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Q&A: Religion scholar Karen Armstrong | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Q&A: Religion scholar Karen Armstrong | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper | Compassion | Scoop.it

Q. What's the main headline when you speak these days?

That if we want a safe world, we have to practice compassion - for all beings, not just the people we find congenial. Unless we learn to implement the Golden Rule globally, so that we treat all peoples, all nations, all ethnicities the way we wish to be treated ourselves, we're not going to have a viable world.

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Karen Armstrong Lecture - St. John the Divine, April 27, 2010

On Wednesday, April 27, Karen joins Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski for a far reaching conversation about religion and ethics in the modern world, and why we must place compassion at the heart of public discourse on religion and morality.

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Karen Armstrong Preaches Compassion in Morristown

Karen Armstrong Preaches Compassion in Morristown | Compassion | Scoop.it

I tried to bait the famous author into a partisan screed, but she was having none of it.

“America is at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now our Nobel Peace Prize winning president is taking us into war in Libya. I’d be interested to hear your take on how some of the things you’ve talked about relate to the wider geopolitical scene,” I said to Karen Armstrong, author of more than two dozen books, most recently Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

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Ware Lecture: “The Challenge of Compassion”

Event 4022 Ware Lecture: “The Challenge of Compassion” on UUA General Assembly 2011 in Charlotte, NC on Livestream - Watch live streaming Internet TV.

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Charter for Compassion gains ground - Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Interfaith Dialogue Group convened a gathering of more than 50 local residents at First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz recently to explore the Charter for Compassion proposed by noted religious scholar and author Karen Armstrong. The charter goal is "to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world."

At the Santa Cruz meeting, residents described concerns about the prejudice, harassment and violence that has been directed at gays, lesbians, Latinos and adherents of both Islam and Judaism.

Organizers proposed a Santa Cruz-wide Charter for Compassion commemoration for the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2011.

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Charter for Compassion

The Charter brings together the voices of people from all religions. It seeks to remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the core principle of compassion and the Golden Rule. The Charter will change the tenor of the conversation around religion. It will be a clarion call to the world..

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Twelve Concrete Ways To Live A 'Compassionate Life' : NPR

From Confucius to Oprah, people have preached compassion for centuries. But how often is it put into practice? In Twelve Steps To A Compassionate Life, religion expert Karen Armstrong describes ways to add kindness to daily routines.

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On the 12 steps to a compassionate life: Q&A with Karen Armstrong | TED Blog

On the 12 steps to a compassionate life: Q&A with Karen Armstrong  | TED Blog | Compassion | Scoop.it

This week, religious scholar and 2008 TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong released 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life, a practical guide to the understanding and practice of compassion. 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.

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Supervisors present proclamation supporting Charter for Compassion

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Board of Supervisors approved and presented a proclamation on Tuesday that includes a call to county residents for renewed respect and compassion. Supervisor Denise Rushing, who asked for the board to consider the proclamation in support of the Lake County Charter for Compassion, presented it on Tuesday on behalf of the board.

The local charter is part of a larger, worldwide effort that noted religious scholar Karen Armstrong launched. At its center is a document – now translated into more than 30 languages – that organizers say “transcends religious, ideological and national difference,” and is supported by many leading thinkers from many traditions.

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Charter for Compassion Canada

Charter for Compassion Canada | Compassion | Scoop.it

Canadians For Compassion is the vision and aspiration of Jannet Ann Nordemann, a self-proclaimed compassionista, student of several of the world faith and spiritual traditions for over 30 years, lawyer and social entrepreneur. Jannet was inspired to share the Charter For Compassion after hearing Karen Armstrong at the TED.com event in 2008 where she was awarded the TED Prize.

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Charter for Compassion Canada | How to be happier: meaning and happiness blog. Happiness and science, philosophy, spirituality

Charter for Compassion Canada | How to be happier: meaning and happiness blog. Happiness and science, philosophy, spirituality | Compassion | Scoop.it

Canadians For Compassion is the vision and aspiration of Jannet Ann Nordemann, a self-proclaimed compassionista, student of several of the world faith and spiritual traditions for over 30 years, lawyer and social entrepreneur. Jannet was inspired to share the Charter For Compassion after hearing Karen Armstrong at the TED.com event in 2008 where she was awarded the TED Prize. In November 2009, an event to celebrate the launch of the Charter For Compassion was held in London, Ontario, with representatives of many faiths and ethnic backgrounds attending. The response to the Charter was so positive that Jannet decided to set-aside her legal practice in order to dedicate her energies to becoming an “Ambassador” of the Charter

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Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

Google's "Jolly Good Fellow," Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business -- and its bold side projects. One of Google's earliest engineers, Chade-Meng Tan is now Google's Jolly Good Fellow -- the head of personal growth at the groundbreaking

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Charter for Compassion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charter for Compassion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Charter for Compassion is a document which urges the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion. The charter is currently available in thirty languages, and is being translated into more.

The Charter for Compassion is a document which urges the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion. The charter is currently available in thirty languages, and is being translated into more.

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Reform UK Politics Now: 'A widening circle of compassion', Albert Einstein and the Charter of Compassion

Reform UK Politics Now: 'A widening circle of compassion', Albert Einstein and the Charter of Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, 
his thoughts and feelings,
 as something separated from the rest -
 a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
 restricting us to our personal desires and
 affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison
 by widening our circle of compassion -
 to embrace all living creatures and
the whole of nature in its beauty.

Nobody is able to achieve this completely,
 but the striving for such achievement is, in itself,
 a part of the liberation and a 
foundation for inner security." Albert Einstein

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Karen Armstrong's rich resources for a compassionate life

Karen Armstrong's rich resources for a compassionate life | Compassion | Scoop.it

Selfishness and narcissism are virtues. Compassion is weakness. Or so Ayn Rand and her admirers in Congress and elsewhere would have us believe. This would be a neat, tidy theory, if only our ancestors hadn’t evolved that pesky part of the brain called the neocortex.

Our distant ancestors lived mostly out of the older, reptilian brain, which was wired for survival and not much else. Neuroscientists describe the cardinal virtues of the reptilian brain as the Four Fs: feeding, fighting, fleeing, and um, procreation. These selfish impulses are absolutely necessary for personal survival and the survival of a species.

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Author: Step closer to life of compassion

Author: Step closer to life of compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

Karen Armstrong, whose books on religion have earned her international renown, urged Morristown Thursday to sign her Charter for Compassion.

“We are creating a network of compassionate cities all over the world, and I urge you: Why not make this city one of them?” she asked. “We’re devising a one-page template to show you the steps you have to go through to get your city to affirm the charter.”

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Return to the Golden Rule

Return to the Golden Rule | Compassion | Scoop.it

In "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life," she calls on religious people and others to return the Golden Rule to a pre-eminent place in their lives

Q. And you say the Golden Rule started with Confucius, five centuries before Jesus?

Yes. All the world religions have developed the Golden Rule, quite independently of one another, and said it's the test of true spirituality. That's not to say that all religions are the same. But what they do agree on is that there's something wrong with your spirituality and your practice of religion if it doesn't lead you to compassion. That is the test in every religion.

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Karen Armstrong speaks on 'charter for compassion' on Independent Catholic News

Karen Armstrong speaks on 'charter for compassion' on Independent Catholic News | Compassion | Scoop.it

Religious historian and former nun Karen Armstrong, gave a talk at London’s Purcell Room last Wednesday on her project to return compassion to the heart of religious discourse.

This initiative, whose central ideas are elaborated on in her latest book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, came about in 2008 when she was awarded $100,000 from Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) which promotes “ideas worth spreading”. Frustrated that, she felt, religion is not making a contribution to building a global community founded upon respect – “one of the chief tasks of our time”, she asked TED to help her to create a charter for compassion that would restore the golden rule to the centre of moral and religious life. This charter was then drawn up by leading activists and thinkers representing six of the major world faiths.

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Karen Armstrong unveils the charter for compassion

The charter for compassion is unveiled in Washington and around the world on the 12th of November 2009. Featuring an interview with TED prize winner Karen Armstrong about the charter.

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THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others - even our enemies - is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

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Karen Armstrong: 2008 TED Prize wish: Charter for Compassion

As she accepts her 2008 TED Prize, author and scholar Karen Armstrong talks about how the Abrahamic religions -- Islam, Judaism, Christianity -- have been diverted from the moral purpose they share to foster compassion. But Armstrong has seen a yearning to change this fact. People want to be religious, she says; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion -- to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

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Karen Armstrong: Charter for Compassion

Ms. Armstrong describes how Islam, Judaism and Christianity have been diverted from a shared moral purpose. She now is working with the TED community to build a Charter for Compassion.

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Karen Armstrong speaks on 'charter for compassion' on Independent Catholic News

Karen Armstrong speaks on 'charter for compassion' on Independent Catholic News | Compassion | Scoop.it

Religious historian and former nun Karen Armstrong, gave a talk at London’s Purcell Room last Wednesday  on her project to return compassion to the heart of religious discourse.

This initiative, whose central ideas are elaborated on in her latest book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, came about in 2008 when she was awarded $100,000 from Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) which promotes “ideas worth spreading”. Frustrated that, she felt, religion is not making a contribution to building a global community founded upon respect – “one of the chief tasks of our time”, she asked TED to help her to create a charter for compassion that would restore the golden rule to the centre of moral and religious life. This charter was then drawn up by leading activists and thinkers representing six of the major world faiths.

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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life: Advice leans toward practical acts of kindness: Book Review

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life: Advice leans toward practical acts of kindness: Book Review | Compassion | Scoop.it

Karen Armstrong usually writes big books about big subjects. Her previous one, The Case for God, roamed in depth through the history of religion around the world, finding common ground in a mystical approach to its subject.

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.

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The Charter for Compassion Launch Highlights

On November 12, 2009, The Charter for Compassion was launched during a ceremony at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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