Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

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by Karen Armstrong
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0307595595

ISBN-13: 9780307595591

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307595591
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
218,344
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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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Armstrong brings her vast knowledge and her own compassionate nature to the writing of this book. A must read for all who are concerned about where our world is going and what we can do as an individuals to create better lives for ourselves and others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, excellent book. Should be required reading for politicians and, well, everyone who wants the global community to survive. She compresses her considerable knowledge of the world's religious beliefs into a very usable guide for living our lives without judging and condemning people who believe differently than we do. It gave me hope for humanity.a
ebony12 More than 1 year ago
This is a book everyone should read. We need to read it now more than ever. It does not matter if you are Christian or any other religion. It does not matter if you believe in anything. We all need compassion and we need to have compassion for everyone. America would be a better place to live if we could all have compassion.
SandyI More than 1 year ago
I've read several of her books and enjoyed every one of them. This book is more of a study book for me to read each chapter (more than once) and try to apply it in daily life and then move to the next chapter. I find it truly a book to change one's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For such an intellectual, Karen is able to communicate with passion and covers every possible angle and history of the subject of compassion from a multitude of sources. A great learning tool.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this over a year ago, as part of a group that was reading one chapter a month and meeting once a month to discuss it. I had to abandon going to the group because of my teaching assignment (I had a night class). So, after going to an excellent talk about mindfulness in the classroom, I finally picked it back up and read it cover to cover. Armstrong suggests doing that, and then going back, chapter by chapter, and not moving on to the next chapter until you have successfully worked on each concept. It is a marvelous work and inspiring. It is not cheesy but a guide to sincere self-reflection. I do not even want to call it "self-help" because that would imply gimmicks and hokey stuff. This work is based on a lifetime of her exploring the world's religions and looking at the commonalities, as well as explaining how our brain work and how our actions affect it and us. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to better themselves.!
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