Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Karen Armstrong explains how to practise the religion of compassion that her last books have preached.

In November 2009 Armstrong and TED launched The Charter of Compassion, which states that "We call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion...to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings — even those regarded as enemies." To date, it's been signed by over 48,000 people on the Web, including such figures as The Dalai Lama and Queen Noor, Dave Eggers and Meg Ryan. (www.charterforcompassion.org) Out of the ideals of that Charter has come this humane, accessible, indispensable short book for our times.


From the Hardcover edition.

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THE FIRST STEP
Learn About Compassion
 
 
All twelve steps will be educative in the deepest sense; the Latin educere means “to lead out,” and this program is designed to bring forth the compassion that, as we have seen, exists potentially within every...
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READING GUIDE

1. Learn About Compassion
 
Discussion Questions:

1. In the preface, Armstrong writes that our “egotism is rooted in the ‘old brain,’ which was bequeathed to us by the reptiles that struggled out of the primal slime some 500 million years ago” (p. 13). Even though we...

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PRAISE FOR

“Karen Armstrong is a genius.”
 — A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
 
“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.”
 — The New York Times Book Review
 
“Armstrong is a masterful writer.”
 — Publishers Weekly
 
“Armstrong has the gift of being able to compress a lot of information into a small space without losing focus or clarity.”
 — Edmonton Journal


From the Hardcover edition.