Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

Buddha at the Apocalypse - Praise

Awakening from a Culture of Destruction

Buddha at the Apocalypse is easy-going, well written, and solidly reasoned-and lively in the way it interweaves Biblical analysis, Zen literature, and Western philosophy and sociology with popular culture and deep wisdom. I am delighted to greet this important and meaningful work.”—from the foreword by Robert A.F. Thurman, author of Why the Dalai Lama Matters

“Spellmeyer’s book is full of light and fire, his sudden insights go off like Roman Candles. He goes beyond the usual sermons and takes a risk—he gives us intuitions and connections between the deep strange heart of Zen koans and the riches of Western culture. This is a fresh way to think and live in the world.”—John Tarrant

“The self-centered dream from which Kurt Spellmeyer strives to awaken us is not simply the dream of our individual ego but the dream of history. We must awaken from time itself, from beginnings, from progress, from goals and from visions of the end of time. Buddha at the Apocalypse challenges our assumptions about who we are, where we come from, and where we are going-in our life and in our spiritual practice.”—Barry Magid, author of Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, Ordinary Mind, and Nothing Is Hidden

“Spellmeyer presents a fascinating and wide-ranging analysis of the consequences of Western civilization’s assumptions about the very nature of reality. Yet even when provocative, Spellmeyer's tone is gentle, writing with an appealing clarity and accessibility that attest to his own warmth and kindness as a long-time Zen practitioner and teacher.”—Roko Sherry Chayat, Abbess of the Zen Center of Syracuse, and editor of Eloquent Silence

“A bold investigation into the role of religion in, among other things, the creation of the environmental crisis. Spellmeyer’s writing is crisp and honest, and refreshingly direct even as he raises hard questions.”—Richard K. Payne, editor of How Much is Enough?

“This book helped me to see Western culture more clearly, and inspired me to rebel against the apocalyptic paradigm with renewed vigor.”—Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx

“Spellmeyer speaks for a profoundly simple ecology of mind, where world and mind are seamlessly one, and your acts and mine do make a difference.”—Robert Langan, author of Minding What Matters

“So often we see the future as something that will save us from the present-but what if our attempts to ‘save the world’ are based on the very way of seeing that is destroying it? Spellmeyer invites the reader to look differently at the nature of time itself, especially our belief in the inevitable benefits of Progress. A challenging and provocative book.”—David R. Loy, author of Money Sex War Karma and The World Is Made of Stories