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America & The World – A New Spiritual Civilization Being Born

Tweet Amid the fracturing of identities around the world, and the descent into political and social chaos here at home in America, a new world is being born. Seeds of a great new spiritual civilization are sprouting everywhere – in this place, in that place, in common circumstances, like the distant crowing of a cock [...]

Sarah Wider/Transcendentalism & Interconnectedness

Tweet In 2014, Sarah Wider, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Colgate University, and Daisaku Ikeda, founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International, published a dialogue titled “The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the poetic heart of human possibility“. Ms. Wider specializes in the American Renaissance, American women writers of the late [...]

Nuclear Madness Once Again

Tweet Nuclear weapons are once again coming to the fore of our consciousness. They have been there all along, but the tension is growing worldwide – with sword rattling from North Korea, and fighting between India and Pakistan resuming – but most of all in the alarming breakdown in civility that is occurring between Russia [...]

A New Myth for the World

Tweet In a dialogue that he conducted toward the end of his life, Joseph Campbell (1904-87), the American authority on comparative mythology, remarked: “When the world changes, then the religion has to be transformed…today there are no boundaries.  The only mythology that is valid today is the mythology of the planet – and we don’t [...]

Wars of Religion

Tweet Religious wars are heightening and breaking out all over the world. Throughout the Middle East and Africa, the conflicts are boiling to the surface.  Differences in beliefs, differences in the way we look at ourselves and the world around us.  Differences that keep dividing us into more entrenched, more irreconcilable units of humankind. Missing [...]

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 [...]

Josei Toda & Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Tweet Josei Toda,Second Soka Gakkai president . His name was Josei Toda. He was the second president of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist lay organization which currently spans the globe, with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories around the world. During the second world war, he and the SGI’s first president, [...]

The Dream of America & The Books of James Hilgendorf

Tweet The Dream of America – what is it? Going beyond the usual concepts of the American Dream – meaning economic opportunity – author James Hilgendorf explores the idea of America itself, its spiritual dimensions, and the still unfulfilled promise of what this country can be. His seven books each touch upon some aspect of [...]

Human Security & Sustainability: A Peace Proposal

Tweet Daisaku Ikeda, president of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist lay organization with about 13,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories, presents an annual peace proposal to the United Nations. This year’s proposal focuses on the topic of “Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life.”  All of Mr. [...]

What is Democracy? The World in Upheaval: A Buddhist Perspective.

Tweet Democracy, and especially democracy in America, is a concept we usually take for granted.  It means a vast variety of things: freedom, liberty, the right to vote, equal representation, freedom of religion, and so on. The world is now experiencing a vast upheaval throughout the Mideast and Arab countries; and for us here in [...]