By Donald Miller

ISBN-10: 1400202981

ISBN-13: 9781400202980

After writing a winning memoir, Donald Miller's lifestyles stalled. in the course of what must have been the peak of his luck, he came across himself unwilling to get off the bed, keeping off accountability, even wondering the that means of existence. but if motion picture manufacturers proposed turning his memoir right into a motion picture, he stumbled on himself embarked on a brand new tale jam-packed with hazard, probability, good looks, and meaning.

A Million Miles in one thousand Years chronicles Miller's infrequent chance to edit his existence right into a nice tale, to reinvent himself so not anyone shrugs their shoulders whilst the credit roll. via heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers during the existence that emerges while it turns from dull fact into significant narrative.

Miller is going from snoozing all day to driving his motorcycle throughout the US, from dwelling in romantic daydreams to apprehensive encounters with love, from losing his cash to founding a nonprofit with a passionate reason. Guided by way of a bunch of outlandish yet very actual characters, Miller exhibits us the right way to get a moment probability at existence the 1st time round. A Million Miles in one thousand Years is an extraordinary social gathering of the wonderful thing about life.

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36 All that I possess and use Is like the fleeting vision of a dream. It fades into the realms of memory; And fading, will be seen no more. 37 And even in the brief course of this present life, So many friends and foes have passed away, Because of whom, the evils I have done Still lie, unbearable, before me. 38 The thought came never to my mind That I too am a brief and passing thing. And so, through hatred, lust, and ignorance, I’ve been the cause of many evils. 39 Never halting, night or day, My life is slipping, slipping by.

In verses 24 through 26, Shantideva again accumulates merit by giving of himself. 24 To buddhas of the past, the present, and all future time, And to the Doctrine and Sublime Assembly, With bodies many as the grains of dust Upon the ground, I will prostrate and bow. 25 To shrines and all supports Of bodhichitta I bow down: All abbots who transmit the vows, all learned masters, And all noble ones who practice Dharma. 26 Until the essence of enlightenment is reached, I go for refuge to the buddhas.

He enthusiastically offers all the beauty he perceives in the world; he offers himself; and he offers elaborate visualizations of the best gifts imaginable. When we make offerings of real value, the act of giving so runs against the grain of our habitual selfishness that the effect is liberating. Giving enables us to let go of those attachments that increase our vulnerability and fear. In this way, the practice ventilates the claustrophobia of self-absorption and moves us closer to the generous mind of bodhichitta.

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