Special Community Discussion

  • Cultivating Compassion in Your Community with Karen Armstrong and the Compassionate Action Network Paid Member

    The Charter for CompassionOn February 28, 2008 Karen Armstrong won the $100,000 TED Prize and made a wish for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion. After the Charter was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009, the Compassionate Action Network (“CAN”) launched an effort to create the first “Compassionate City” in Seattle. On April 24, 2010, the mayor and city council affirmed the Charter for Compassion and proclaimed the city’s support for a 10-year Compassionate City Campaign, making Seattle the first city in the world to become a Compassionate City. More »
  • Karen Armstrong on Religious Fundamentalism Paid Member

    In the wake of 9/11, we struggled with the consequences and lessons of that terible day, as did all organizations concerned with spiritual traditions. The Winter 2001 issue, the first to appear after 9/11, featured responses from a number of respected Buddhist figures, among them Acharya Judy Lief, who wrote: More »
  • Compassion in Action Paid Member

    Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell Aging, sickness, and death are unavoidable, yet we seem to arrange our lives so that we don't have to see them. If we could embrace the reality of death, our lives would lighten and become more genuine and joyful. More »