Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CAN COMPASSION BE TAUGHT?


The positive characteristics of compassion, empathy and sympathy form the glue that holds society together and promotes well being on an individual level.  The Buddhists, like many other thinkers, believe that compassion can be learnt. Do your research and find out how. When you are ready, write an essay in which you discuss the methods you have learnt about.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         Can compassion be trained or taught? His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Templeton Prize 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGzUvtqb27Y
Reading material to make notes on
·         Can you teach compassion? http://dalailamacenter.org/blog-post/can-you-teach-compassion
·         8 Ways to teach compassion to kids http://www.huffingtonpost.com/signe-whitson/8-ways-to-teach-compassio_b_5568451.html
Videos to take notes from
·         The Dalai Lama - Compassion is not a Sign of Weakness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gqCw0FIylE
Open lecture: Stanford University

·         The centrality of compassion in human life and society https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSL_xvokoF8

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