Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

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by Karen Armstrong
     
 

In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.
 
The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with

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In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.
 
The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307595591
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
600,192
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Wish for a Better World 3

The First Step Learn About Compassion 25

The Second Step Look at Your Own World 65

The Third Step Compassion for Yourself 75

The Fourth Step Empathy 91

The Fifth Step Mindfulness 105

The Sixth Step Action 110

The Seventh Step How Little We Know 116

The Eighth Step How Should We Speak to One Another? 131

The Ninth Step Concern for Everybody 143

The Tenth Step Knowledge 156

The Eleventh Step Recognition 164

The Twelfth Step Love Your Enemies 177

A Last Word 191

Acknowledgments 195

Notes 199

Suggestions for Further Reading 213

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