Using This Site
Primarily meant for self-directed learners and seeker-learners who want to deeply explore compassion in all its dimensions (with or without an interest in acquiring another certificate for their career development). Being familiar with ways to reflect or contemplate would be helpful in approaching and using this site.
The learning journey starts with a lot of questions (see below) and it ends with some answers, some approaches to solutions and more questions, the main one being: How do we together build a compassionate future where 'no one is left behind'? Can we? How?
It is also certainly useful for anyone who is casually interested in knowing more about compassion. Or, anyone interested in doing short or long term courses.
The site can be used in a linear fashion by following the main links and the drop-down menus. Or, it can be used in a non-linear fashion (jumping to pages that are relevant in exploring the site). Or, both the ways can be combined as it suits the learner at her/his stage of learning.
There are many self-exploratory interactive tools available on the site as flipbooks (which you can also mostly download as pdf documents). There are also many multi-trans-media references to resources on compassion as well as ideas for research and action to contribute to a compassionate world.
The site is work in progress and will be updated regularly to make it more resourceful and as an independent guide for those interested in a meaningful encounter with compassion. Do get in touch if you have something to share.
Recognise Some Questions You May Have?
What is compassion? What is it useful for? Is compassion basically neurobiological or social? Do we need to understand what compassion is to practice it? Are there many ways compassion can be understood? Have I felt compassionate anytime? When did I feel compassionate the late time? Is it necessary? Is it unconscious? Can we do a course on compassion? Is there a future with such a course? What is the point of doing a course on compassion? Are there many types of compassion? Is compassion an evolutionary necessity? Can compassion be misused? Is compassion public and political? Why is it important today? What is the difference between empathy and compassion? What is the difference between sympathy and compassion? Are there indigenous words for compassion? Is, for instance, karuna the same as compassion? Can we ever create a fully inclusive and compassionate future? Do we need to rethink about ourselves, about society and our livelihoods to build a more peaceful, compassionate society? Is our education based on building a compassionate society? Are there theories of compassion? Is compassion the care for only humans? Is there economics of compassion? Is being compassionate risky and life-threatening? Is it a sign of weakness? Is a fully compassionate life possible? What is the use of compassion studies? Can compassion be commercialised? Can compassion be taught? Can people study and practice compassion to apply it in our private and public life? Do we have to be religious to be compassionate? How do we create a culture of compassion? Have we ever reflected on our actions in society in terms of its compassionate nature at any time? Is compassion individual or system driven? (You may have more questions.)