Cultivating Inner Peace: Exploring the Psychology, Wisdom, and Poetry of Gandhi, Thoreau, the Buddha, and Others / Edition 1

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The way to inner peace is illuminated in this accessible guide to tending one's inner landscape. The lives of outstanding figures such as the Buddha, Walt Whitman, and Gandhi are used to connect the ideal of inner peace with how real people cultivate peace in their everyday lives. Peacefulness as dynamic, selective, and egoless is shown through the constructive act of choosing different ways of life, such as having a smaller family or a more modest career. A message of hope and inspiration permeates this pragmatic approach and is exemplified by the author's own practice of meditation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book shows how anyone can attain peace and serenity in daily life. Cultivating Inner Peace is pure joy."  —Larry Dossey, M.D., author, Prayer Is Good Medicine and Healing Words

"A long-lasting, wonderful read...calls us back to be re-read, then to be read out loud to [those] we love."  —Sylvia Boorstein, author, It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness

"Invites readers to draw on the human legacy of generosity and inner peace in reflecting on their own personal values."  —Library Journal

Library Journal
Psychiatrist and author Fleischman discusses eight principles for making peace a way of life, including clearly identifying obstacles to peace, learning from spiritual role models, and learning that sorrow can lead to compassion and genuine responsiveness to life. Fleischman's path to peace incorporates the mindfulness of Vipassana meditation with a love of the natural world and a deep concern for the individual's participation in society. By exploring the lives of men and women such as Scott and Helen Nearing, Walt Whitman, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Shakers, Fleischman invites readers to draw on the human legacy of generosity and inner peace in reflecting on their own personal values. Suitable for larger public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928706250
  • Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Fleischman, MD, is the author of The Buddha Taught Nonviolence, Not Pacifism, The Healing Spirit, Karma and Chaos, and Spiritual Aspects of Psychiatric Practice. He has contributed to Landscape, Nature, and The Yale Review. In 1993 he was awarded the Oskar Pfister Award by the American Psychiatric Association for his writing. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Quest for Inner Peace 7
Ch. 2 Peace Is a Personal Encounter: Juan and Kathleen Mascaro 20
Ch. 3 Peace Is Dynamic 31
Ch. 4 Scott and Helen Nearing 37
Ch. 5 Peace Is Selective 49
Ch. 6 Selectivity and the American Family 52
Ch. 7 Selectivity in Contemporary Lives 59
Ch. 8 The Shakers: The Benefits and Limits of Selectivity 69
Ch. 9 Peace Is the Vibrato of Language 81
Ch. 10 Speak Your Peace 83
Ch. 11 Walt Whitman's Poetic Peace 90
Ch. 12 Mahatma Gandhi's Mantric Collage 102
Ch. 13 Peace in Nature 111
Ch. 14 John Muir 116
Ch. 15 Henry David Thoreau 127
Ch. 16 Celebrating with Everyone 138
Ch. 17 Peace Is Facing Sorrow 143
Ch. 18 Sorrow Is a Skill 153
Ch. 19 The Gateway to Sympathetic Joy 160
Ch. 20 Peace Is Humility or Egolessness 167
Ch. 21 Individual Identity Within Egolessness 177
Ch. 22 Peace Is an Ambiance: Rabindranath Tagore 193
Ch. 23 Peace Is Participation 216
Ch. 24 Peace Is Purity 227
Ch. 25 A Personal Experience of Vipassana Meditation 244
Ch. 26 Our Inner Peace Is Earth's Frontier 259
Ch. 27 A Great Cry on Earth 270
Ch. 28 We Are Everywhere 280
Notes 286
Index 295
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