The Way to Inner Peace is an understandable
stress-management guide on how the time-tested techniques of 2500-year-old
Buddhist psychology can be effectively used to solve our modern existential
problems. Written in simple, easy-to-understand language, this practicum uses
examples and analogies from contemporary life to illustrate the powerful healing
effects of Buddhism.
The convergence of science and Buddhism
that pans out at the relevant places in the book further enhances the therapeutic
benefits. In here, you'll find not only the techniques needed for overcoming
the worldly stresses of modern day living, but also the means to leap to higher
levels of existential awareness and spirituality culminating in Sublime Peace.
The healing realized, as reported by readers can be profound and for some, life
Click here to read excerpts from the second edition
The second edition has three parts - A, B and C. Each part comprises of a number of chapters.
Part A (titled The Seeker's Digest) is simply a modified version of edition 1. It was decided to retain edition 1 in this manner because of its popularity with the readers. It serves as an introduction.
Part B (titled Homo Sapiens Under Stress) explains why we said the things we did say in Part A. Put differently, it provides rationale for the mind of today's inquiring reader to fill him/her with even greater confidence (than obtained with the first edition) to follow the path with diligence and motivation. Some of the important discussions and applications the reader will encounter in this part are:
- How Perception and Reality portrays the stark difference between what we perceive with our senses in daily life and the operative undercurrents of Reality (Truth) that really determine our existence, our destiny and the means that we can develop to overcome distress.
- Our built-in Stress Pathways from external triggers to points of distress within our body and mind and the reverse mechanisms of Calming or Healing Pathways and how we can gainfully use the latter to realize inner peace.
- Use of recent groundbreaking discoveries in Neuroscience to understand how our essence was 'wired' in our brains to make us who we are and therefore find the means to 'repair' the wiring where needed, so we can realize inner peace. Shows where the amazing convergence of ancient Buddhist psychology (meditation) and today's Neuroscience occurs.
- How the notion of self (pivotal to both our distress and inner peace), is born in the first place and therefore paving of the way to rationally overcoming distress and realizing inner peace.
- How a corollary of the Buddhist doctrine of conditionality can be used to explain why things happen to us the way they do and how that knowledge can bring profound harmony to distressed modern lives.
In addition to explaining why we said what we said in Part A, this part prepares the ground for important material to be covered in Part C.
Part C (titled Distress Relief) discusses common human afflictions and how to overcome these, by easy-to-apply techniques, using the principles and insights of Buddhism and science revealed in Parts A and B. The afflictions and related topics discussed in detail include blame, anger, hatred, jealousy, sickness, injury,aging, dying and death. The technique to overcome our existential stress and attain inner peace remains the same as in edition 1 in principle, but is enhanced in this edition by employing the additional material covered and insights gained.