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The Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world. The Charter encourages people to live according to the simple principle of compassion: do unto others what you would have them do unto you.

The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore compassionate thinking and, more importantly, compassionate action to the centres of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

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 Charter for Compassion Partners

The Charter’s call-to-action has inspired people and organizations to activate the Golden Rule around the world — in schools, town halls and board rooms. From Khairo Dero Village in Pakistan to Louisville, Kentucky; there are as many ways to create and sustain compassion as there are people with a will to participate.

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 Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize

Story by Rita Hibbard. 

Given one wish and $100,000, Karen Armstrong is changing the world. In February of 2008, Armstrong, a respected scholar who studies the connective tissues between world religions, was awarded the TED prize for her groundbreaking work. With that funding and the support of the TED organization, to grant one wish, Armstrong chose to focus on compassion.

Specifically, she asked TED to help her create, launch and propagate a “Charter for Compassion, crafted by a group of leading inspirational thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect.”