Expanding Our Circle of Compassion
THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION AND COMPASSIONATE CITIES ARE ONGOING PROJECTS: To date some 99,596 people from around the world have signed the Charter, which was started when Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and made a wish: for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion. On November 12, 2009, the Charter was unveiled.
Among those who have given the charter their backing are Richard Branson, Musician Peter Gabriel, Sir Ken Robinson and the Dalai Lama. As of this month, some 99,500 other people from around the world have affirmed it. On April 26, 2010, Seattle became the first city in the world to affirm the charter.
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“Tenzin Robert Thurman became a Tibetan monk at age 24. He’s a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.
“Thurman’s focus is on the balance between inner insight and cultural harmony. In interpreting the teachings of Buddha, he argues that happiness can be reliable and satisfying in an enduring way without depriving others.
“He has translated many Buddhist Sutras, or teachings, and written many books, recently taking on the topic of Anger for the recent Oxford series on the seven deadly sins. He maintains a podcast on Buddhist topics. And yes, he is Uma’s dad..” TED.com
A Biased Mind Cannot Grasp Reality: A Message from the Dalai Lama
Excerpts from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s address to the inter-faith seminar organised by the International Association for Religious Freedom, Ladakh Group, in Leh on 25 August.
We are now in the twenty first century. The quality of research on both the inner and physical world has reached quite high levels, thanks to the tremendous stride in technological advancement and human intelligence. However, as some of the speakers said before, the world is also facing a lot of new problems, most of which are man-made. The root cause of these man-made problems is the inability of human beings to control their agitated minds. How to control such a state of mind is taught by the various religions of this world.” MORE
Photograph taken by an employee of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and as a work of the U.S. federal government it is in the public domain.
SILENCE AT NOON
Deep in the sun-searched growth the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky ~
So this wing’d hour is dropt to us from above.
SILENCE AT NOON
The days are filled with noise and moods
but silence lies here at noon
like stillness between heartbeats
and the Ever speaks
through dragonflies breathing vineyards
and a million bees humming the same tune
Caravans of monks and nuns
leave messages in dead languages
and encrypted ritual
as they walk their pathways across bridges
known for their span and silver beauty
Like a revered teacher’s stupa
or a gothic Cathedral
those bridges spin toward heaven
and trip to the other side
The same whispered stories
fill your rattling lungs with grief
The only truth is in the silence at noon
doing duty as shawl, shield, and salvation
© 2012, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
Photograph ~ Arcana Dea, Public Domain Pictures.net