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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560839
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Will Tuttle has a master’s degree in humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from the University of California. A professional pianist and teacher, he has for the last thirteen years toured progressive churches, vegetarian and macrobiotic conferences, and intentional communities throughout the country. He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk and has worked extensively in Tai Chi, yoga, massage, and dance and movement. He lives in Healdsburg, California.

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Dr. Will Tuttle, author of the Amazon #1 best-seller, The World Peace Diet, has a master's degree in humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from the University of California, Berkeley.
A professional pianist, composer, and educator, he has for the last 20 years presented at progressive conferences and centers, and for vegetarian, social justice, peace, and university audiences. He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk and has worked extensively in Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, intuition development, and spiritual healing.
In July, 2007 he received the prestigious Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey. A vegan since 1980, he offers online and in-person training in effective vegan advocacy and in thriving on organic vegan diet.

Born in 1953 in Concord, MA, he learned to swim in Walden Pond, and left home in his youth on a spiritual pilgrimage that brought him to The Farm (the largest hippie commune in the world in 1975), into experience of many Eastern and Western spiritual paths, and eventually to San Francisco.

He lives on the road with his spouse Madeleine, a Swiss visionary artist, in a solar-powered RV and enjoys exploring wilderness areas and protecting sentient beings from exploitation.

Customer Reviews

This book opens your head and your heart in ways that will change your life.
H. Novak
The World Peace Diet by Dr. Will Tuttle is the most thorough book ever written on the lifestyle and food choices humans make on a daily basis.
Linda Middlesworth
In his book, "The World Peace Diet," Dr. Will Tuttle illuminates and expands on this concept.
Walter E. Jacobson

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158 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Delisa Renideo on October 13, 2005
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This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to grow spiritually, who wants to live a conscious and compassionate life, and who wants to contribute to world peace. I have read many books on the topic of vegetarianism, animal rights and animal welfare, spiritual growth, and peace and nonviolence. This book stands alone in its ability to make the connection between all of these subjects.

Will Tuttle, Ph.D. is a rare combination of extraordinary compassion, scholarly research and education, spiritual commitment and wisdom, intuitive insights, and the courage to challenge a worldview which goes back 10,000 years

In this book, Tuttle explores humanity's relationship with the foods we eat. He points out, very convincingly, that when humans began herding animals, it began to create a consciousness of exploitation which then spread to the control and domination of other humans, as well as animals. So the roots of human's violence to humans are found in the practice of seeing animals as objects to exploit for our own purposes: for food, furs, labor, entertainment, "sport" and experimentation. The use of humans as slaves and the subjugation of women followed the subjugation and enslavement of animals.

One thing that sets this book apart from any of the others that describe the problems associated with a meat-based diet is the focus on the spiritual aspects of our diet. When we take food into our bodies, we are also ingesting the energy contained in this food. Animals that are tortured and filled with terror and agony as they are killed are filled with this very negative energy. When humans eat their flesh, we are also ingesting this fear and anger. This affects us deeply.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on March 6, 2006
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What would happen if everyone ate with consideration of the damage they are causing the environment and other creatures? According to Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, we would all be vegan, and a lot less hostile.

Tuttle's hypothesis says that if people really stopped to consider how sacred the act of eating is, the fact that you are literally taking on the energy and life force of another piece of matter, people would be a lot more mindful of their choices. And naturally following from that would be a meat-free diet.

As long as we continue to try to dominate the animals we share the planet with, we will continue to have violence. He takes the idea of reaping what you sow to the ultimate end, arguing that humans live in cramped, ugly conditions with no joy because that is what we force animals to do; we have diets of highly processed, chemical-filled foods because that is what we give to animals; we are fat as we fatten our food unnaturally; we suffer more disease, chronic worry and pain because we give these things to animals.

"Our cultural predicament - the array of seemingly intractable problems that beset us, such a chronic war, terrorism, genocide, starvation, the proliferation of disease, environmental degradation, species extinction, animal abuse, consumerism, drug addiction, alienation, stress, racism, oppression of women, child abuse, corporate exploitation, materialism, poverty, injustice, and social malaise - is rooted in an essential cause that is so obvious that it has managed to remain almost completely overlooked," he writes.

It's a powerful, passionate argument, one that many who are already vegetarians or vegans will read and find themselves nodding their heads over.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Johnson on September 15, 2005
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Doctor Will Tuttle's World Peace Diet is unlike any other "diet book" that I have ever read. Books such as Dr. Atkins' Health Revolution, The Zone, Protein Power, and The South Beach Diet attempt to give the reader guidance on how to lose weight. However, they fail to spell out the psychological health, ethical, environmental, and spiritual implications of their guidance.

The World Peace Diet does give information to the reader on how a balanced vegetarian diet can help someone improve their health and lose weight. However, this book is much more than simply a self help "diet book." This book illustrates the many dark sides of eating just to lose weight without considering how we ( and other creatures) are affected emotionally and spiritually by our eating habits.The diet books mentioned above include animal foods as well as plant foods.This book does not consider animals, their milk or eggs to be suitable food for humans. Eating animals causes suffering to the humans eating them as well as the animals being eaten.

Dr. Tuttle's book is based in veganism which is not simply a set of food preferences but is actually a form of ethical vegetarianism. Vegans only eat plant foods and are thereby able to show "Reverence" for all forms of life. In the process they practice ahimsa (harmlessness) and contibute to world peace. No animals or " animal products" are consumed. This approach to eating is really a way of being in the world and not simply a set of food preferences.

This author brings great compassion and a very scholarly/ethical approach to his writing. At the same time he offers practical suggestions on how to eat in ways that enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health. I recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their own health in ways that also show respect and consideration for all animals and the planet itself!
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