One River Gives its Journey to the Next

One River Gives its Journey to the Next


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"One River Gives its Journey to the Next"
by Marilyn Turkovich



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We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.

We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it‚ÄĒ

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give‚ÄĒtogether, we made

Something greater from the difference.

The poem above is by Alberto Rios, the inaugural state poet of Arizona. To say I love this poem is an understatement. It reflects the giving season, from Hannukah to Christmas and Kwanza. It reflects the myriad of facets that giving represents. My inbox, as I'm certain yours is, is filled with "asks" from different organizations. I'm caught between the requests to give us your money, ideas, talents, treasures and legacies, knowing it is impossible to respond to each need. The beauty of the poem, I believe, implies that we give of ourselves, no matter what that might be, a smile, a gesture of caring, a sigh of recognition, or a helping outstretched hand... Continue reading here.




Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

 Charter Education Institute

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Science of Compassion - On Demand
Take advantage of special $5 pricing for the month of December

The Science of Compassion course is intended to present a broad overview of research into a relatively new branch of neuroscience. During the last several decades, the exploration into the science of compassion has been growing monumentally across continents, and measurement and evaluation, while still in early developmental stages, is being investigated vigorously by major international institutions. 

On-demand courses by design are self-paced and can be taken anytime. 

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The Global Gala Gallery

NOW until December 31, 2022

Our Gallery offers art from our international community of supporters and artists.
All the art sale proceeds support artists AND the Charter for Compassion, sustaining artists and compassion.

Purchases will be sent to you directly from our contributing artists.

Stroll through the gallery, choose pieces that speak to you,
and don't forget the gift giving season is around the corner!

New art is still added regularly! Visit the gallery here!

The Gallery is open until December 31 at 6 pm PT

Global Read

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Inner Harmony by Jon Kolkin
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 9 am PDT / 10.30 pm IST Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)

A groundbreaking collection of stunning, intimate photographs of Buddhist monastics and laypeople taken over 13 years throughout Asia by award-winning photographer, physician and international medical volunteer, Jon Kolkin, M.D. Skillfully blending photography with health and spirituality, the book's 18 chapters examine core principles central to living a more balanced and compassionate life, regardless of one’s spiritual beliefs.

Designed by acclaimed graphic artist Lance Hidy, with poetry and prose by Buddhist scholar, Dr. Paula Arai, forewords were contributed by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Her Majesty, the Queen Mother of Bhutan. 

Film Series

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The Power of the Heart
Available to watch Thursday, December 15 - 17 Check other timezones here

From the director of ‚ÄėTHE SECRET‚Äô comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart.

Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle, this film presents fascinating evidence that your heart is much more than a physical organ… and that it can actually transform your views of money, health, relationships, and success.


 Opportunities to Donate until the end of the Year!

FACEBOOK RECURRING DONOR FUNDRAISER: Become a monthly donor for the Charter for Compassion via Facebook and get META (the parent company over Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and more) to match your donation if signed up by December 31. 100% of proceeds go to the Charter. Learn more here to donate!

RACE4GOOD:¬†The Charter for Compassion and¬†Race4Good¬ģ Global Youth League,¬†a student leadership program unlike any other,¬†have formed a unique partnership that¬†brings together schools from around the world to take part in a series of groundbreaking races aimed at uplifting communities in need. Help to sponsor a team that in turn, supports a village project.¬†Learn more here to donate!

SUNLIGHT UKRAINE: This program ships simple solar-powered lanterns to families in Ukraine. These inflatable lanterns can stay lit all night with a solar recharge, and they also have a plug that can be used to charge a cell phone. Your gift will bring these simple solar lanterns to families and, with it, the life-changing gifts of light and human connection. Learn more here to donate!

UVALDE LOVE PROJECT: Community project that will promote community healing through a combination of workshops and art. The final part of the project is a mosaic mural of handmade tiles by workshop participants and other members of the community. Learn more here to donate! 


January Course:
How to Become an Activist for our World and How to Maintain it! with Ellen Serfaty - Course begins Jan. 16

January Global Read:
Making Great Relationships by Rick Hanson - Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9 am PST / 6 pm CET / 10.30 pm IST 

February Course:
Dealing with Anxiety with Rick Hanson - Course begins Feb. 13

February Global Read:
Active Hope by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 9 am PST / 6 pm CET / 10.30 pm IST

 From our Charter Partners

2nd Annual Season of Peace, Songs of Joy & Justice with Emma's Revolution

Part I - Dec 11, 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST / 10 pm CET / 8 am AEDT (Dec 12)

Sun Dec 11th Season of Peace Concert Updated


Part II - Dec 18, 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST / 10 pm CET / 8 am AEDT (Dec 19)

Sun Dec 18th Season of Peace Concert

Register Here or watch on their Facebook Page Here (both dates are with the same links.)

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The¬†Community of Mindful Parenting¬†aspires to empower families to become more mindful and compassionate. They are a multigenerational, multicultural and fully inclusive community that strives to nurture powerful relationships between parents/caregivers and their children. Their¬†Listening Mothers‚ĄĘ¬†and¬†Finding Calm¬†classes explore the relationship between caregiver and child through a lens of self compassion. Their weekly Communi-Teas are a centering tool for meditation. Learn more here.

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