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The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness

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How can compassion, a trait hardwired into our nervous system and waiting to be awakened, transform our lives and the world at large? Marc Barasch provides up-to-the-minute research to timeless spiritual truths, and weaves a stirring, unforgettable story of the search for kindness in a world that clearly needs it. With unfailing curiosity, Barasch poses vital questions: Wh ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Artemis
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book so touched me, it made me want to run out and hug the world.

It also made me very sad to see, how lately I've neglected to feed my altruistic heart, that in my earlier days brought me such joy and made me feel truly glad to be alive. I loved mostly the story of Melodye Feldman, and her Building Bridges for Peace program for Israeli and Palestinian teenagers.

I love also how it made me wrestle with myself, and my lack of kindness sometimes.

And I love the way his words penetrated every
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Lenore Webb
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
The book is a story of one man’s quest to examine and foster the goodness in the human race. He wants to know what the homeless, war refugees, the saintly, murderers, social scientists, religious leaders, and philosophers can teach mankind about empathy and forgiveness.
Barasch gives up a trip to Cannes and goes on a retreat on the streets on the wintery streets of Denver. Taking only a tooth brush and a sleeping bag, he was forced to beg for food, find shelter, understand, and depend on th
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Joy Weese Moll
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Compassionate Life is a series of explorations on different aspects of compassion, written as part memoir and part journalism, with an emphasis on profiling compassionate people around the world. Marc Barasch spends time with the homeless, learns meditations from Buddhist monks, and observes a camp that brings together Israeli and Palestinian girls.

More thoughts on my blog, including how powerful I found the tonglen meditation: The Compassionate Life
Jennifer Gilbert
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As with any book that attempts to survey a broad topic, skipping from angle to angle, I found some parts of this less engaging than others. But overall, it was interesting and inspiring. I'm giving it five stars not because it's flawlessly executed, but because the concepts it presents are so important to both one's personal happiness and to the well-being of our society in general. In other words, it compensates for any flaws it may have with sheer relevance. I definitely recommend it to anyone ...more
Jessie
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book has some good and interesting ideas, but it reads like some 40 year old guy trying to seem hip while giving a motivational speech to high schoolers.
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