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25 ways to Teach Kids Compassion

Kim Manley Ort has a lot to say about teaching kids compassion: http://www.squidoo.com/teach-kids-compassion _______________________________ Compassion... is not the same as sympathy, empathy, or altruism although each plays a part. The compassionate person feels the suffering of another and makes positive steps to alleviate that suffering.   The Dalai Lama is the teacher, par excellence, on this important idea: The Dalai Lama on Compassion An Open Heart: … Read More

Teaching Compassion

 I think we would all agree that we live in a world that desperately needs more compassion.  The question is how do we foster that? Buddhism can tell us. It teaches many practices that are meant to cultivate compassion, and one of these is mindfulness.  Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who has made mindfulness understandable to Americans.  Even when we hear the phone ring, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us to breathe deeply before we pick up the phone.  The ring is like a bell that can … Read More

Entitlement: The Moral Obligation to Say No

 Jonathan Kozol in his book, Amazing Grace, wrote brilliantly about the abysmal condition of schools in the poorest sections of New York City.   He opened our eyes to the hunger of the students in those schools to be educated, and the need for parity among schools.  When I used a chapter of Kozol's book in an ethics class with postgrads about four years ago, my students simply couldn't believe what Kozol described.  It was easier to engage in denial than to admit the shameful truth of Kozol's … Read More

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