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Compassion: 12 Langkah Menuju Hidup Berbelas Kasih

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Pembaca buku-buku Karen Armstrong telah mengenal sosoknya sebagai profesor yang piawai menguraikan pelik sejarah agama-agama dalam bahasa yang mudah dicerna. Mantan biarawati ini telah menulis 22 buku, dari biografi Muhammad, Yesus, Buddha, Sejarah Tuhan yang komprehensif hingga Masa Depan Tuhan yang menyanggah pemikiran ateis.

Namun melalui buku ini dia keluar dari posisin...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 2012 by PT. Mizan Pustaka (first published December 28th 2010)
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Aug 18, 2014 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my kid
Recommended to Lisa by: NPR
The only thing cynical about this book is its title.
In her closing pages, Armstrong writes, "The attempt to become a compassionate being is a lifelong project. It is not achieved in an hour or a day-or even in twelve steps. It is a struggle that will last until our dying hour. Nearly every day we will fail, but we cannot give up."
Why do I point out the obvious marketing ploy of the title? Because my name is Lisa, and I am a recovering snark-a-holic. I grew up in a household where debate was a b...more
David Glasgow
Karen Armstrong loves religious history, which is an invaluable trait for the author of a history textbook. Unfortunately what she's tried to write here is a self-help/devotional book, and the skill sets don't quite match up.

Good, true, and valuable pointers for compassionate living abound in this book. But to get to these gems I found myself slogging through example after example from diverse religious traditions and time periods that, while neither technically irrelevant nor wholly uninteresti...more
Karen Armstrong's latest work, "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life," is a fascinating look at concepts of compassion across all of the world's major faiths -- and includes the concept that one need not be religious in order to have a compassionate viewpoint (something that many religious writers nowadays seem to ignore).

Armstrong starts with an overview of compassion as discussed in various religious writings from around the world and then shows twelve ways to incorporate the practice of compa...more
I liked this book a lot. In it religious historian Karen Armstrong suggests a series of simple and easily achieved mental exercises that can help one increase one's capacity for compassion. Armstrong offers justification for these exercises by way of copious examples from the history of religion. Some of the examples I was familiar with from her longer and more detailed The Great Transformation, about religious development during what is known as the Axial Age (900-200 BC), though the impetus he...more
Karen Armstrong brings to bear her sensibilities as a religious historian in this book. Don't mistake it for a new-agey self-help treatment of the subject of compassion; she dissects the subject like a scientist more than a sage. No holding hands around the campfire and singing Kumbayah. She turns to neuroscience to explain how we are hardwired for compassion--just as we are hardwired with the capacity for aggression--and identifies the biological imperatives for both self-preservation and empat...more
Feb 05, 2011 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is an important book. But it is a book which cannot simply be read to do any good. Caveat: I simply read it.

Before I go on, let me recommend that you get the book from a library and read it. If you decide that you want to actually work at being more compassionate, if you want to work at the twelve steps in your own life, then go ahead and purchase yourself a copy.

The book itself is a quick read; but it is meant to be read slowly. Each chapter (step) is supposed to be mastered before moving...more
Sue Smith
Well, after taking my time to come back to set down afew thoughts about this book I'm finding it hard to put into words - thought provoking, meaningful, incisive, carefully and deliberately structured words. It's not that the book doesn't invoke them, it's just that I can probably sum it up in a couple of sentences and that just seems - well - unjust.

However, that being the case, it pretty much sums up the book. It's an awful lot of words that really didn't need to be in a book format when much...more
Every major religious tradition in the world contains some version of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you, or, more simply, treat other people as you want to be treated. We're all familiar with the saying, but how often do we see the Golden Rule in action?

When Karen Armstrong, whose expertise is in comparative religion, received a TED grant to develop an "idea worth spreading", her thoughts turned to this simple idea.

The title is a bit disarming. Those expecting a sac...more
Karen Armstrong is an intellectual theologian, with past experience as a Catholic nun. The Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life book heavily references Eastern philosophical and religious tradition, no doubt as one Eastern religious tradition's fundamentalist renegade group is in current conflict with some Western industrial superpower nations. Armstrong enumerates and describes each of the twelve steps toward a compassionate life imagining her audience is of primarily Western civilization and f...more
Judy Croome
Mar 28, 2013 Judy Croome rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A well-structured and systematic programme encouraging people of all faiths to practice conscious compassion in the same way we would learn any new skill. Armstrong’s belief that humanity has an innate capacity for goodness, which can override the baser instincts of the “crocodile brain” is reassuring. Her twelve steps provide a simple enough guide and, based on Socratic dialogue, ask questions that challenge the reader’s known perceptions.

Containing what seems like common sense to people who h...more
Erika RS
This is yet another book that is good but disappointing because it did not live up to my expectations.

I am a big fan of Karen Armstrong. Although she is selective in what she chooses to focus on in her writing, she is still, in my opinion, one of the best religious historians when it comes to writing books that are readable, compassionate, intellectually challenging, and jam packed with information.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life is, quite intentionally, a very different type of book. It is...more
As thorough and well presented as the rest of Karen Armstrong's work, this is in many ways the practical application of her conclusions following the years of in- depth investigation into the major faiths of the world. The central message is simple - the Golden Rule (love your neighbour as yourself) is the key to the good life but we need to take steps to apply it thoroughly in our lives. It was occasionally presented as rocket science when thinking people of faith are quite capable of reaching...more
I could point out the things I disagreed with in this book, but in the spirit of compassion as advocated by this book, I'd rather point out the things I liked. I liked the generosity of spirit in which Karen Armstrong writes. I liked learning about religious traditions other than my own. I liked Karen Armstrong overall argument that true religion is actually about increasing our ability to love and control the destructive parts of our makeup. So many unthinking people have a knee jerk reaction o...more
Laura Lee
What a wonderful message! I learned a great deal about the true concept of compassion; Karen Armstrong spends time describing the central tenet of the Golden Rule and how it actually appears in all major religious traditions, rather than just telling us to to be nice to people. It seemed like a special emphasis was placed on Buddhism and Christianity, but that was fine by me; the Buddha and Jesus Christ were the two religious figures who spoke most explicitly about the Golden Rule as we know it....more
Karen Armstrong advocates for expanding our sense of compassion for others in a short, succinct, heavily researched and documented 12-step program. Karen left religious orders and has focused on religion from a nondenominational viewpoint, culminating in the Charter for Compassion (
p.23: "But it is important to say that the twelve-step program does not depend on supernatural or credal convictions."
p.105: "As we practice the Immeasurables, we are bound to become awar...more
I tried to listen to this cd, but did not succeed, during a long road trip. I couldn't make it through the first cd. From almost the beginning the author was pompous in tone and presentation, such as how DARE anyone take into account both the good and the bad of individuals like Mother Theresa or Martin Luther King Jr? Then when she talked about the artist's intent for those who painted in the caves in Lascoux as though it were fact, I couldn't continue. Unless you have a time machine there is n...more
Scott Lupo
Well, I picked this book after hearing the author on a TED video speaking about the Golden Rule. Specifically, how to change the Golden Rule from the usual "Do unto others" to "Do not do to others what you wouldn't want done to you." There are many religious examples and overtones (all types of religions by the way) and her message is extremely thoughtful, inspiring, and relevant in today's global climate. I am not a religious person at all but I found her thoughts on compassion (or lack thereof...more
Erika Sajdak
My struggle with Christianity, and with structured religion of any kind, has been ongoing for my entire adult life. I discovered Karen Armstrong on my first day of college while exploring the campus bookstore for the first time, and I have been a fan ever since.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (and the Contract she mentions), is a reminder that the reasons for religion were to teach humanity how to treat one another.

There is more to life than struggling through each day alone, and one way t...more
This book is brutal. I gave up in the middle.

It is titled "Twelve Steps to..." so I naturally thought it would be a book that helps individuals develop compassion in their everyday lives. Wrong. I was on disc 3 when I quit and had only been through one step, and I can't even tell you what that step was. I think it was "Practice compassion." Oh, ok. Thanks!

This woman is difficult to listen to and wants to talk about the history of every religion in the densest terms possible. No, thank you.
I almost feel bad only giving this 3 stars--the project is so worthy and I really do respect Karen Armstrong. But I found a lot of this to be either platitudes or rather impractical. It's nice to *say* things like "rise above tribalism" and "understand your enemies" but a lot harder to do, and other than a lovingkindness meditation most of what Armstrong did was point out that all the major religions value compassion.

My other problem with this book is that I think the "Golden Rule" is actually...more
Armstrong's book is very inspirational because of its inclusiveness. As a student of interdisciplinary studies I am amazed (and jealous) of the ease with which see encompasses every religion with for instance evolution theory. I was not disappointed. Integrating all the religions into one comprehensive understanding of compassion is admirable on its own, but also including post colonial studies, cultural anthropology etc, it blew my mind. I think Karen Armstrong is a wonderful writer. As a relig...more
Kelly Tillman
I didn't read this right away when I got it. At first, I thought I made one of those 'buy it because of the title, cover, author' purchase: you buy it for one thing and regret it once you have it. However, timing is everything and this book has helped me see that compassion is not about pity but about empathy. It's surprising to see how much I've been the other Golden Rule (he who has the gold rules) instead of the traditional, and that other faiths have this same rule. And that compassion doesn...more
This is the book I have been waiting to find. Without overlooking the differences between religions (and nations), Armstrong strongly emphasizes their common call for compassion, and shows that what so often divides us ought to unite us instead. The words read like prose of the highest order, and are a balm to the soul. This is a treatise for everyone, for although the author is with faith (a retired nun), the qualifications of completion do not include subscribing to an organized belief. Anyone...more
Would you like to expand you vision of what compassion can be? Are you willing to open yourself to learning more about world religions? This is an amazing books which truly explores how to become more compassionate in a world that can encourage exactly the opposite. She is honest about how religions themselves sometimes add to the problem
of lack of compassionate. I highly recommend this book.
I listened to this book on tape and felt that reading it would have been better. There was a lot of material, mainly religious history, to digest. It was very inspirational but very lofty in its premises. Some of the steps were practical and I felt I could really act on them, but others were a little far reaching unless one was willing to abandon day to day duties and activities.
Sarah Rosenberger
I thought the steps were right on the money, but this is the second book I've attempted by her and I've come to realize I just don't like Armstrong's writing. In my opinion, she has a singular talent for taking fascinating topics and making them incredibly dull. Hmm, it's probably not very compassionate of me to say that...
Why do I like some Karen Armstrong books a lot before I read them, but less after? This is one of those.... sorry, it's full of good stuff, but the style of delivery here is a wee bit preachy somehow, and a little too erudite for me-- hard to follow some of the Greek mythological and poetic allusions.
A good argument for compassion as a theme in myth and religion. Assumes one is in a 12 steps to compassion group, without giving solid information about what such a group might do to grow the compassion of its members. Heard her as the Ware Lecturer in 2011, the same material made a good lecture.
i have to admit i didn't like this book right from the start when the author's first sentence is a comment (brag?) about winning a TED prize. in case we, the readers, can't see the value of this prize, she then goes on to describe other people that have won the same prize. with the 'wish' that TED will grant, she starts a foundation for compassion - and this is where i really start to dislike the book: she then implies the first step in leading a compassionate life is to log on to her foundation...more
I resisted this book for a long time, mostly because the title seemed so artificial, so un-Armstrong, so super-imposed to appeal to a self-help crowd. I don't regret finally reading the book. The book is an offshoot of Armstrong's TED talk about compassion and her charter for compassion ( The heart of the book, the talk, and the charter is Armstrong's insistence that all major religions begin and end with the golden rule. Fanatics often cherry-pick parts of thei...more
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