Culture of Empathy Builder:  Karen Armstrong
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (Google books preview)
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leans toward practical acts of kindness
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life is a much briefer book. Its emphasis on the
practical, rather than the theoretical, side of spirituality makes it easy to
dip into, but even with its brevity, the book doesn't oversimplify the many
religious traditions from which it draws. Compassion in the sense in which
Armstrong uses the term doesn't mean pity. It's something closer to the golden
rule in one of the many variations in which nearly every religion teaches it.
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But each of us can pursue that elusive goal, she suggests, by learning from the
religious tradition of our choice. Each tradition, she says, offers myths to
teach us kindness and empathy. It doesn't matter much what myths one embraces,
because, "at their best, all religious, philosophical, and ethical traditions
are based on the principle of compassion."
Ideas for Change - Karen Armstrong - Charter for Compassion
About the Charter for Compassion
Business people have the most to pick up the charter.
Q 3:00 - how to integrate it?
what compassion means?
Q 5:10 Yearning for non violence?
Q 6:40 media and see pain and suffering?
Q. 8:30 - The media's role?
Q. People say human nature isn't compassionate?
Q. is this hard?
Q. Capitalism and Compassion?
Q. Commonality of religions?
Q. Is this an axial age
2011-01-12 - Charlie Rose Show - Video:
Karen Armstrong on her
book 'The Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life'
On the 12 steps to a compassionate life: Q&A with Karen Armstrong
"On Christmas eve, the TED
Blog had a chat with Karen about the ways people around the world are
embracing the Charter
for Compassion — the result of her
TED Prize wish –- a
year from its launch, the importance of kindness in discourse, and the
perennial human struggle to put others first."
Twelve Concrete Ways To Live A 'Compassionate Life' - NOR Radio
"From Confucius to Oprah, people have preached compassion for centuries. But how
often is it put into practice? Karen Armstrong believes religion, which should
advocate for compassionate living, is often part of the problem. In Twelve
Steps To A Compassionate Life, she describes ways to add kindness to daily
Karen Armstrong: "I Became Anti-Religion for 13 Years" - Super Soul
Sunday - Oprah Winfrey Network
Armstrong: "The Biblical God Is a Starter Kit" - Super Soul Sunday -
Oprah Winfrey Network
Karen Armstrong - How Little We Know - Empathy and Compassion in Society
happiness gets mixed up with emotions
illusive and just out of reach
problems - difficult brains
Me first thinking. - Self preoccupation
Dethroning yourself - put the ego in it's place
It's ego, ego, ego
2009-08-14 - Chautauqua Lectures -
Karen Armstrong: Charter for Compassion
the most prolific religious authors
on role of religions
yearning around the world for compassion
of peace through compassion
Armstrong - Title of Lecture - Why
Compassion as the Core of Faith
My study for 20 years - religions always come back
to compassion to faith.
Why do we need compassion now?
Every major religion ha s this
golden rule. first we know of is Confucius
Confucius - 600 BC
central thread of your teachings?
to the self
do not do
to others which you would not like done to you.
your own heart - and don't inflict pain
teaching and we -golden rule
behave as if self did not exist
self - grasping, fearful, greedy, insecure, self
cause of pain, hatred.
get past this and you'll be on the road
India - Ahimsa - nonviolence - 8th century
Have concern for everyone - no
15:00 Empathy - it's that same principle
of empathy, that we found in Confucius.
Compassion - 'to experience with'
Dangers of not getting rid of the self
20:00 Core of compassion demands constant
The religions all say selfishness holds us
Scientists - the brain is wired for
Compassion needs practice
Global reason for compassion - We are in
Religious Leaders are talking about
doctrine, hate, etc, not compassion
Won the TED prize
Create Charter for Compassion.
Bring compassion back to central life.
Another Arcane attractive statement?
Done online create a movement
Golden Rule is essence of morality
point of this is Action
a call to Action
There are many initiatives
A culture of greed or compassion
Be Sensitized to hateful speech
Spectacle of Suffering
Story of Kindly Nun
Q1: Influence of Texts in Religion ?
Downplaying negative parts of religious
ie. Catholic Church suppressing sex
need to examine abhorrent texts
Q2: Need for Critical Appraisal?
compassion demands critical appraisal but
not in ego
someone has to break cycle of attack.
constantly put yourself in the place of
Q3: Marketing Compassion ?
Q4: Incorporating Compassion in Economics ?
Q5: The Trend in Compassion ?
seek the good in cultures
supporting dictatorial regimes is not
is society becoming more compassionate?
I don't know. one step forward one step
Q6: Listening with Open Ears?
Q7: Relation with Compassion and Competition?
Q8: Opportunities with Contributing?
2010-02-17 - The Charter for Compassion Launch
An important day - Seattle supports the
Charter of Compassion
We need to bring compassion to peoples
need to implement compassion in the nitty
gritty of life
1:20 - Q: is compassion different in city
2:20 Q: Asked - How do you define
it's not pity
we need a lot of work to educate people
about the meaning
compassion is not about feelings
may feel all kinds of empathy for people,
compassion is a principled determination
to put yourself in someone else's shoes
from - endure or experiencing something
with somebody else.
you realize you are in it together
The Golden Rule
Karen Armstrong Interviewed by Odyssey Networks at Compassionate Seattle