Across all wisdom traditions, compassion is a foundational pillar. All too often, we conflate compassion with sympathy and empathy, but in practice, it is a distinct, regenerative and unifying force that transforms us and all those it touches. As Dalai Lama eloquently summarizes, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
We invite you to join us for a 21-day compassion challenge, to explore different ways to bring this timeless virtue into our lives -- and to do it in concert with kindred spirits from around the globe. Every day will feature a unique practice of compassion from a different faith tradition. It will include parables, visuals and insightful prompts for daily reflection. As you submit your responses each day, you will also get to read other people's stories and interact in wide-ranging ways. In addition, we will host group calls throughout our time together to weave a collective tapestry of our emergent wisdom.
The challenge is being co-hosted by many of the 18 speakers in our recent Prayer Circle, and will likely include many organizing partners like Charter for Compassion, Greater Good Science Center, United Religions Initiative and Emory's Center for Compassion.
The revered mystic, Vimala Thakar, writes: "Compassion is a spontaneous movement of wholeness. It is not a studied decision to help the poor, to be kind to the unfortunate. Compassion has a tremendous momentum that naturally, choicelessly moves us to worthy action. It has the force of intelligence, creativity, and the strength of love. This vast intelligence that orders the cosmos is available to all. The beauty of life, the wonder of living, is that we share creativity, intelligence, and unlimited potential with the rest of the cosmos. To realize that we are not simply physical beings on a material planet, but that we are whole beings, each a miniature cosmos, each related to all of life in intimate, profound ways, should radically transform how we perceive ourselves, our environments, our social problems. Nothing can ever be isolated from wholeness."
Our tentative start date for the challenge is August 22nd. If you're able to join us, simply fill out the form below and circle hosts will follow up with the next steps by email.