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GUEST PRESENTER: YASUHIKO GENKU KIMURA
Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, founder and chairman of
Vision In Action,
has extensively lectured on the philosophy and methodology of alignment beyond
agreement and the transformation of the global ecology of thinking. Yasuhiko is
the author of
The Book of Balance (Paraview Special Editions),
Think Kosmically Act Globally, and
The Twilight Manifesto, as well as numerous essays, articles, and
translations on evolutionary spirituality and ethics, and integral philosophy,
science, and business. He also is the editor-in-chief of VIA: The Journal of
Integral Thinking for Visionary Action, which examines business, philosophy,
science, art, and other social interests from a range of original and
thought-provoking perspectives. In addition to guest-editing our Media Guide
this month, Yasuhiko also contributed his VIA essay, “Alignment
Beyond Agreement,” to our website.
YASUHIKO’S TRANSFORMING MEDIA PICKS
For me personally, November is a special month because it is the
month I was born (11/23). In my native home in rural Japan, November is normally
the transition between autumn and winter even though it occasionally snows.
November 23 is a national holiday in Japan, Labor Thanksgiving Day. Adding to
the festivities, in the U.S. the date falls around Thanksgiving. Indeed, there
is much in life to give thanks for. I feel very grateful to be alive in this
beautiful world surrounded by many wonderful people. Gratitude goes beyond
forgiveness and heals wounds within and without. Therefore, my spiritual message
is very simple: Give up your suffering and let gratitude be your attitude.
Living in this period of
unprecedented change and uncertainty, it is critical to develop a clear
understanding of current conditions in the world. For this purpose I recommend
two books that provide us with sound historical and futuristic perspectives:
The Making of the Modern World: Visions from the West and East; and
James C. Bennett’s
The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in
the Twenty-First Century.
In seeing the devastating impact and danger of Islamic fascism in the form of
global terrorism, people from a non-Islamic background are asking: What is real
Islam? I recommend two books that provide us with a most profound understanding
of the Islamic religion: Frithjof Schuon’s
Understanding Islam and Lex Hixon’s
The Heart of Qur’an: An Introduction to Islamic Spirituality.
Beneath the visible flux of events and episodes we see in the news, in the realm
of ideas, a powerful convergence of science, art, and spirituality is taking
place. To understand this convergence, I recommend three books: Frederick
The Culture of Hope: A New Birth of the Classical Spirit;
The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the
Universe; and Ervin Laszlo’s
Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything.
And last but not the least, a book very close to my heart, Lafcadio Hearn’s
Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East,
first published in 1898, now available in Paraview’s Cosimo Classics series. In
1890, Lafcadio Hearn (1850 1904), a Greek-born British author, moved to Japan -
where he married, became a naturalized citizen, and lived until his death. He
adopted a Japanese name, Yakumo Koizumi, and wrote many penetrating essays on
Japan and Japanese culture.
To better understand how world-shaping affairs play
out in the media, veteran reporter Gwen Ifill and a panel of journalists take a
behind-the-scenes look at the top news each week on the PBS show
Washington Week. The PBS Special docudrama
Touching The Void tells the story of mountain climbers Joe Simpson and
Simon Yates’ legendary 1985 climb of the forbidden 21,000-foot Siula Grande in
the Peruvian Andes. It is a remarkable story of human endurance and the will to
There is never a paucity of musical geniuses to
nourish our souls and enrich our lives. Estonian-born Arvo Pärt is one of the
most creative and original contemporary classical composers. I recommend his
De Profundis. Japanese-born Toru Takemitsu is another contemporary
genius. To start with, I recommend his
Requiem: Twill by Twilight and
Quotation of Dream (20/21 Series). As an enthusiastic Beethoven lover, I
Beethoven’s String Quartets delightfully played by the Takács Quartet,
and Franz Liszt’s monumental transcriptions of
Franz Liszt: The Complete Beethoven Symphonies brilliantly played by
Leslie Howard. Thanks to a technological breakthrough in recreating music roll
performances, we can now listen to Rachmaninoff playing the piano in a two-part
A Window in Time.
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