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But, What About ISIS? – Podcast

Marc Pilisuk joins our hosts Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler to look at this very common question: “So, you think nonviolence works? Then what about ISIS?” Marc Pilisuk is professor, co-author of The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War? and the co-editor (with Michael Nagler) of Peace Movements Worldwide. You can find his article on ISIS here: Engaging the ISIS Threat.  After our conversation with Marc, our news anchor, Michael Nagler, brings us nonviolence in the news! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show  or listen through our player on this page…)

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The Power of Training: Daily Metta Weekend Videos!

In our first Daily Metta video, Michael Nagler tells a story from the life of David Hartsough and gives us insight into how nonviolence worked itself out in this situation. He then goes on to make the case for nonviolence as a way of life. Find out why. In this next video, he discusses the impact that long-term nonviolence training can have when used with strategic insight. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Hope & Truth: Newsletter

  Building Community Matters On the first Saturday of each month, the Metta Center hosts a hope tank. These monthly gatherings feature meditation, chai, potluck breakfast, and deep conversation. Hope tanks offer society what think tanks cannot, namely togetherness. Our latest newsletter includes several inspiring resources and tips for taking action. Plus, you’ll find links to our latest Peace Paradigm Radio show and upcoming events. Read the March 23, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.

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Nonviolence Radio – Podcast

This week Peace Paradigm Radio has FOUR radio hosts! Rivera Sun and Sherri Mitchell from the the radio show “Love (and Revolution)” join PPR hosts Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook to discuss community and nonviolent radio. We discuss the inspiration for these radio shows, what a revolution of love might look like, building the systems we want to inhabit, healing the divides within society and how radio can help with all of this great work! Don’t miss this very special show!   Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show  or listen through our player on this page…)

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A force from within: Your Daily Metta Weekend Videos

In this first video, Michael Nagler discusses a story about marchers during the American Civil Rights Movement who drew on a power from within that stunned police officers, unable to turn on the fire hoses. What was that power and how did it work? Find out. In this next video, he goes on to further explain the dynamics underlying the peak experience within the framework of nonviolence in action.   Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Transforming anger for nonviolent power: Daily Metta

In today’s Daily Metta video, Michael discusses the story about a Kerala bear from the life of his teacher, Eknath Easwaran, who saw an opportunity for transforming anger into constructive action, and draws out nonviolent lessons from it. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Nature, nurture and nonviolence: Daily Metta

In today’s Daily Metta video, Michael continues onward in Search for a Nonviolent Future on the question of nature vs. nurture within the broader context of the history and science of nonviolence. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Webinar: Right Action & Social Change

Bridging Spiritual Practice, Right Action, and Social Change Join Richard Miller (founder and chairman, Integrative Restoration Institute) and Michael Nagler (founder and president, the Metta Center for Nonviolence) for a free webinar that will address the intersection of spiritual practice with nonviolence and social action. When: March 23, 2016; 4-5:30pm PST Where: Online—register for free Mahatma Gandhi had a tremendous impact on history and continues to be a giant inspiration in the world today. In the words of Albert Szent-Gyeorgyi, Gandhi “taught the world that there are higher things than force, higher even than life itself; he proved that force had lost its suggestive power.” Gandhi was a tour de force because he was both grounded in himself (or if you will, in the Self), as well as because he worked tirelessly and selflessly to bring his vision and mission into the world through his word, speech and nonviolent actions. How do we, in our own way, drawing upon our own gifts, bring the best that we are capable of being and doing, into the world, without losing our sense of peace, joy and well-being in the process? How can we bring our true creative energy to our work and relationships to create lasting change, rather than adding to the world’s existing misery and turmoil? In other words, during our lifetime, how do we balance internal meditative contemplation and well-being with right action? “Nonviolence is the bridge between spiritual development and social change” is a guiding principle at the Metta Center. “Helping people resolve their suffering and experience deep healing and peace” is a guiding principle at the Integrative Restoration Institute. During this webinar, Richard Miller, in conversation with Michael Nagler, will be exploring these and other topics that center around spiritual practice and well-being, and nonviolence and social change. Michael will be sharing his approach to both Passage Meditation, as taught by Eknath Easwaran of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, and the basic principles of Gandhian nonviolence. Richard will be speaking to the non-dual practices of meditation that promote joy and well-being no matter the situation or circumstance we find ourselves experiencing during our lifetime. Join Richard and Michael—two people who have dedicated their lives to promoting peace, well-being, nonviolence and social change in the world—for what promises to be a rich, in-depth, stimulating and rewarding conversation. More About Your Hosts Michael Nagler is the founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, and professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he taught courses on nonviolence, as well as seminars that probed questions such as “Why Are We Here, Great Writing on the Meaning of Life”. Michael received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India in 2007 where he joined other distinguished contributors to nonviolence including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and peace scholar and activist Johan Galtung in receiving this award. Michael is author of The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide to Practical Action, as well as The […]

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Humiliation Tactics and Shaming: Daily Metta

“Nonviolence is who we are.” In today’s Daily Metta video, Michael reviews the deeper dynamics of nonviolence and touches on ideas such as humiliation tactics and shaming as well as “work” vs. work while analyzing a long quote from Marshall Frady on Martin Luther King, Jr.  Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Power is of two kinds: Daily Metta

“Nonviolence is who we are.” Michael discusses a quote from Gandhi where he says, “Power is of two kind: fear of punishment or love” as a starting point for understanding nonviolence. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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