My main work is with the Metta Center for Nonviolence, the nonprofit I founded in 1982. The Metta Center provides educational resources on the safe and effective use of nonviolence, with the recognition that it’s not about putting the right person in power but awakening the right kind of power in people. We advance a higher image of humankind while empowering people to explore the question: How does nonviolence work, and how can I actively contribute to a happier, more peaceful society?
As Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, I co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. My books include The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World; The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide for Practical Action; and The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature. I’m a student of Eknath Easwaran, who founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. I have lived at the center’s ashram in Marin County, California since 1970.
"Nonviolence is the greatest power
at the disposal of humankind."
Coming in march 2020
The Third Harmony
“I highly recommend this engaging, well-argued, serious, and realistic book.” – Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Gandhi
That the world needs to take a vastly different direction, and quickly, is no longer controversial for any thoughtful person. A whole new way of seeing the world and our role in its destiny is called for. It’s what some call the “new story,” a connected and collaborative vision of the future. My latest title, The Third Harmony, links this vision with nonviolence. The book will be published on March 31, 2020 by Berrett-Koehler.