The Dalai Lama on The Appleton Compassion Art Project
by The Charter
1 year ago
The children of one Wisconsin town illustrate the many facets of one simple word that can mean the world: compassion. “The Appleton Compassion Project” was a community art project involving 10,436 Appleton Area School District K-12 art students. In Fall 2010, participating students received a 6-inch-by-6-inch art panel to draw or paint their idea of compassion. The rest was up to the student. You can view the art online -- complete with a guided tour. Visit The Appleton Compassion Project for more.
"To me, compassion means to go the extra mile to help someone in need, even if you don't know that person. I believe that compassion is a very desirable quality and if everyone showed compassion, the world would be a better place. To be compassionate I think that you need to care for others, love them, and treat them how you'd like to be treated. My drawing represents my view of the meaning of compassion because it shows a doctor, literally going the extra mile, traveling to Africa to help all of the people with illnesses. It takes a great person and a kind heart to show compassion toward other people. We all need to join together to set a good example and to demonstrate how to show compassion and kindness toward everyone, each day of our lives."
"A Sense of Purpose"
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the children advice on how to continue their quest for compassion beyond the walls of the art gallery though their attitude and by doing service in their community.
(Left: This child's drawing of his compassionate hero the Dalai Lama was signed by His Holiness.)
"We read the book, "14 Cows for America" by Carmen Agra Deedy. It takes place in Africa and it's about a village who set aside their most prized possesion for America after the September 11 attacks. Then we studied African Adinkra symbols to put on our panels. I chose the symbol for harmony. It reminds me of compassion because we need to be kind and be friends and put our differences aside and be friends. "Peace and love, not push and shove!!"