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    Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religious affairs, including The Case for God, A History of God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation. She lives in London.

    In February 2008 Armstrong was awarded the TED Prize and began working on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public and crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. The charter was launched in November 2009 and Armstrong is working with TED and the Compassionate Action Network to build an international network of Compassionate Cities dedicated to implementing the Charter realistically and practically into 21st century urban life. Other partners are working vigorously and creatively to promote the compassionate ideal in Pakistan and the Middle East.

    The author invites you to start a Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Reading Group in your community, school, or workplace. An Organizer’s Guide, including tips for starting the group, discussion questions, sample promotional material, and more, can be found online at

    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


    ISBN 9780307742889
    Genre SELF-HELP / Spiritual
    Format Paperback
    Pages 222
    Publisher Date 2011-12-27 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Anchor Books
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Armstrong, Karen

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