Measuring the Immeasurable? Compassion Under a Microscope

January 5, 2015 9:01 PM

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For 10 years, I've been teaching a college course called Compassion. We study the lives of the great exemplars of compassion: Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Viktor Frankl, and Mother Teresa. The learning is experiential. Students put the compassion teachings into practice.

When they study Gandhi, one homework assignment is to live nonviolently for 24 hours. Students work to bring no harm to themselves or others -- in speech, mind, or action. From Mother Teresa, they practice her principle to "do small things with great love" at their community service site. Mopping th...

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