Twelve steps to a compassionate life

Staff writer
February 8, 2013 01:00 AM

Karen Armstrong is one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world.

In Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, she gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place. Armstrong believes that while compassion is a part of our basic nature, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion.

In this straight-forward and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us to a more compassionate life. The steps include loving your enemies, compassion for yourself, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, concern for everybody and concrete ways of putting our compassion into action.

When Armstrong received the TED award in 2008 she asked them to help her create, launch and propagate a charter for compassion that would counter the voices of extremism, intolerance and hatred so prevalent in our world. Thousands from all over the world contributed to a draft charter on a multilingual website, and these comments were presented to the Council of Conscience - a group of notable individuals from six faith traditions who met in Switzerland in 2009 to compose the final version. The opening paragraph states: "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."

The community is invited to join and explore this wonderful book. The study will be held Tuesdays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Living Faith Lutheran. To sign up, contact the church office at livingfaithlutheran@gmail.com, Pastor Ian at iannestpaul@gmail.com or leave a message at 604-885-2202. The only cost is $15.33 for the book. The study begins Feb 12.

- Submitted


© Coast Reporter

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Coast Reporter

Email to a Friend

Close

QUESTION OF THE WEEK POLL

Are you making alternate plans for your children should the new school year not start on time due to the teachers’ strike?

or  view results

Popular Coast Reporter

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.