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Compassionate University Initiative

Compassionate University Initiative | Compassion | Scoop.it

“The essence of compassion is a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and promote their well-being.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


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Compassion is a universal value revealing
our common humanity and

interdependence.

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A sustainable future requires augmented compassion for ourselves, fellow humans, and the natural environment.  The core of this initiative is to foster a holistic learning model which educates both the mind and heart of UCSC community in hopes of providing support for the full human experience which extends beyond academia.


 The university has a powerful responsibility and opportunity to impact the lives of young adults who hold our future in their hands. CUI is the thread that strives to weave together a well rounded university education through empathetic community building design.

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One on One - Karen Armstrong

The religious scholar and former nun has called upon faith leaders to collaborate to promote peaceful coexistence.
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Why We Care About the People of Syria | Mirror Neurons

Why We Care About the People of Syria | Mirror Neurons | Compassion | Scoop.it

Modern western cultures have shifted their focus from groups and classes to the individual and his or her personal right to pursue happiness. Each one of us feels that whatever is within the mantle of our skin is 'self', and whatever is outside is something else, something 'out there'.

 

In this vision of the world, you and I are two separate entities with very little connection between us. This view of human nature raises a terrible question: is there anything inside us that makes us care about other people? The response of the international community against the Syrian government gives us a positive message: it seems that we do care... 

As I describe in my recent book The Empathic Brain when we see other people's actions, sensations and emotions, a set of our brain circuits seems to transform this sight into a representation of our own actions, sensations and emotions.


by Christian Keysers

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Time for religion to be a force for good - - The Washington Post

Time for religion to be a force for good - - The Washington Post | Compassion | Scoop.it

Two years ago we launched the Charter for Compassion and yet the people who have come forward to help us have not been religious leaders but business men and women. This is great, because business people know how to strategize and work practically. And they are doing so - in the United States, Pakistan, and the Middle East.

 

We have launched a ten year campaign to build an international network of compassionate cities. This doesn’t mean that these cities are already compassionate, but that they are working hard to implement the ethos of compassion realistically, practically and creatively in the difficult circumstances of the 21st century.

 

by Karen Armstrong

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Basalt Police Chief Roderick O'Connor

An interview with Basalt, Colorado's Police Chief, Roderick O'Connor about compassion, Basalt as a Compassionate City, police work, and the future of the Int...
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Basalt Activist Adrianna Torres - Compassionate Basalt.

Adrianna Torres is an activist for the Latino community in Basalt, Colorado USA. In this video, she talks about her experience and the experience of her community in their relationship to Compassionate Basalt.

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12 Days of Compassion - Simon Fraser University | Study + Practice of Dialogue

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue will host a citywide conversation on compassion with world-renowned author Karen Armstrong for the 12-day period March 19–30, 2012.


SFU will present Armstrong with the prestigious Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. The visit also will mark the launch of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network, part of an international movement to build compassionate communities, inspired in part by Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion.

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Karen Armstrong returns to Vancouver, fighting for compassion | Vancouver Sun

Karen Armstrong returns to Vancouver, fighting for compassion | Vancouver Sun | Compassion | Scoop.it

SFU is bringing the world’s leading author on religions to Vancouver in mid-March for a remarkable series of events focussed on compassion. I’ll use this blog to try to keep you informed about them as her arrival nears.
Karen Armstrong — author of acclaimed books on Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and other spiritual streams — was the recipient of the $100,000 TED Prize in 2008, based on her work in the creation of a Charter for Compassion. The document was endorsed by the Dalai Lama when both he and Armstrong were recently together in Vancouver. See my story.

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Charter for Compassion On Facebook

Charter for Compassion On Facebook | Compassion | Scoop.it

Welcome to the official Facebook Page about Charter for Compassion. Join Facebook to start connecting with Charter for Compassion. Affirm the Charter today. Each name added makes the compassionate voice a more potent force in the world. Let us make the silent majority a challenge to extremism and hatred.

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Awakening Compassion

Awakening Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

“Armstrong’s book presents the opportunity to think deeply about the place of compassion in the world’s religious traditions and to explore one’s own faith while learning about the core values of others,” said Rev. Moore. “Our class is reflecting on the urgent need for religious leaders to refocus the heart of their various faith traditions upon commonly held compassion for all people.”

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Compassion: An Increasing Global Movement

Compassion: An Increasing Global Movement | Compassion | Scoop.it

I recently attended a talk with Joseph Goldstein, one of the leaders in the field who have introduced mindfulness to the West. One of the key themes of his talk surrounded to topic of compassion.

Compassion arises when someone brushes up against suffering and is a combination of empathy, feeling what another is feeling, and also an opening of the heart where there is a wanting to help in some way.

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UUA: Charter for Compassion Religious Education Art Project

UUA: Charter for Compassion Religious Education Art Project | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is one among a diverse group of interfaith religious organizations that have partnered with the "Charter for Compassion" community. This collaborative effort seeks to be a witness to the centrality of compassion in all of the world's religions—and to help build a more "peaceful and harmonious global community" through that witness.

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Children's Charter for Compassion

Children's Charter for Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

It's primary goal is to provide a means for children and those around them to understand how to treat themselves and others with love, kindness and ultimately with compassion in simple, easy to understand language. By implementing The Golden Rule, "do unto others as you will have done to yourself", world peace can be achieved. It begins with our children.

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Preview: Karen Armstrong on Losing Faith and Finding God - Video - OWNTV

Preview: Karen Armstrong on Losing Faith and Finding God - Video - OWNTV | Compassion | Scoop.it
Former Roman Catholic nun and best-selling religious historian Karen Armstrong, who created TED's Charter for Compassion, shares how she found her faith after losing her way.
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South African faith groupings agree on compassion charter

South African faith groupings agree on compassion charter | Compassion | Scoop.it

Major South African faith groupings have called on the public to restore compassion to religion, to ensure that the youth are given accurate information about other traditions and to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity.

 

This comes after faith groupings agreed on a “Charter for Compassion” to restore compassionate thinking and action in religious, moral and political life.

 

by LAEA MEDLEY

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Jon Ramer: Leading the Charge to a More Compassionate Future

Jon Ramer: Leading the Charge to a More Compassionate Future | Compassion | Scoop.it

Recently, I interviewed Jon Eliot Ramer, an American entrepreneur, civic leader, inventor, and musician. Former Executive Director of the Interra Project, Ramer is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ideal Network, a group-buying social enterprise located in Seattle, Washington that donates twenty-five percent of every purchase to a local non-profit or school. He is also the designer and co-founder of the Compassionate Action Network, an organization that led the effort to make Seattle the first in the world to affirm Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion. In his initial role as Executive Director, Jon conceived and launched the Ten Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities, which has now spread to over fifty cities worldwide.

 

by Rahim Kanani

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A Compassionate Future: An Interview with Karen Armstrong

A Compassionate Future: An Interview with Karen Armstrong | Compassion | Scoop.it

Three and half years ago, religious thinker and author Karen Armstrong created a Charter for Compassion, a document that sought to activate the Golden Rule around the world and restore the principle of compassion to the center of morality and religion.

 

Since it's launch in November of 2009, more than 76,000 people have signed and affirmed the charter.

 

By Susan Baller-Shepard,

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Northwest Herald | “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”group planned

Northwest Herald | “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”group planned | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock is launching a new discussion group based on the book 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life, by British writer and former nun Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is author of acclaimed books such as "A History of God," "The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism," "Christianity and Islam," and "The Bible: A Biography."...

 

According to Lisa Jacobsen who will coordinate the discussions, “Social Justice begins withthe compassion in our own hearts – and can only grow as our capacity to becompassionate increases. In this era of increasingly violent polarization, we invite you to join with members of our local multi-faith community and a large international on-line community to spend the next year in developing your moredeeply “compassionate self.’”

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Spalding University » Spalding Named Nation’s First Compassionate University » Spalding University

Spalding University » Spalding Named Nation’s First Compassionate University » Spalding University | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Compassionate Action Network reports the following, “Spalding University, located in Louisville, Kentucky, is the first university in the world to be designated a “Compassionate University” by the International Institute for Compassionate Cities. The decision by the Spalding leadership to meet the requirements of the Institute was made as the Louisville Metro Council voted to make Louisville a Compassionate City.


Spalding is one of the most historic institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, combining a sincere dedication to comprehensive, modern education with a genuine respect for its rich academic heritage. Spalding evolved from the Nazareth Academy, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1814 near Bardstown, Kentucky.

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Reading of Charter for Compassion - Opening 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Buffalo, NY 2011

"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.

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Building Common Ground with Compassion | Keene Public Library

Building Common Ground with Compassion | Keene Public Library | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Keene Public Library will be hosting a special reading group to study Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. The first meeting of the group will be held Tuesday Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

 

The Keene Public Library is one of 30 librarys to receive a $2,500 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Fetzer Institute to host a year-long series of programs “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility, and Compassion,” which is part of a a national initiative to enhance the quality of life and learning within the community through a series of library programs. This is just one in a number of civic engagement initiatives tailored specifically to engage the Keene community

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Compassionate Action Network

Compassionate Action Network | Compassion | Scoop.it

CAN is a network of self-organizing groups who share a common vision for a compassionate world. It's easy to get started or donate to help build a global movement.

In 2008, the City of Seattle welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and other luminaries to an event called Seeds of Compassion. The purpose of the five-day gathering was to nurture kindness and compassion in children and all those who touch their lives. One outcome of the event is the Compassionate Action Network (CAN) that makes it easier for you to make a difference!

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Healing this Wounded Earth: The Golden Rule - Compassion for all

Healing this Wounded Earth: The Golden Rule - Compassion for all | Compassion | Scoop.it

I heard of Karen Armstrong a year or so ago when some one introduced me to her TED lecture Let’s Revive the Golden Rule – given in July 2009. All religions teach the Golden Rule in some form: Do to others how you would wish them do to you, or in the negative version – do not treat others as you would not want to be treated yourself

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Golden Rule Curriculum

Golden Rule Curriculum | Compassion | Scoop.it

The students will also be introduced to a universal, moral principle known as the Golden Rule. And they will consider how the Golden Rule, the ethic of reciprocity, can be applied in their lives – at home, at school, in the local community and in the global community.

Often, young people feel that they live in a world where rules are thrust upon them, making it difficult for them to live their lives. In these lessons, the students will come to understand that they, too, create rules and guidelines for living to which they adhere on a daily basis. In fact, in Curriculum Section One, they will participate in a decision-making experience in which they determine the rules and guidelines for living in a given community context.

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