As Gandhi observed, our fork can be a weapon of violence. Will Tuttle, pianist, composer and teacher, embraces this simple truth by keeping violence off his plate, and adopting a vegan way of being in the world. He expresses the heart and soul of the animal liberation and compassionate living movement with insights that prove how inextricably linked is the suffering of animals with the war, violence and terrorism we currently face on earth when he says,“If we cause war against animals we will cause war against ourselves.” From mythology, religion, and human systems, Tuttle offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience to show how we as a species can move our consciousness forward – allowing us to become more free, more intelligent, more loving, and happier in the choices we make.
Will Tuttle is a professional pianist, composer, and teacher who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. For more two decades he has presented at progressive churches, vegetarian and human potential conferences, and intentional communities throughout the United States. He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist Monk and has worked extensively in Tai Chi, Yoga, and meditation. Tuttle has many original piano albums, including Ascension: A Journal Beyond and Islands of Light. He is the author of The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony (Lantern Books 2005). To find out more information about the work of Will Tuttle go to www.circleofcompassion.org
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How are you connected to the power of the food you eat?
- Where did the word Vegan originate from?
- When veganism becomes a benevolent revolution
- What the early Sanskrit word for war really is
- How the cultures from the Iliad, The Odyssey, and the Old Testament are similar to today’s culture
- When and why the Unity Movement used to be strictly vegetarian
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 7/18/2006 Program Number: 3163