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Nonviolence



Nonviolence is a philosophy that centers on a conscious refusal to enact harm. Thich Nhat Hanh said nonviolence is “love in action.” Martin Luther King Jr. said nonviolence is both external and internal: “You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” Cesar Chavez saw nonviolence as a path to organize and change: “Nonviolence is our strength.” Gandhi said, “Nonviolence means avoiding injury to anything on earth in thought, word, or deed.” All these statements recognize the power we carry individually and collectively to honor connection and love in the midst of conflict, change, discrimination, and anger. Nonviolence emphasizes people over policies; it allows us to question the status quo while showing solidarity. It asks us to be our best selves in the face of the worst situations.

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Commitment to Non-Violence

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about non-violence in this clip from the presentation to His Holiness of the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace during the Kalachakara for World Peace in Bodh Gaya, India, on January 4, 2012.

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Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action

Dennis Dalton's classic account of Gandhi's political and intellectual development focuses on the leader's two signal triumphs: the civil disobedience movement (or salt satyagraha) of 1930 and the Calcutta fast of 1947.

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Peace Begins with Peaceful Actions

To change the world, says Jan Willis, we need hope. And hope grows from nonviolent actions, no matter how small.

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FindCenterThe choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.

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The Purpose of Nonviolent Communication

An extraordinary world awaits a humanity that learns the art and purpose of nonviolent communication.

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Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

MLK’s classic account of the first successful large-scale act of nonviolent resistance in America: the Montgomery bus boycott. A young Dr. King wrote Stride Toward Freedom just 2 years after the successful completion of the boycott.

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Mandela and the Question of Violence

One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms.

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FindCenterWhen you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.

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Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story explores the extraordinary life and legacy of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century.

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Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea

In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind.

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