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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 choo 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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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 choo 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.

30 review for Cultivating Inner Peace: Exploring the Psychology, Wisdom and Poetry of Gandhi, Thoreau, the Buddha, and Others

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rwildfon

    Paul R. Fleischman has been a Vipassana meditator for over 30 years. His prose is beautiful. He has taken on the work of explaining this kind of mindfullness and how to get there. Not an easy thing to do. Lovely work.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jule

    I read this book while doing service at Dhamma Dvara, a Vipassana Center in Germany. It is such an inspiring read! I enjoyed every page of it. Fleischman introduces the main principles that are the coordinates for a life full of inner peace. And then chapter by chapter, he describes each principle and presents people who are impersonations of these coordinates. He draws from examples of their day-to-day life, poetry, writings etc. This book is a must if you seek great inspiration, ideas and exam I read this book while doing service at Dhamma Dvara, a Vipassana Center in Germany. It is such an inspiring read! I enjoyed every page of it. Fleischman introduces the main principles that are the coordinates for a life full of inner peace. And then chapter by chapter, he describes each principle and presents people who are impersonations of these coordinates. He draws from examples of their day-to-day life, poetry, writings etc. This book is a must if you seek great inspiration, ideas and examples on how to create for yourself a life full of inner peace. I extracted a long list of other works that i want to read some time soon. Last but not least, Fleischman is a Vipassana meditator. If you are one, too, you may find it interesting to read about his personal experience.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Rereading again in 2013 Reread it in 2012 Finished it the first time late in 2010

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This book's sub-title explains it all. It draws from the wisdom and poetry of so many people from all over the world and from all time-periods to inspire the reader to live more simply and find more beauty in life. This book wasn't only a great read, it will be a continual re-read for the rest of my life. Scott and Helen Nearing are my new heroes, Simple Gifts the song I hope to sing to my children someday, and Monet a painter I'd like to re-discover. The first time I read it I got what I needed This book's sub-title explains it all. It draws from the wisdom and poetry of so many people from all over the world and from all time-periods to inspire the reader to live more simply and find more beauty in life. This book wasn't only a great read, it will be a continual re-read for the rest of my life. Scott and Helen Nearing are my new heroes, Simple Gifts the song I hope to sing to my children someday, and Monet a painter I'd like to re-discover. The first time I read it I got what I needed out of it, but felt he went on about Tagore far longer than was necessary, but the second time I read this? Tagore is now another of my new heroes. His life was truly heroic in every way! This book changed my life. I plan now on reading the books Scott and Helen Nearing wrote, the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, and the translations of ancient texts into English while maintaining their soul and feeling by Juan Mascaro. I'm inspired by these and many more lives of people just like us, human beings who sought the beauty and amazement of life, and truly lived it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Zu

    This is a book that I would return to again and again. When I am reading this book, I feel like Buddha is talking to me in person using a language that I could understand. Instead of telling me what I should do, it is teaching me how I should face and solve my own problems in my specific social context, using my own strength. It reveals a world of inner peace that everyone could cultivate by him/herself.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alonso Martinez

    This is a jewel of a book, which should always be close at hand as an inspiration on how to live fully by seeking peace within. Although Paul Fleischman is a vipassana medidator, and describes how that tecnique has helped him reach inner peace, the wonderful passages relating to such diverse personalities from different cultural backgrounds show that peace can be achieved by those willing to live a simple and fruitful life close to nature and be compassionate with themselves and others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    This book was well written, but in a very academic way. At times, the author seemed like he was trying very hard to be poetic, so it comes across as stilted. He's TELLING, but it didn't really show a picture in the mind or stir any feeling. The book was just too dry and quite frankly boring. I had difficulty reading it for more than 10-20 minutes at a time. It actually has taken 2 years for me to finish...that's how uninterested I was. This book was well written, but in a very academic way. At times, the author seemed like he was trying very hard to be poetic, so it comes across as stilted. He's TELLING, but it didn't really show a picture in the mind or stir any feeling. The book was just too dry and quite frankly boring. I had difficulty reading it for more than 10-20 minutes at a time. It actually has taken 2 years for me to finish...that's how uninterested I was.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Swaroop

    Very peaceful read. Every page in this book has a very peaceful vibration to it. This is one of those books that will stay on my kindle forever and will get back to this book a lot of times. The book manages to make you feel inner peace while letting you experience the the insignificant nature of our thoughts and body since all of that is impermanent in nature.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Raghu

    Enjoyed reading this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Although I didn't always agree with the author, I found his insights into some of the world's great thinkers fascinating and insightful. Although I didn't always agree with the author, I found his insights into some of the world's great thinkers fascinating and insightful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Jones

    A fantastic read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Robbins

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Galvin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Geraldine

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  17. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Dunn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tribble

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Rivera

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rhishi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leo De

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mantautask

  26. 5 out of 5

    Oz

  27. 4 out of 5

    Artemis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Julin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karan

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