• Dzigar Kongtrul writes about compassion as a practice large enough to embrace suffering and difficulties.
  • Aura Glaser delineates the multidimensional nature of compassion as intensely personal and deeply social.
  • Jim Wallis claims that compassion has to do with making connections, empathy, and acknowledging the kindred spirit we all share.
  • Bernie Glassman talks about bearing witness as a spiritual practice that encourages us to see the big picture and to empathize with all through compassion.
  • Pema Chodron presents techniques for arousing compassion and using images to soften our hearts.
  • Sogyal Rinpoche envisions a world where there are more people who cultivate and spread compassion and wisdom.
  • Karen Armstrong writes about the growing importance of compassion in a post-9/11 world where we must lay aside greed and selfishness.
  • Marcus Borg assesses the historical Jesus and the heart of contemporary faith in light of compassion.
  • Stephen Batchelor wants us to find new ways to expand our circle of compassion way beyond "me" and "mine."
  • Lorne Ladner delivers a practical exercise in compassion from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition called "Joyfuly Losing Arguments in Daily Life."
  • David Augsburger shares a teaching story by the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko on compassion.
  • Franz Metcalf shares this spiritual practice of compassion and suggests using it when surrounded by irritating sounds and noise.
  • Sam Keen presents a liberating and bold vision of what it would take to achieve to world compassionate order.
  • Melody Ermachild Chavis commends compassionate prayers offered in solidarity with prisoners facing execution, as well as for their loved ones, their victims, and prison staff.

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