Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior is a film based on the novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Peaceful Warrior is a potentially life changing story. In fact the director Victor Salva claims that it was this story that changed his life while he was in prison serving a sentence for child molestation.

The film received poor reviews at RottenTomatoes.com (26%), a better reviews on IMDB.com (6.9/10), and 4.5/5 stars on Amazon. So many of the films that I enjoy have received terrible reviews. I often wonder what films these critics have enjoyed.

Don’t go see Peaceful Warrior. Don’t tell your friends about it. Try to forget you ever heard of the movie. Clear your mind and live in the now.  ~Tom Long, Detroit News

Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous  ~Nathan Lee, New York Times

You’re in the moment all right, experiencing every passing minute ticking off in slow motion until the blasted thing comes to a merciful end.  ~Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

Dim witted reviews like these leave little room to wonder why Hollywood generally delivers intellectual starved features with 2 or 6 sequels. Watch the movie for yourself and I think you will see the magic that these critics missed.

Quotes

1. “Life has three aspects: Paradox, Humor, and Change.

– Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste time figuring it out.

– Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure

– Change: Know that nothing stays the same.”

2. “There is never nothing going on. There are no ordinary moments.”

3. “When you feel fear. Use the sword, take it up here and cut the mind to ribbons, slash through all those regrets and fears, anything else that lives in past or the future”

4. “A warrior is not about perfection or victory or invulnerability. He’s about absolute vulnerability.”

5. “Everyone wants to tell you what to do and what’s good for you. They don’t want you to find your own answers, they want you to believe theirs.”

6. “I want you to stop gathering information from the outside and start gathering it from the inside.”

7. “People are not their thoughts, they think they are, and it brings them all kinds of sadness.”

8. “Death isn’t sad. The sad thing is: most people don’t live at all.”

9. “Knowledge is knowing, Wisdom is doing.”

10. “Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now. Who are you? This moment!”

One Comment on “Peaceful Warrior

  1. It has also been said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Maybe the critics are just not ready. I found “The Peaceful Warrior” to be a powerful and inspiring story. It is also profoundly and unapolgetically counter-cultural…at least for many of us living in this North American culture. We know how to act or react on the basis of what has happened in our past. We know how to be anxious or fearful about the future. We know how to multi-task and how to live with sensory input coming from many simultaneous sources. But, where do we learn how to find peace by practicing mindfulness? This film gives us at least a glimpse of what that might look like, in the life of an ordinary human being. I’m glad you captured the quotes. I’ve been wanting to do that. There is much for further pondering.