Circles Of Compassion

Few living vegans are as influential and as compelling as Dr. Will Tuttle. His book ‘The World Peace Diet’ has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century, and many vegans and activists credit Tuttle with sparking their initial or eventual shift to veganism. Will and his wife, artist Madeleine Tuttle, travel the world giving lectures, workshops, and trainings based on the World Peace Diet, including veganism, spirituality, effective activism, and personal development -with upcoming events scheduled through 2015.


Tuttle is a former Zen monk with a Master’s Degree in Humanities and a PhD in Philosophy of Education, and his work is embedded with these twin threads of spiritual consciousness and intellectual examination. Now, he has assembled the works of 28 internationally recognized authors and activists for Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice due to be released this Fall from the innovative new company Vegan Publishers. The book consists of a series of essays edited by Tuttle, that focus on how the seemingly disparate issues of human, animal, and environmental rights are indeed connected. The authors share their insights into the cultural, spiritual, emotional, and physical transformations they have experienced through their research and their work. While all the authors are vegan, their perspective is outward and engaged with the larger social order, to inspire the greater social matrix through the power of the vegan worldview to effectively create a peaceful and just world for all.

World_Peace_Diet_BookThe World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, by Will Tuttle, Paperback, 350 pgs, 2005. Incorporating systems theory, teachings from mythology and religions, and the human sciences, The World Peace Diet presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on a comprehension of the far-reaching implications of our food choices and the worldview those choices reflect and mandate. The author offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience, from any religious tradition, that they can follow to reconnect with what we are eating, what was required to get it on our plate, and the aftermath of lasting effects. A powerful, courageous argument, one that many who are already vegetarians or vegans will read and find themselves nodding their heads over, and those new to these ideas, will be profoundly moved, and forever changed.


Vegan Publishers was formed in 2013 in Boston Massachusetts with a mission to publish a range of books that promote social consciousness and awareness related to veganism. With an interest in publishing books for children and adults that focus on positive themes emphasizing respect for all living beings. Vegan Publishers hopes to be at the forefront of the growing societal trend towards vegan living, spreading positive messages about veganism including but not limited to food, emphasizing kindness, respect, compassion, and healthy living.

Change Is


Dalai Lama, From “Transforming the Mind: Teachings on Generating Compassion, 2003.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama -who serves as both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet, will lead the Change Your Mind, Change the World 2013 Conference which discusses how neuroscience, environments, economics, and health care can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place. It will feature two panel discussions between His Holiness and leaders from fields including neuroscience, economics, and sustainability. Journalist and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, and psychologist Daniel Goleman will moderate the discussions. Other panelists include Buddhist monk Mathieu Ricard, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, economist Lord Richard Layard, and health leaders Jonathan Patz, Don Berwick, and Ilona Kickbusch. Organizers say the Dalai Lama will respond to the insights of these “thought leaders” and add his own views on how to continue to promote these ideas in the world.

“Change Your Mind, Change the World” conference will take place 15 May, 2013 at the Overture Center for the Arts, in Madison, Wisconsin. A limited number of tickets will be available pre-sale prior to the public offering. For a chance to purchase tickets early, or for more information about the event & general ticket sales visit here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 1st.

Bellagio Center


The Bellagio Center, also known as Villa Serbelloni, is situated above the small town of Bellagio Italy on hilly acres of park and garden located on Lake Como -the foothills of the Italian Alps. The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center regularly hosts policymakers, professionals, and thought-leaders, from around the world, for residencies, conferences, and candid, innovative exchanges of ideas. Former Bellagio residents have included writers Maya Angelou, Michael Ondaatje, composer Eve Beglarian, and contemporary artists Mona Hatoum and Alexander Apostol. Participants in the center’s conference program have included Nobel Laureates Henry Kissinger, Rajendra Pachauri, Shimon Peres, and Joseph Stiglitz.

The Foundation seeks applications from outstanding creative artists at all career stages with a record of significant achievement in their fields. Videographers, filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, poets, visual artists, and artists in performance art and multimedia from any country are welcome to apply. Projects in all fields are welcome, but there is a particular interest in projects that are inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The Arts & Literary Arts Residency competition opens on October 1, 2012 with a deadline of November 29, 2012. For a possible residency between August 19, 2013 to November 29, 2013. See Application Overview & Guidelines: here


The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center’s mission is to promote innovation and identify impact-oriented solutions to critical global problems. The Foundation, through conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well-being of humanity.” The Center has launched major initiatives to strengthen global health systems, bolster resilience to climate change in poor communities around the world, mobilize an agricultural revolution in Africa, rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, strengthen the economic security of working families, and shape smarter, more sustainable transportation policies in the United States. This legacy, the serene work environment on the shore of Lake Como in northern Italy, the diverse groups of people, and the promise of future achievements make Bellagio an inspiring and productive forum for fostering positive change.