The book argues an extraordinary perspective on the real roots of America, from the time that Henry David Thoreau first introduced Buddhism to America in an essay in 1844, up to the present, when Buddhism, and the ideals which it espouses, is paving the way for the founding of a new spiritual civilization.
The author writes:
"There is a revolution coming.
"And as it reveals itself in the mind of each man and woman, the mountains will fall and shift, chasms will open, the deserts will run with rivers, beautiful blooms will burst from dry dust, suns will sprout in the sky, animals and birds dance, the nuclear force of ten million stars will break forth with light, and the minds of men and women will reflect in every aspect of their lives the halls and mirrors of Eternity."
One reviewer writes:
"For most Americans, Buddhism conjures exotic images of faraway lands, mysterious statues and monks in colorful robes. But with his excellent new book, James Hilgendorf proves Buddhism also reflects the American experience.
"Tracing the emergence of Buddhism in America to the 1844 publication of a Henry David Thoreau essay, "The Buddha and the Dream of America" is a great read for all Americans, Buddhist or not. Although clearly rooted in Buddhist philosophy, Hilgendorf's small press paperback is at least as much a cultural commentary as it is a religious tract. Written from an often deeply personal perspective, Hilgendorf's prose frequently reads more like poetry." -- Scott Nance, The Washington Current.
James Hilgendorf is a 40 year member of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist lay organization in the world, with 13,000,000 members in 192 countries. He is the author of three other books: "Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective";
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