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January 2015

Chingiz Aitmatov/Daisaku Ikeda – Dialogue of Giants

Chingiz Aitmatov, the great Russian and Kyrgyz writer, is not that well known in the Western world, although he was one of the greatest writers in the Russian and Kyrgyz languages in the latter half of the twentieth century.  He was also the ambassador for Kyrgyzstan to the European Union, NATA, and UNESCO.  He was […]

Re-Reading D. H. Lawrence

During the last few months, I have spent time re-reading D. H. Lawrence.  I last read him – just about everything he wrote – when I was a teenager.  He had a great effect upon me then, but it has been over fifty years ago, and now I am coming into contact with this great […]

Hold Fast To The Boat Of Your Dreams

There comes a time when you just have to hold on. A small boat, amid giant waves, with no land in sight, the sun by day, but dense clouds and utter darkness at night.  Now or never, it is victory or defeat, life or death. Land must appear, or we are lost. Time to summon […]

Lincoln’s Last, Best Hope

Abraham Lincoln wrote: “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” He wrote this amid a bloodbath upon the North American continent, and in a time when corporations and money and greed were about to erupt into prominence upon the […]

The Battle

I must work on myself once again. Conflicted with darkness and light, now raging, now filled with joy. To look into the hearts of others and find myself there.  To feel.  To be aware of life’s potential.  To be strong.  To depend on no one and nothing.  To give, when I feel like taking.  To […]

Never Think Something Is Impossible Until You Try

The dream of America is to unfold the very heart of the universe itself, children and old men and women alike dancing to new tunes.  We emerge as the unheralded gods of a new era and time. All of this has never come about before. It is up to you.  You are the dreamer.  Each […]

The Star Is You

America means to show the unlimited possibilities of a single human being.  We are met here to enact this drama. The star is you.  The star is me. I can be a street sweeper and confound worlds. This is the true meaning of democracy. —- From “A New Myth For America.”

Can We Become That Which We Imagine?

How deep does the pain go? To change, to overcome, to transform ourselves – this is the great challenge. Stuck in patterns of life that have endured, not only from the day we were born, but from primordial times, and even beyond – ways of looking at the sun and moon, at others, at ourselves, […]

Russian Weeds

Russia has taken a step back into the past. Like virulent weeds, the outworn oppression and ideology have poked their heads through Russian soil. Putin longs for the restoration of the old Soviet Union, whose pinions have already crumbled.  He longs for the State power, the military might, the fearsomeness that extended into every household […]

O Beautiful For Patriot Dream

After listening to Barack Obama, our President, give his State of the Union message this evening, I began recalling the words and stanzas of our great national song, America the Beautiful, and especially the last chorus: O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! […]