I am a regular listener to the TED Talks and was inspired in my compassion journey by : Compassion and the true meaning of empathy’. ‘Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she’s learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.’
Today, I found the CHARTER FOR COMPASSION website! Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun, on February 28, 2008 won the TED Prize and made a wish: for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion.
‘The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.’
I have read the Charter and watched the video. On the website there are various resources such as talks, documents, presentations, and stories to help us all learn and practice compassion. I will be learning more about the Charter and of compassionate actions around the world from the website. Really looking forward to it.
You may not agree with every thing in the Charter but I do believe you will find something to ignite your compassion, for self and others.
I have just found three chapters which I will read on the weekend in O’Mahony, Anthony and Ataullah Siddiqui (eds.) (2001) Christians and Muslims in the Commonwealth – A Dynamic Role in the Future. London: Altajir World of Islam Trust.
The chapters are:
1. Anthony Johns ‘The Need to Rediscover Compassion – Australasia’. p131-181
2. Matthew Hassan Kukah ‘The Collapse of Compassion: the African Experience’. p182-197
3. Dato’ Ismail bin Haji Ibrahim ‘The Need to Rediscover Compassion: South-east Asia and South Asia. p284-302