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Karen Armstrong's 12 Steps of Compassion to Change the World

Karen Armstrong’s 12 Steps of Compassion to Change the World

By Bryan Maygers, Huffington Post….
Karen Armstrong began her recent talk at the New York Public Library by illustrating the centrality of the Golden Rule in the Abrahamic faiths with a traditional story of Rabbi Hillel. When asked by a Gentile to explain the entirety of the Torah while standing on one foot, the rabbi readily assented and gave the response, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. The rest is just commentary. Now go and learn.”

Holy Men: Encounters with Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama

Holy Men: Encounters with Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama

By Suzanne Degnats
On September 22, 2010, I attended a blessing service given by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome. One month later, I attended two sessions with the Dalai Lama in Atlanta, Georgia during his visit to Emory University. Being an outsider both to the Catholic religion and to Buddhism, I found many similarities at the events surrounding these two political and religious leaders.

The Role of Happiness in the World Religions

The Role of Happiness in the World Religions

By April L. Bogle, Huffington Post
It’s hard to deny that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet and the world’s most famous Buddhist, is the also world’s foremost expert on happiness. He clearly states in writings that seeking happiness is the very purpose of life, and he’s dedicated his life to learning how to be happy and sharing this knowledge with others. But what about other major religious traditions? Is happiness a good thing, or bad? To be sought in this life, or the next?