Living the Golden Rule—globally

In 2008, over 154,000 people gathered in Seattle, Washington, (along with seven million who watched online) to talk about compassion. Anchored by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others, the five-day meeting explored ways that children and adults could commit to living with compassion for others and for themselves. After these meetings, the dialogue continued, via the Internet, and led to the Charter for Compassion in November 2009.

Resting on the biblical message to love our neighbors as ourselves, the invitation to sign the charter is open to all. The charter transcends cultural, political, and religious beliefs. 

It declares that “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 honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity, and respect.” 

With God's light
June 24, 2013

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