Welcome to AHIMSA Berkeley

Our name evokes the deep principles of ahimsa, to which we are dedicated – ahimsa is the Sanskrit word for nonviolence – the human capacity for peace. AHIMSA is a non-profit, nonsectarian foundation, drawing on both Eastern and Western faith traditions, and founded in 1993 to mark the Centennial of the Chicago Parliament of Religions. Our central activity is to encourage dialogues and public forums on issues which bridge spirituality and science and society.  Our mission is to serve the advancement of peace by exploring how religion, science, and social action impact our awareness, to seek pathways for understanding, and to encourage every individual to seek and find his or her own truth and wisdom. The acronym AHIMSA stands for, "Agency for Human Interconnectedness through Manifestation of Spiritual Awareness." ALL OUR ACTIVITIES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 Awakening Compassion:

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
-- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

-- the Buddha

AHIMSA Supports and Recommends

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Stories by three persons who have experienced Near Death Experiences.
Listen to audio recording of the event »


** The talks from our March 24, 2013 panel discussion on Unity in Diversity: To Cure a Culture of Violence are now available  --- go to Events page. This was a special discussion on cultural violence and responses to it, in the light of the Vedantic philosophy as brought to the West by SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (1863 - 1902).  The event was held in commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birthday, and AHIMSA's 20th anniversary.

** Ruth Richard's talk on Age of Empathy? : New Views on Health, Human Nature and Relational Creativity (presented May 17, 2011) is now available on line at:
For more on the original talk go to Events).

** Mitch Hall's talk on Childhood Roots of Empathy, Peace, and Nonviolence (presented December 7, 2010) is now available on line at:

The slide show from Mitch’s wonderful empathy presentation is also available in several versions, PowerPoint, pdf and as image files. see
http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/Interviews/2010-12-08-AHIMSA/index.htm and as updated on Slideshows page at http://breathepeacefully.com/

For more on the original talk go to Events).

** A special resource is being built by Edwin Rutsch: The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, which is a portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. See Links and go to http://CultureOfEmpathy.com for Mitch Hall's talk and much much more, including Portal to empathy articles @ Empathy Cafe Magazine

** Video: Huston Smith at AHIMSA Networking Workshop (Go to Networking Workshop)
** Audio:Talks from our 2008 conference on "The Power of Nonviolent Language and Action". Go to Ahimsa Voices

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» Ahimsa Voices
What is our deep hunger? How is ahimsa rooted in spiritual attitudes and practice?  How is ahimsa manifest in everyday life?  Stories, audio talks, past journals.

» Events
Announcements and current events, including conferences and speakers.

» Offerings
Listing of conferences and annual themes.  Available materials.

» Links
Links to various organizations and events in an expanding network.  These contacts will be maintained on a temporary basis, in connection with ongoing events and projects.    

» Who we are
Our organization and history.

Welcome to our re-newed website.  This new website is the generous contribution of Inflight Studio. Our original website, by CharityFocus, was also a gift of service.  We give great thanks to both » inflightstudio and » CharityFocus

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