Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance

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In the provocative discussions comprising this collection, scholars Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda explore the multifaceted, enduring legacy of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. In the process they challenge and inspire the reader to do as these great figures once did—to look deep inside oneself to discover potential for growth, to encounter the natural world with reverence and delight, and to express themselves with poetry and imagination. With great appreciation for the timeless...

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Overview

In the provocative discussions comprising this collection, scholars Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda explore the multifaceted, enduring legacy of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. In the process they challenge and inspire the reader to do as these great figures once did—to look deep inside oneself to discover potential for growth, to encounter the natural world with reverence and delight, and to express themselves with poetry and imagination. With great appreciation for the timeless and universal relevance of the American Renaissance, Bosco, Myerson, and Ikeda encourage each person to lead lives of greatness and to do nothing less than create Waldens of their own.

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“Following the provocative dialogue in Creating Waldens is a powerful way to help us inhabit nature from the inside; a way to help us live within the core wisdom of connectedness and co-creation at the heart of Buddhism and Transcendentalism. From this deep view, we see our own power with new eyes. We can trust nature with new fervor. We become stronger for the challenges of this magnificent time.”  —Frances Moore Lappé, author, Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad

“Brilliantly celebrates the continued relevance of Emerson and Thoreau to our lives and times.”  —Lou Marinoff, author, The Middle Way: Finding Happiness in a World of Extremes

“For all who seek to integrate theory and practice—knowing that individual action matters tremendously to social justice—this book will offer that much neglected yet essential ingredient to action: thought-provoking inspiration.”  —Sarah Wider, professor of English and women's studies, Colgate University

“A clarion call against authoritarianism, Creating Waldens inspires us to challenge social evil through courageous acts of nonviolent protest and find joy in harmony with nature and our fellow citizens around the globe.”  —Anita Patterson, director, American and New England Studies Program, Boston University

“Here, boiled down to a number of enlightened conversations between three scholars, is the essence of the thoughts of these two American writers and the uniquely cross-cultural and curiously contemporary blend of thought and philosophy that they embodied.”  —John Hanson Mitchell, author, Walking Towards Walden: A Pilgrimage in Search of Place

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887917070
  • Publisher: Ikeda Center
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald A. Bosco is a distinguished professor of English and American literature at the University of Albany, the general editor of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the coeditor of The Selected Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the coauthor of The Emerson Brothers: A Fraternal Biography in Letters. He lives in Albany, New York. Joel Myerson is the Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature, emeritus, at the University of South Carolina, the textual editor for The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the coeditor of The Selected Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the coauthor of The Emerson Brothers: A Fraternal Biography in Letters. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Daisaku Ikeda is the founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with 12 million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and ethics, and has published dialogues with global figures such as Arnold Toynbee, Linus Pauling, and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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