Summary[ edit ] The story tells of a chance meeting with a service station attendant who becomes a spiritual teacher to the young gymnastDan Millman.
Summary[ edit ] The story tells of a chance meeting with a service station attendant who becomes a spiritual teacher to the young gymnastDan Millman. The attendant, whom Millman names Socratesbecomes a kind of father figure and teaches Millman how to become a "peaceful warrior". Plot[ edit ] At the beginning of the story, Dan experiences a series of nightmares, where he is in a dark lane.
In front of him is Deathabout to claim his life, when an old man appears out of nowhere and confronts Death. One particular night, Dan heads out to an all night gas station, where he meets the same old man from his dreams.
Dan, nervous, leaves immediately, but as he turns back, he sees the man standing on the roof. Surprised that he could move so quick, Dan strikes up a conversation with the old man, and calls him Socrates.
Dan begins to meet Socrates on a regular basis, and is interested in his philosophy. Socrates ridicules Dan, pointing out that he is trapped in the illusions created by his mind, causing Dan so much trouble.
Dan keeps a diary and is surprised that his mind is so troubled, that he is used to it. Dan demands Socrates to teach him. Socrates begins his initiation, by showing Dan visions of his whole life; his purpose; the world and "re arranges" the young man's mind. Socrates tells Dan that he should eliminate attachments and live in the present, but warns him that it would be a painful journey.
A few weeks later, Dan suffers an accident, where his right leg is badly fractured. Socrates arrives and accelerates Dan's healing process. Socrates instructs Dan to take up celibacy, consume only light food and avoid intoxicating substances.
Dan is frustrated, and even fails once, but resumes. Next, Socrates begins to train Dan physically, making him run, correcting his poise and breath, practice tai chimeditation and aikido and refine his gymnastics. Dan graduates and Socrates decides to part ways with him, as Dan must travel his path on his own.
Dan gets married to Linda, but the marriage fails. He travels around the world for six years, learning new physical teachings, but is unable to find peace.
Dejected, Dan returns to Berkeley, to an old place which Socrates had told him about long ago. Dan meets Socrates again, now over hundred years old.
Socrates tells Dan that he is almost near to his goal. Mystified, Dan follows Socrates to an ancient Native American burial ground. A thunderstorms breaks out and the two go inside a cave.
Dan experiences a vision where he dies but still remains conscious. He finally overcomes his fear of death. Socrates reminds Dan of his teachings and that he must be happy without any reason.
Socrates and Dan return home. Dan wonders where Socrates is and opens the door.
Socrates has disappeared, died presumably. Dan returns home as a wiser man. He falls in love and marries Joyce, who is revealed to be Joy. Way of the Peaceful Warrior was followed by three sequels:Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a fantastic story of a young man and his personal and spiritual journey.
The characters Dan and Socrates are especially enjoyable. I first read this book in and have owned and shared many copies since then/5(). A fantastic book that I recently finished reading and studying is the Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, which has really changed my way of thinking lately and I've been working on practicing the concepts in the book.
Discover my review of Dan Millman's book today. 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.
The Peaceful Warrior 4-Minute Meditation By Dan Millman. 1, people have taken this course. Critics Consensus: Based on a best-selling memoir, Peaceful Warrior loses something in the transition from page to screen. It hits the viewer over the head with philosophical jargon, and.
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