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Indeed, Way of the Peaceful Warrior does just that with its piercing truths, lively narrative and humorous wisdom. Like Castaneda, it enables the reader to reflect on the deepest questions of life. Yet unlike Don Juan, it spotlights the path to a happy, uncomplicated life without dependency on drugs.
Told with drama and insight, the novel revolves around Dan, a world champion gymnast and student at the University of California at Berkeley. The story begins when Dan meets his powerful 96-year-old mentor Socrates, an all-night gas station attendant.
Guided by this wise old mentor and tempted by an elusive and playful woman named Joy, Dan journeys through everyday reality and metaphysical realms. He travels the paths of flesh and spirit, romance and terror, light and darkness, laughter and magic, learning new ways to see the world and live life fully.
Thematically, this tale of the eternal human quest for the meaning of life is the path of transformation and enlightenment. It uncovers concepts known deep inside but really allowed to wake up and be content with this knowledge. There is no need to search, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One - and the only laws are paradox, humor and change.
After reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior don't tuck it away on a bookshelf to gather dust. Keep it close at hand, and recapture guidance from many of the metaphors sprinkled throughout the story. The secret of happiness, Socrates so aptly points out, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. -- Association for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter, July, 1984
Remarkably wise, provocatively humorous, and hauntingly beautiful. It may even change the lives of many who peruse its pages. -- Dr. Stanley Krippner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a great book. The title states it all. I am a swim coach and Dan's writing has helped me become more enlightened and now I passing this onto the athletes that I have the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Michael A. Kraeuter
I read this because it was in a suggested reading list in another book. My opinion is that the few nuggets of good advice there (live simply, focus on the present, eat well, etc. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Maia Burns
I think may should read other books as well I do not feel like story is complete. But I enjoyed to reed it!Published 1 month ago by Oxana
I was told to purchase this book about 20 years ago but didn't. I had written the name down and kept coming across it. And I decided this time to purchase the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by janette schulz
I am a faithful Christian. So many in the faith are afraid to open themselves to the "eastern ways". This book caught my attention and kept it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by StarkJA
One of the best books I've ever read. Now I want to read his other books.Published 1 month ago by R. G. Lippold
I love this book! It changed the way I thought about life.such detail and highly amusing. Its more than a book, in my eyes it's the way. I highly recommend this book to All.Published 1 month ago by lisa