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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Lifeby Karen Armstrong
Synopses & Reviews
One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world-author of such acclaimed books as "A History of God, Islam, "and "Buddha"--nowgives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place.
Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs towork diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionatelife.
The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with "Learn About Compassion" and close with "Love Your Enemies." In between, she takes up "compassionfor yourself," mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and "concern for everybody." She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and puttingit into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to "hear one another's narratives." Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life isnot a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two.
"From the Hardcover edition."
About the Author
Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs. In February 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public and crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The charter was signed in November 2009 by a thousand religious and secular leaders. She lives in London.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
The first step : learn about compassion — The second step : look at your own world — The third step : compassion for yourself — The fourth step : empathy — The fifth step : mindfulness — The sixth step : action — The seventh step : how little we know — The eighth step : how should we speak to one another? — The ninth step : concern for everybody — The tenth step : knowledge — The eleventh step : recognition — The twelfth step : love your enemies — A last word.
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