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Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service

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Featuring an eye-catching new cover, this classic guide is for those ready to commit time and energy to relieving suffering in the world. No two people are better qualified to help us along this path than Ram Dass, who has spent more than 25 years teaching and writing on the subject of living consciously, and Mirabi Bush, who succeeded him as chairperson of the Seva Founda...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by Three Rivers Press (first published March 1st 1992)
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Joseph Dunn
Interesting but not groundbreaking. I enjoyed reading about Ram Dass's personal account of living a path of service. Learning about the challenges of working with the SEVA Foundation was particularly interesting. I also enjoyed thinking about the interrelationship of social action and spiritual practice. It's a difficult balance because at times, it may feel like you are forced to choose between the two. Spiritual awareness develops through the intuitive unconditional embracing of all...more
Follow up to How Can I Help? Much along the same lines. Compassion and it's roots in our own lives followed with how to alleviate the suffering of others.

Getting high verse getting free.
Marissa Barbieri
I wish I could rate the sections of this book individually, as the authors respective contributions are, as near as I can tell, completely separate. I became bogged down in Bush's section (thankfully - or maybe fortunately - the second) just as quickly as I devoured Dass' and was disappointed by how much I was... well, disappointed.

That said, Ram Dass remains one of my favorite humans, and if I had my copy of the book with me, I could point (thanks to Book Darts!) to any number of striking and i...more
I read the whole first part of this book, by Ram Dass, which gives some background into his own background and path of service. I love reading about how others journey to consciousness, and Ram Dass is very clear and accessible. Very inspiring for those seeking direction and focus as they wake up and want to serve.
Enlightening read with Hindu interest - Has been a good companion and aid to a recent nursing essay.
Adding that touch of spirituality without mentioning the 'life is suffering' aspect.

The Nursing and Medical Research Agent.
Excellent book, was really impressed by this man, being newer to his ideas. I look forward to finding more books of his to read. It makes me want to really actually move forward in reshifting my life for the better.
another thought provoking book from Ram Dass
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Ram Dass (Richard Alpert), one of America's most beloved spiritual figures, has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own. He mak...more
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