Compassion in Action: Setting out on the Path of Service

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Featuring an eye-catching new cover, this classic guide is for those ready to commit time and energy to relieving suffering in the world. No two people are better qualified to help us along this path than Ram Dass, who has spent more than 25 years teaching and writing on the subject of living consciously, and Mirabi Bush, who succeeded him as chairperson of the Seva Foundation.

Author of the bestselling Being Here Now and spiritual inspiration to millions, Ram Dass ...

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Overview

Featuring an eye-catching new cover, this classic guide is for those ready to commit time and energy to relieving suffering in the world. No two people are better qualified to help us along this path than Ram Dass, who has spent more than 25 years teaching and writing on the subject of living consciously, and Mirabi Bush, who succeeded him as chairperson of the Seva Foundation.

Author of the bestselling Being Here Now and spiritual inspiration to millions, Ram Dass now presents his first book in six years: a heartfelt offering of encouragement and advice for those who want to commit time and energy to relieving suffering in the world.

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This book continues along the line of previous books by Dass, such as (with Paul Gorman) How Can I Help? (Knopf, 1985) and (with the Lama Foundation) Be Here Now (Crown, 1971). In explaining how one becomes compassionate or works to reduce suffering, Dass presents his own spiritual journey in the first part of the book. Although he is open to various religious and philosophical traditions, he is primarily grounded in the traditions of the East, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. The second part of the book, written by Bush, contains a discussion of principles for compassionate action, such as ``Do What You Love,'' ``Start Small,'' and ``Reflect on Your Motives.'' At the end there is not only an annotated bibliography, but an annotated directory of organizations which will appeal to those seeking to put compassion into action. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/91.-- John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517885000
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 983,491
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Called by Compassion 1
Finding My Caring Heart 9
Introduction 11
The Early Years 14
Turning Points 31
Be Like Gandhi 48
Teachings Along the Way 68
The Seva Lessons 83
Readiness 102
Love and Truth in Service 116
The Path of Action 133
First Steps 155
Act from the Heart 157
Listen 165
Start Small 172
Start Right Where You Are 180
Do Your Homework 188
Imagine 196
Stay Awake to Suffering 200
Work Alone or With Others 210
Reflect on Your Motives 221
Resources, Skills, and Talents 231
Enter Lightly 240
Opportunities for Action 245
Take the Leap 262
Light on the Path 269
Words from the Heart: A Bibliography on Compassion 271
Partnerships for Change: A Directory of Organizations 283
About the Authors 299
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