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Charter for Compassion

November 17, 2010 by Lightwaves

Compassion in Action

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.

Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment.

-Excerpted from the Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion – launched by 2008 TED Prize recipient Karen Armstrong – calls on us to honour one of humanity’s oldest precepts, the “golden rule”: to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Compassion lies at the heart of our teachings here at the ashram. The Divine Light Invocation, which is central to Swami Radha’s work, is a powerful practice for offering compassion.

As a Charter Partner, the ashram is infusing light into the global movement envisioned by Karen – a movement that has brought together leaders of the world’s major religions and spiritual traditions. Seattle has taken the lead as the first city in the world to affirm the Charter by signing onto the 10 Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities.

To mark the November 18th one-year anniversary of the Charter, the world is invited to tune into the TEDPrize@UN “Creating a Compassionate World” live webcast event at 11:00 a.m. ET, featuring among others Krista Tippett, Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

Ashram participants will be coming together to view the webcast and reflect on ways that we can bring compassion into action. We invite our Lightwaves readers to tune into this global event and send us your reflections to keep the dialogue on compassion vibrant.

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