Of all the books that influenced me in my early study of Buddhism, the one that I probably cherish most is a remarkable free book I downloaded from the internet called “The Path of Peace (in the footsteps of the Buddha) by Brother Pho Quan.
In my practice, this book as stood the test of time, and I still regard it as one of the best introductions to Buddhist practice and meditation that I’ve ever read. And yet, it has such great depth insight into the heart of the Buddha’s teachings, I believe it can bring fresh inspiration to the seasoned practitioner as well. I turn to it often.
As the forward of the book says:
Directed towards the modern practitioner and expressed in a vivid personal narrative, The Path of Peace (in the footsteps of the Buddha) is an accessible journey chronicling Buddhist practice for the newcomer to meditation, and going on to reveal the profound insights of the Dharma to be a part of our everyday lives as well as to simply detailing how to apply advance practice techniques. Yes, peace of mind and fulfillment are possible in our fast-paced, high-tech culture. The Path of Peace is an enthusiastic celebration of personal discovery, demonstrating the “aware and caring” practice of the Buddha to be every bit as relevant and “enlightening” for today’s spiritual traveler as it was 2,600 years ago.
To me, what stands out about this book and what sets it apart from many good introductions, is how the writings and explanations radiate with so much loving-kindness and compassion—and joy! You can feel the loving smile of the Buddha in these teachings. And best of all, reading this book, you feel that not only is this a path you want to walk, but that this is a path you can walk.
Although this eBook (electronic book in PDF format) is available on many Buddhist resource websites, because of my great affection for The Path of Peace, I’d also like to offer it for download here at Metta Refuge.
May this dear instruction bless you as it has blessed me. May this book be a faithful companion, friend, and mentor in your steps along the path of peace.