Week 1: What is Nonviolence?

Michael Nagler of the Metta Center introduces a deeper layer of nonviolence, what he calls "the most important subject in the world."

Continue the Journey

1. Tip: Expand on Michael Nagler's video introduction with his "Six Principles of Nonviolence" piece (viewable below; click the orange link beneath the document to download it as a PDF).

2. Practice: After reading "Six Principles of Nonviolence," choose a principle that you find challenging. Then, list 3 actions you can take in the next week to strengthen this principle within you (hint: it’s all about practice!).

3. Explore: Consider taking the Pledge of Protection and Nonviolent Resistance (viewable and downloadable below). Feel free to add to this pledge and make it your own. For instance, you may want to add concepts relating to your classroom, circle of colleagues, family, and/or community. The more the pledge reflects your both life inside and outside the classroom, the more powerful it will be. We encourage you to hang the pledge somewhere in your home and/or classroom (you can also download this printable poster from the Classroom Tools section of this course—see Posters). 

Six Principles of Nonviolence by Michael Nagler.pdf
Pledge of Protection and Nonviolent Resistance.pdf