Book Club: "Twelve Steps to a Compassion Life" by Karen Armstrong

Join the Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA for their Book Club: "Twelve Steps to a Compassion Life" by Karen Armstrong, now an official Pathways to PoWR Pre-Parliament Event.

In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.

Participants of the book club are expected to read 100% of the book.

When: September 27, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Toronto Public Library – Pleasant View Library
575 Van Horne Ave, North York, ON M2J 4S8

Registration Fee: $5 

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*You can find more information about the book and the author below.

**Please note there are only 25 parking spots available at the library but there is a strip mall at the Victoria Park and Van Horne Ave, 7 minutes walking distance.

ABOUT TWELVE STEPS TO A COMPASSIONATE LIFE

In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.

The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religion, including The Case for God, A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War,Islam, Buddha, and Fields of Blood, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into 45 languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working with TED on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It was launched globally in the fall of 2009. Also in 2008, she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal. In 2013, she received the British Academy’s inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding.