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Maybe We Need A New Religion – Speaker Series

“Maybe We Need A New Religion”, the latest book by author James Hilgendorf, provides the basis for one of his continuing series of talks given to all kinds of interested groups around the United States. People are increasingly turning away from mainline religions, and the reasons are many.  Many people cannot believe anymore in the […]

Joseph Campbell – A New Myth or Religion

In a dialogue he conducted toward the end of his life, Joseph Campbell, the great American authority on comparative mythology, and co-creator, along with Bill Moyers, of the television documentary “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth“, remarked: “When the world changes, then the religion has to be transformed…today there are no boundaries.  The only […]

Bringing To Birth A New Humanity

So this is what it has come to. There is a new world waiting to be opened up, and you and I are the protagonists of this world.  Whether it is brought into the light of the sun and moon and stars is up to us. This is a time to forego thoughts of a […]

Religion, Faith, and Self Empowerment

What is empowerment according to the major world religions? Religions do not often talk about self empowerment.  Rather they talk about faith and adherence to doctrine and dogma. But self empowerment should be at the very heart of any religious dialogue. How do we become the greatest human beings we are capable of becoming? This […]

Earth Left Behind: So Many People Waiting

So many people want to leave this Earth. They yearn for a final reckoning, a dispensation of divine justice, an eternal damning of the unfaithful. The rivers and skies and lovely meadows and animals and birds of this world mean nothing. Rising upon clouds of a chilling beauty and foreverness, they yearn to go to […]

The Breakup of Identity

The old nations of the Mideast are dissolving.  Borders are disappearing.  Millions of displaced people are on the move, merging into each other.  Terrorist groups carve out new territories that seek to resurrect a dead and dying past. Muslims are murdering not only Israelis, but their own Muslim brothers and sisters. Who are we?  This […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who Are You When You Die?

Who and where are we when we die? There are all kinds of answers: You become clay. You meet your Maker. You live in paradise forever. It is all over forever. You are a wave on the Ocean of Life. You meet 70 virgins. You burn in hell. You take it easy in heaven. You […]

Je Suis Charlie, and the Clash of Civilizations

In his 1993 article, titled “The Clash of Civilizations”, Samuel Huntington proposed that cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world.  In particular, he later prophesied that these differences would lead to a bloody clash between Islamic and Western civilizations. Looking at the world today – especially […]