book has to say it in the title, it ain't true. Let the text of the book speak for itself, and it's effects on the reader - don't make it a "sell point". Lame.I *AM* a new-age, eclectic person and I gagged audibly at some of the tripe in this book. Yes, I finished it (yecch), but like a meal which one eats at the in-laws house as to not offend them, it left me with indigestion.What really ticked me off was that it's presented as a true story by Millman, but then he goes off on these hallucinogenic tangents that are NOT "real life" (yes, he may have experienced them allegorically), which just cheapens the whole thing as he passes them off as "god's honest truth" (I swear he really just jumped up on top of the gas station, really!)Not recommended for people SERIOUS about changing their lives. If you want to follow a vegetarian diet like Millman, read 'Diet for a New America' by Robbins. This is just a mish mash of personal stories embellished a LOT to make them INCREDIBLE and MEANINGFUL.

  • jack
    2019-06-22 07:09

    i read this book in about five hours on an airplane. i can see how it would grate on your nerves if you weren't in the right mental place/place in your life to read it. i just sort of read around the annoying crap and it was good for me. if you're interested in metaphysic hippy magic bullshit this will be good for you. otherwise you'll be all like, "puh-leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!"there is this one part though, i think it's the most important part, right at the end, and i'm putting it in here so you can just skip the whole thing and get right to the point. the main character is talking to his teacher and his teacher gives him one last assignment, and he says, basically: "this is your last assignment, and it goes on forever. it never ends. just this: be happy, act happy, that is all. be an unreasonably happy man." that's really all i want to do in life.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-30 04:59

    I read this book in French so maybe it's a translation problem, but I just couldn't get past Millman's seemingly boastful tone. Even the title seems presumptuous. I realize the focus is supposed to be on Socrates' teachings - much of which is genuinely interesting - but I found myself being continually irritated by the author's way of talking about himself. Somehow it rubbed me the wrong way. And I might just be too cynical, but the frequent inspirational quotes were a little much.

  • Peter Upton
    2019-06-12 05:04

    If you are going to write a fictional book as a vehicle for your spiritual beliefs such as Richard Bach's 'Illusions' that is fine and the reader can still take a lot from the book. But if you are writing about spiritual or mystical events that really did happen to you then you should stick to the true events because to merge the true spiritual events with completely fictional events, as the author admits to having done, 'blending fact and fiction', means that you can take nothing of lasting value from this book in terms of spiritual lessons or mystical knowledge which is a great shame.For me and probably hundreds more of Goodread's budding authors, the most valuable part of the book that gives us all hope was the Afterword where he recounts spending ten years writing the book, then the rejection slips flowed, finally he found an agent who then finally found a publisher who eventually gave up because the bookshops wouldn't buy a book that didn't fit neatly into a category Fact or Fiction. How that resonated with me! (Here comes a fictional conversation by me, based on fact.) Publisher; "Is it a Bereavement book, an autobiography, an inspirational book, a spiritual journey book, a travel book, a self-discovery book or what? Is it about you or your son?" "Well, it's all of those things and quite a few more. Because it is a true story and true stories are part of life and don't fit into neat categories." "Sorry, the middlemen who supply the bookshops won't touch it if it doesn't fit neatly into a category so neither will we." And so his book rights were returned to him and the book sat in the 'out of print section' for three years until another publisher took it up but it then took him at least two years to persuade the bookstore chains to put just one copy in each store and .............................'Then something magical happened- something called word of mouth."It then went on to become a bestseller!So to all of you budding authors out there reading this by the light and heat of burning rejection slips I say; "Let's all fall down on our bended knees tonight and pray to the god of Word Of Mouth that he blows just a little of his stardust in our direction."

  • Tony Bertauski
    2019-06-01 01:47

    Many of the events in this book are said to be true, but the book is fictional. Right from the start, I was yearning to hear Dan Millman's true story, not a fake one. And I never got past that. As a guide to changing lives, as the title suggests, I applaud the author's efforts to introduce spiritual elements into everyday living. An introspective way of life can be rich and rewarding, and for those searching for deeper meaning this tale points the way. Clearly, many people have found it useful. As a novel, the characters are one-dimensional and the dialog clunky and there's not much of a story. It's seems to be stuck between fiction and non-fiction with elements of both mixed together, although we don't know which is which. There doesn't seem much point in reading a fake autobiography unless it has a good story arc. Maybe if the main character's name wasn't the author's name I wouldn't have been so hung up on this. It's kind of Dan Millman's story, but not really. If it's going to be a novel, I would've been more interested in a captivating story that demonstrates spiritual growth and development rather than fictional characters telling me how to do it. However, I'd rather Dan just write a autobiography that's true. Either one would've been better than something in-between. If a reader wants to learn meditation and an introspective way of living, I'd suggest one of many good authors/teachers in Zen or Work-centered practices. Not this book. However, I gave this book 2 stars because it may lead someone to deeper study in these areas and, for that reason, it would be worthwhile.

  • Joan
    2019-06-02 07:59

    I read this at the urging of my son. It just mostly made me feel old. As a few other reviewers have pointed out, there is not anything truly new in this book. Most of it is Asian mysticism made more palatable through American experiences by using an American college student as the focus. A subplot with a romance feels quite forced, as if the author figured he better put in some romance so people can relate to the book better and find it interesting enough to begin reading it. Many people have said every single bit of wisdom listed in this book. I suspect mostly young people read this and find it amazing. Older people have read other books and discovered that there are flaws in the philosophy. One thing that all these beliefs leave out are people who physically can't be happy, which sounds melodramatic but is true. People who are chronically depressed, who cope with schizophrenia, and other mental illness, don't need to be told just be happy with the implication that you are failing spirituality if you can't just decide to be happy. It is something that isn't going to happen, unfortunately. There is more to attaining happiness than deciding to have a good attitude and be happy. Remember, this book was written at a time when the motto "don't worry, be happy" was popular. I want to be kind to someone who clearly is very ernest about his book, but really, if I could do it, I'd give this 2.5 stars so I rounded up.

  • Sean
    2019-05-28 04:53

    This book reminded me of The Empire Strikes Back when Luke meets Yoda mixed with the karate kid. I can't say my life was changed but it does have that classic teacher/student life lesson theme that people will spend money on.

  • عبد الزيود
    2019-06-20 03:46

    أقرأ هذه الرواية / سيرة الحياة للمرة الثانية هذا الكتاب يشعّ وجوديةً ويلقم القارئ الطموح بملعقة اللغة، وبلا شكّ، أنصح بقراءته، بل أتوسّل للجميع أن يقرؤوه، وإن كان لي عمر ووقت وقدرة، فسوف أترجمه بكل حب. شكرًا دان ميلمان، شكرًا (سُقـ)

  • Chris Porter
    2019-06-11 04:49

    A thank you to my friends Daniel and Kate who gifted me this book for my 30th Birthday. As a present, it was 5 out of 5. Very thoughtful and, most importantly, it entered my life with excellent timing. It helped to consolidate a lot of my current thoughts in to a more solid model.'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' is a fiction story about one young man's mentorship with a character called Socrates. As a novel, this book is bordering on awful. The prose is amateurish and the dialogue cliched.But as a guide, this book is excellent.By using a fictional story the author gives you a ring-side seat to a Socratic discussion about the nature of mindfulness and reality. You could call this a guide on how to be happy. A kind of Buddhism meets Hollywood.Below are my overall take-aways. But first, an apology. It is in fact very difficult to describe these concepts without sounding a little bit like a loon. This is partly due to the fact that we don't have a mutually agreed upon vocabulary to describe internal experience. What I call mind, spiritual, awareness, fear, anxiety, calmness or spontaneity... you likely call something else.Here we go:The mind is an incessant internal narrative of images, sounds and feelings which act to distract you from the only thing that exists; the here and now. This present moment. There is no past or future - only representations of them, created by the mind.That definition of mind is important to remember as you read more of my summary.A "warrior" must become neither attached to, nor resist, the thoughts generated by the mind. Instead, cultivate "satori" - this is a zen concept that describes your attention resting in the present moment.Sometimes we call this awareness Flow. Sometimes we call it Calm. Sometimes we call it Meditation. Sometimes we call it Relaxation. Depending on your choice of vocabulary, you may have used these or any other words to describe it.It is the state where your awareness is focused on the now without judgement of what your mind is throwing up. Thoughts that your mind generate are neither positive nor negative until you focus your awareness on to them allowing you to assign them a label via a judgement. "This pizza sucks!"... "These shoes are the best!".The "warrior" chooses to "let it go" - do not attach or resist the thought. Just, let it go.Awareness comes before the mind. In fact, the only reason there is a mind to begin with is because you grant awareness to the thoughts.You are not your mind. You are what precedes your thoughts. You are pure awareness. Thought experiment: Change your clothes and the music you listen to, are you still you? Yes. Cut off your leg, are you still you? Yes. Change your behaviour and are you still you? Yes. Change your opinions, are you still you? Yes. So what are you? The argument pertains that you are fundamentally, nothing but, awareness. Although you are not your mind, we mostly live under the illusion that we are our minds. This is Plato's Allegory of the Cave. What your mind throws up is not reality - it is simply a representation of reality. We then focus our awareness on to that representation (the shadows of Plato's cave) and hey presto, the illusion that we are our mind.In other words; you become what you focus on.Because we focus our awareness on our mind we live in a state of reaction to the mind's thoughts. Our behaviour becomes nothing but habit. Someone dies and we cry, we agree to the expectations of others and we feel stressed, our business goes under and we feel depressed, someone makes a joke and we laugh, someone gives us a gift and we are grateful. Both the "good" and "bad" behaviours are reactions. They are habits.When you let your mind lead the way, all of your happiness and sadness is dependent upon whatever habit you spent a lifetime cultivating.But when you are instead aware of only the present moment, you remove yourself being reactive to situations. Instead, from a place of emptiness, you can now choose your behaviour. You can be truly spontaneous only when your behaviour has become a choice.So when that happens, choose to be unreasonably happy.Because that is who you are.