Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and taught the upper-division nonviolence course as well as meditation and other courses for over twenty years. He is founder-President of the Berkeley-based Metta Center for Nonviolence (www.mettacenter.org), and the author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into Italian, Korean, Arabic, and other languages. He has also written Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence (2005); The Upanishads (with Sri Eknath Easwaran, 1987), and other books as well as many articles on spirituality and peace, including numerous blogs for Yes! Magazine, TruthOut, and other sites.
He has consulted for the U.S. Institute of Peace and many peace-movement organizations and individuals, and the webcast of his year-long course on nonviolence, now available at the Metta Center’s website, has received well over 100,000 visits. He is especially interested in what is now called Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and served on the Interim Steering Committee of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for “Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India” in 2007.
Michael is a student of Sri Eknath Easwaran, Founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (www.easwaran.org) . He has lived at the Center’s ashram in Marin County since 1970 and is a presenter for the Center’s Eight-Point Program.