Cultural Nonviolence with Satish Kumar

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What does baking bread have to do with creating a culture of nonviolence? What steps can we take as individuals to help bring about global peace? In the spirit of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Jesus, Satish Kumar brings a gentle wisdom to the difficult questions that must be answered if we are to end the pattern of destruction that threatens our world today. His simple, yet comprehensive perspective, addresses the violence is pervasive in human society, and, amazingly, offers realistic solutions based on trust, justice, community, sustainability - and simply taking time to be reverential about something as fundamental as baking bread. But good ideas, he says, are not enough. "Our world is full of good ideas. There's no shortage of information. There's a shortage of practice. Information does not lead to transformation. For transformation you need experience. You have to live your truth. You have to live your compassion." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Satish Kumar literally "walked his talk" on an 8,000-mile pilgrimage for peace that began in India and ended in Washington, D.C., and as the founder of Resurgence magazine and Schumacher College, a center for the study of ecological and spiritual values.

He is the author of:

  • Path Without Destination (Eagle Brook 1999) and You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence (Green Books 2002)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why finding peace within your own heart is the first step toward creating global peace
  • How violence has become institutionalized in every aspect of our culture and lifestyle
  • What is the nature of true security
  • How to make peace with the natural world
  • Why engaging a balance of both science and spirituality is important
  • What is the relationship between baking bread and creating a more peaceful world
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 10/16/2003      Program Number: 3016