The desire for deeper understanding and spirituality greatly influenced the 1960s generation. This fit into the Counter Culture set of ideas because buddhism was a religion of peace. The American Youth was looking for a peaceful religion that was never based off of suffering or repentance. Buddhism is based off a prince who renounced all his possessions and went to live as a destitute man so that he may understand the pain and suffering of the world. The youth of the 1960's wanted to help the destitute and the starving and Buddhism was just the religion to relate to.
Are you running with me, jesus?
Are You Running With Me, Jesus? is a book that was written by Malcolm Boyd in 1965. Boyd was an Episcopal priest for 57 years and was a civil rights activist and "freedom rider" in 1961. In 1977 Boyd came out and became the more prominent gay clergy member to come out of the closet. His book was about how through his rebellious experiences of coming out and being an activists, he found different ways to find Christ. He decided you dont have to be in a church or be deliberately praying just to speak with or be close to God.
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