These eight essays explore the interface between psychiatry, science, and the timeless teachings of the Buddha. Drawn from the personal experiences of a therapist and practitioner of Vipassana meditation, this work explores meditation's similarities and differences with psychotherapeutic and scientific endeavors. In the title essay, parallels are drawn between the atomic synthesis of free choice and lawful consequence in Chaos Theory and karma, offering contemporary insights into one of Buddhism's core concepts. The empirical roots of meditation, its relevance to daily life, and the challenges and benefits of daily practice of Vipassana meditation are also addressed. Practical examples for continued observation outside of formal meditation retreats guide readers in incorporating Buddhist practice into daily life.
Paul Fleischmans writing stirs more ideas than could be followed through in the space of an essay. His language has a technical tone yet tends toward the poetic. Some sentences need to be read more than once. But for those who find themselves drawn into his writings, these challenges fall away to reveal a rare gem. His unique style is integral to the power it evokes.
"...Fleischman details the physical, mental and psychological benefits that he, his clients and colleagues have received from meditation. " - ForeWord Magazine, October, 1999
"Karma and Chaos...probes the very heart of the Buddha's legacy to humanity—self-correction through meditation... " - Philip Novak, Ph.D., author, Wisdom of the World