Doing What's Right!

Doing What's Right!


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"Doing What's Right"
by Lynn de Vree




Walking the dog, I listen to the birds and the wind in the trees. I love the quiet alone time and allowing my mind to wander. Often, I mull over things I've read or stories that friends have told me and I notice the compassion or its absence. The story I'm sharing with you below touched me and it kept resurfacing in my mind. Its author shared it, in a local social media group to which I belong, more than a year ago. 

It poignantly illustrates for me how acting from compassion is a satisfying, and not always easy, thing to do. Anonymously escaping into the darkness was an option, but compassion took hold. Or was it a sense of responsibility? 

To me, the two go hand in hand. If we all choose to act responsibly and with compassion to all those around us, every time an opportunity presents itself, we will inevitably change our world. Please consider joining our challenges in the 23 Days of Compassion leading up to Golden Rule Day!

- Lynn de Vree

Read the story here



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Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning is an innovative K-12 education program developed by Emory University.

SEE Learning™ provides educators with the tools they need to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves.

This introductory program is free and will be followed by a Train-the-trainer program starting in November 2023 and continuing through May 2024.  Participating in this program will lead to a certificate. Session FOUR: Getting Started with SEE Learning is happening on MARCH 15. Learn more and register for any of the 5 sessions here. 

 Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

Charter Education Institute 

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Poetry for Inspiration and Well-Being with John Smelcer, PhD
This 5-week Course begins Monday, April 10, 2023

There’s truth to the saying, “There’s a poet in all of us.” Poetry has always had an important place in society. It still does today. Consider, for instance, Amanda Gorman, the young, African American poet who recited her poem from the United States Capitol during the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden. Shortly after that auspicious day, while the world watched, she read another poem during the Super Bowl, one of the most watched events in television history. Clearly, poetry has a place in our society. But how do you bring out the poet inside you?

Global Read 

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GoldenRuleism: Living a Golden Rule-Guided Life with Shane O'Connor
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 9 am PDT / 6 pm CEST / 9.30 pm IST

“Do for all others, both directly and indirectly, what you would want done for you.”
“Don’t do to any others, either directly or indirectly, what you wouldn’t want done to you.”


GoldenRuleism rises from the expanded application of the moral and ethical precept most widely embraced by the majority of humanity. Many of us know it as The Golden Rule. 

The author of the Golden Ruleism booklet prefers to remain anonymous, but they have made printed copies of the booklet available. For a donation to the Charter of $10 or more, we will send you a copy in the mail. You can also download a free digital copy here!

23 days of Compassion

This year we want the “23 Days of Compassion” to be an experiential inner journey, serving anyone up for the challenge, to become more acquainted with exploring Compassion and what that will bring up for each of us personally. As we experience these 23 days, we will delve deeper into issues that could be addressed and alleviated with Compassion.

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Last Saturday of the month.
Saturday, March 25 at 9 am PST
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Charter for Compassion and Orlaith O'Sullivan from Plum Village have partnered to have a monthly Sangha practice following the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is a space to establish your presence in peace, connect with others, and refresh your own heart. 
The format is: guided practices to nourish your mind and spirit, circle sharing together, and deep relaxation.

All are most welcome and no experience is needed!


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Our Compassionate Cities in the state of Texas are issuing a call for donations to support the Uvalde Love Project. All donations go to the project. They are trying to reach and surpass a goal of $5,000.00.  Please help them reach that goal!  Learn more and donate here

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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 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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Cultivating Compassion - Virtual Session 3
March 23, 4 pm PST / 10 am (March 24) AEDT
Learn more and register here

You're invited to spend 2023 growing compassion for yourself, your friends, and even those you might describe today as enemies. We'll interrogate our emotions, reasoning, decision-making, and more as we work to join the infinite game of building peace. 


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Upcoming Special Guests:

Thursday, March 23 - ZaHaVa Sherez, our Global Gala 2022 Featured Artist, talks about her upcoming tour.

Thursday, March 30 - We are getting ready for Golden Rule Day! We'll chat about our upcoming celebration on April 5

Thursday, April 6 - Kate Trnka and Nancy Zick, Environment sector, talk about Healing Waters events on May 1.




The Charter for Compassion has a bold, audacious vision of co-creating a world that works for everyone. Please support the Charter with a monthly contribution that helps to build this global compassionate community - person by person, school by school, and city by city. Thank you!

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