Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore, (individual citizens) have the duty to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.
~ Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950
Peace Begins in the Human Heart
The concept of a “golden rule” in which we do to others only what we would want others to do to us, can be found in one form or another as far back as the civilizations of ancient China, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It has been called an “ethic of reciprocity,” and can be found in all cultures, and in all world religions as well as in the philosophies of humanists and existentialists. It is,
in short, an ethical code that most all of humanity can agree on. Why then do we find ourselves here in the 21st century inhabiting a world that is dangerously polarized, with a growing imbalance of power and wealth among the ever-increasing number of people on the Earth, with continuing wars that ravage populations and waste resources, with massive genocide and terrorist atrocities that endanger us all? How is it that we find humankind facing the terrifying possibility of environmental catastrophe? These questions confront us with a greater urgency than ever, and it is these questions that have led us to the human heart and the human brain—the great possibilities of compassion that lie within each human being— to identify a solution.
Imagine and Act with Us. Hundreds of regional, national, and international organizations with millions of members currently exist in the hope of establishing a more peaceful and non-violent world. Now, however, more than any other time in history, we have both greater urgency and greater opportunity to connect all of these people, to work together to imagine and then build a compassionate world. Imagine a world where everyone is committed to living by the principle of compassion. What could that mean for the more than seven billion people that now share the planet? Imagine the impact of vast numbers of people “bringing compassion to life” in their own lives, in all their families, in business, in education, in healthcare, in religious and spiritual practices, in the arts, and in an awareness of the environment. That is the vision and the commitment of the Charter for Compassion.We invite you to join us—to weave your compassion with the same heartfelt impulse of both friends and strangers throughout the Earth.
Join Our Peace Conference Call on July 8. We hope all who are interested will join us. The call will be 90 minutes long, and you need to register for the call with Maestro Conference. We have the capacity to have up to 500 comfortably on the call. Before you go to Maestro, you'll want to check to see what time the call will happen in your part of the world. Consult the World Clock—Time Converter. Start with Seattle at 6:00 AM and enter your city in the field and click on convert.
If you click on this link you'll be taken to Maestro where you'll be asked to register and given a pin number. On the date of the Conference, call in using the number you were given and enter your access code.
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F O R C O M P A S S I O N W E E K A C T I V I T I E S
The Tenzin Gyatso Institute, The Charter for Compassion, and Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) are delighted to announce "Compassion Week" in San Francisco from November 10 – 16, 2014. Click here for more information and registration. Take advantage of the "Early Bird" registration price.
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