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Traveling to a New America – Reno, Nevada

Tweet Elizabeth and I were in Reno, Nevada, this past weekend, promoting my books and talking to people about their feelings about America. It was hot, but beautiful along the Truckee River which flows through the middle of town. “What’s your take on America at this time?” is the question we ask over and over [...]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Church, God, The Infinitude of the Private Man, & The Buddha

Tweet In his famous address delivered to the senior class at Divinity College, Cambridge, on July 15th, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson attacked the teachings of the Church of his day in such a confrontational way that it would be years before he would once again be invited back to talk. “As it appears to us,” [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Nevada City, Ca.

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Kimmy.  Nevada City, California. _____________________________ Kimmy, what’s Nevada City like for you? “Nevada City is like heaven on Earth.  There’s just so much movement, so much dance, so much play, this loving energy.  People are so joyful and sweet, and the nature is so [...]

Traveling to a New America – Santa Barbara, Ca. IANDS Talk

Tweet On the evening of January 11, James Hilgendorf presented a one-hour talk to about 100 attendees at Unity of Santa Barbara, presented by the Santa Barbara Chapter of IANDS, the International Association of Near Death Studies. The talk was titled “Waking Up To Who You Really Are”.  During the talk, he presented ideas from [...]

Waking Up To Who You Really Are – Talk by James Hilgendorf, Santa Barbara, Ca. Wednesday, 1-11-2017

Tweet James Hilgendorf, author of “Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective”, will be speaking on Wednesday, January 11th, at Unity of Santa Barbara, sponsored by the Santa Barbara, California chapter of the International Association for Near Death Experiences. Many people who have gone through near-death experiences, talk of crossing a bridge or river, or going [...]

America’s Dream & The Lotus Sutra

Tweet In the January, 1844, issue of the Dial magazine, the publication of the New England Transcendentalist Club, there appeared a translation of the “Parable of the Medicinal Herbs” chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the core and heart of all the Buddhist teachings.  The parable stressed the Buddha’s infinite compassion towards all living beings. The [...]

Buddhism in America Titles Available on Amazon.in India

Tweet The books of author James Hilgendorf, which include books on Buddhism and Buddhism in America, are now available in India on Amazon.in. Hilgendorf is the author of ten non-fiction books that are opening the way to a new vision of life, a new dream of America, and a new religion for the world. This [...]

Togetherness Is What We Want

Tweet “What should young people do with their lives today?  Many things, obviously.  But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, and other popular books. _________________ In traveling to different towns and cities and talking [...]

Traveling to a New America – Davis, California

Tweet Davis, California.  Home of the University of California at Davis. Students from many different ethnic backgrounds, and from around the world. Talking to students on the street, these were some of comments I heard. A young man, a graduate student, originally from Brazil. “I feel that what is happening in my own country is [...]

Traveling to a New America – Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Tweet The beautiful Palace of the Fine Arts, in San Francisco’s Marina District. This beautiful structure was originally built to exhibit works of art, as part of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. The Exposition – a world’s fair – was held to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal; but it was also an opportunity for [...]