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“American Renaissance”

Hamilton & the Revolutionary War. Now a New Revolution. A New America.

Tweet With the advent and prominence of the musical production “Hamilton”, much of our earlier American history is once again being brought to the fore. The Revolutionary War was a battle for Independence, for a liberation from old structures, old ideas, fresh air.  Though the underlying motives of the War were political or economic, still, [...]

Trump – Embodiment of the False American Dream

Tweet Donald Trump has emerged as aspirant for the pinnacle of political office in this land of America. Billionaire and television star, he represents the culmination of a long development in the history of the American dream – not the true dream of America, but a false American dream, corrupt and immoral to the core. [...]

The Lotus Sutra and the Dream of America

Tweet The Lotus Sutra is the greatest of Buddhist teachings.  In it, is revealed the eternity of life, and the magnificence and eternity of our own lives. In 1844, in the Dial magazine, the publication of the New England Transcendentalist Club, which was contributed to by such great writers of the early American Renaissance as [...]

Life & Death & The Dream of America

Tweet America.  The great unfulfilled dream of America. At the heart of America, and its greatness, are the great questions of life and death. Who are we?  Why are we here? The answers are enacted here and now, in America. —- A reading from “A New Myth for America”. _____________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, [...]

Walt Whitman – A Call for a New America

Tweet In “Democratic Vistas”, our greatest national poet, Walt Whitman, wrote: “Never was there, perhaps, more hollowness at heart than at present, and here in the United States.  Genuine belief seems to have left us.  The underlying principles of the States are not honestly believed in, nor is humanity itself believed in.  What penetrating eye [...]

1776 Now!

Tweet Revolution! The time has come for a new shifting of priorities and power. In 1864, in a letter, President Abraham Lincoln wrote: “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in [...]

A New Springtime in America

Tweet Now bring forth a renaissance of the spirit, of youth, of springtime in America once again. Now is the time for buds and blooms to break forth, a flowering of greatness in this country that has never been seen before in all of creation. Awakening from the dream of death into the light of [...]

Buddhism: A Religion for America

Tweet Buddhism is already the second largest religious denomination in the western United States of America. What is attracting people?  Talk to people – especially the youth of today – about religion, and a commonly heard remark is that if they were to pick out a religion that seemed to be in line with their [...]

Dream Big, New Visions of America

Tweet Our dream of America has become too small.  Our energies are vastly misplaced. The original dream of America was something that could contain the universe. Our great dream for this country, born out of the early American Renaissance, led by Thoreau, Emerson, Walt Whitman and their likes, was infinitely more than the sad and [...]

Different Drummers: Thoreau & the American Dream

Tweet Henry David Thoreau famously wrote: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however, measured or far away.” Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman – they were all great individualists.  Their writings comprised a vision of what [...]