The ideals of Buddhism are the ideals of the American Dream found even in the writings and lives of such American luminaries as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and others. Justice, peace, self-empowerment, eternity, compassion, love of neighbor - ideals that have always craved expression in reality, but have been difficult to achieve, are now brought down into day-to-day life by the empowering ideals and practices of Buddhism. This is the underlying theme of the author's work.
Eight of his non-fiction works cover a wide array of topics, ranging across science, politics, life and death, quantum theory, nuclear weapons, religion, near-death experiences, the unfulfilled Dream of America, and much more - often from a Buddhist perspective.
In his book, "A New Myth for America", Hilgendorf searches for a new myth and vision for America, based on the Lotus Sutra, the greatest of all Buddhist writings.
"Every great civilization has had its own myth, a cosmic story of how we fit into the universe, a divine story of who we are and where we came from.
"Now all the old myths have crumbled to dust.
What we crave is a new consciousness, a new time, new stories - a story that encompasses the heavens and suns and stars and galaxies and black holes and universes beyond number, yet is bolted down to rocks and rivers and flowers and thunder and rain, finding its tale reverberating through the bones and marrow and hearts of the blacksmith, the nanny, the insurance salesman, the ice cream vendor, the teacher, banker, garbage collector, shoe repairman, mechanic, musician...
"It takes place here and now.
"The real, true dream of America."
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James Hilgendorf is an author and filmmaker. He has been a practicing member for over forty years with the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist lay organization with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories around the world.
His website is http://www.jameshilgendorf.org