About the Author

The Peaceful Place book is written by Daniel Banfai.

Here is a little about myself and my own spiritual journey in case you are interested. I hope that some of the aspects of spirituality that I found inspiring might be of benefit to you too.

I first got into spirituality when I was about 18 through reading books like the Celestine Prophecy and Conversations with God (both amazing books and highly recommended if you have not read them). These books opened my eyes and my mind and heart to a whole new world. I felt deeply called towards the spiritual path and read all the spiritual books I could get access to at the time.

The next major breakthrough occurred for me when I attended a 10 day silent meditation retreat. This was a Vipassana style retreat (with Goenka) which focussed on bringing your attention to the breath and body sensations. I had hardly done any meditation before so doing this 10 hours a day for 10 days was a pretty intense journey! Though it was hard I came out feeling like deep shift had occurred inside and felt a bliss at living that I had not experienced before. I only realised years later the deeper significance of that first retreat. It is as though it set a process in motion within me where over the following few years my body and mind gradually turned more inward and a lot of emotional baggage just fell away quite effortlessly. I see now that this is a natural result of the Vipassana mind training that teaches you to just be aware and not react to what arises, which allows emotions to surface and clear out of the body quite naturally.

Over the next 10 years I explored various kinds of meditation and spiritual practices (as one does on the spiritual path). I also conducted a Philosophy degree at Melbourne University which is where I first got interested in Buddhism and other Asian traditions such as Hinduism and Taoism. The writings of the Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) tradition particularly moved me. The most famous teacher associated with this tradition is Ramana Maharshi who you may have come across. Though it was a book by Nissargatta Maharaj called ‘I am That’ which really affected me the most. I read this book over and over and carried it round with me for about 4 years. I see now that sitting with the incredibly deep and profound writings in this book really deepened my understanding and experience of being at peace naturally and effortlessly (as you can imagine, I cannot recommend this book highly enough!).

After that time I began a regular meditation practice that has continued (off and on) until today. I read more and more about Buddhism and became particularly interested in Zen. I attended regular zazen (Zen meditation) sessions for several years. More recently I have been blessed with studying the teachings of several modern day teachers such as Adyashanti, Gangagi and Douglas Harding who are all generally associated with non-duality teachings. As time has passed a deep and permanent sense of peace has grown within me that now feels like a constant background and container for all experience.

Having found a place of deep and lasting peace within myself through this journey, I felt moved to share this place with others. Each day after meditating I began writing down my own insights about peace and things that I had learned from others. These writings got longer and longer and so the Peaceful Place E-book was born. I hope it touches your heart.

In humble gratitude for all I have learned, and the wonderful opportunity of sharing this peace with others,

Wishing you well on your unique journey to peace,

Daniel

Peace comes,

When where we long to be,

Is right where we are.