The Charter for Compassion Education Institute-Current Course Offerings
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COURSE # 006: Past Reality Integration (PRI): The Art of Living and Teaching from our Hearts in Love and Compassion (Facilitators: Gitta van Haagen and Renata Trass, course taught in English, beginning September 1, 2016)
The Charter for Compassion Education Institute believes that everyone wants to live in a compassionate world. A world where compassionate action is first to arrive when anyone is suffering or in pain—in hamlets, villages, towns, suburbs, cities, and countries throughout the world. Or, where people of varied beliefs, lifestyles, languages, and cultures will truly listen, empathize, and reach out their hands to help one another in the spirit of compassion.
We also believe in a world where all people work to resolve our differences without violence, where we protect the innocent and learn how to forgive the guilty, and where compassion is our energy source for creating a peaceful world in which all people have compassion for the Earth and all life that exists on our beautiful planet.
We know that many people across the world share our vision for a better world. So we have created a Compassion Education Institute to educate and prepare you to understand the power of compassion to transform the inequities and the injustices of human civilization for your work to spread compassion and compassionate action throughout the world.
Along with many of our compassion global colleagues and partners we have come together to provide tools and strategies for organizing compassionate communities in which all people are treated with respect and compassion. Our goal is to increase self-compassion, compassion for others, and compassionate action in any sphere of human activity (education, business, environment, faith/interfaith/spirituality, social services, restorative justice, the arts, healthcare, peace/non-violence, science and research).
We’ve designed a program of courses to help you:
- define and determine how the concept of compassion can make a difference in your personal life, in your workplace, in your community, and beyond
- gain and practice skills and competencies of self-awareness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence that are the basis for the initial and continued development of compassion for others
- acquire skills and competencies that demonstrate compassion as an action that can be constantly present in our lives to bring about positive change for the betterment of the world
- explore the attributes (i.e., altruism, caring, empathy, encouragement, happiness, gratitude, kindness, listening abilities, mindfulness, resiliency, and responsibility) of compassion as skills that are essential in the continued practice of compassionate action
- learn techniques and processes to facilitate further discussions and dialogue with others about compassion and compassionate action
- explore and develop a structural foundation that can lead to next steps in a compassionate journey—designing a compassionate community or city initiative, linking a local community with an international community in order to promote dialogue and compassionate action in schools, businesses, and congregations
Interested in Teaching and Facilitating a Charter Education Institute course? Learn more about the possibility. Click here for information on our guidelines, frequently asked questions and about our institute platform, Ruzuku, along with an application form for submitting a course proposal.
How does compassion begin?
What stirs the hearts of millions of people around the world to take care of each other and of the Earth itself? What if all these people, who are earnestly working and yearning for peace in hamlets and villages, towns and cities, republics and kingdoms and countries throughout the globe were able to connect with each other to join hearts and minds for a more compassionate and peaceful world?
At the Charter for Compassion International, it is our dream to connect people from every nation—to share our stories, our perspectives, and our common yearning to create a world of compassion for every being.
One of the ways we are working to make these connections is through our newly established Compassion Education Institute. We successfully launched our first online course in September (with students from six different countries), and we have several exciting courses lined up for Spring, 2016.
Our first few courses deal with how to develop compassion for others, how to learn self-compassion, and how to become a part of the growing compassion movement and the Charter for Compassion International. Eventually, CEI will offer courses that address the work of compassion in many contexts—in communities, healthcare, business, education, religion and interfaith, social services, the arts, restorative justice, environment, and science. We have facilitators lined up from several countries, who are in the process of developing online courses for our growing community.
A Note about the Charter's Education Institute Symbol
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ~Albert Einstein
At first it was ancient wisdom which stated that we are one with the universe, that everything is interconnected, that all is one. Then later modern science caught up with this idea. Now quantum physicists say exactly the same thing – in a subatomic level everything is interconnected.
In the 1970s chemist James Lovelock formulated the famous Gaia hypothesis which proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. Everyone is talking about the same idea, only from different perspectives. Another perspective has now been added– a visual perspective.
Charter Education Institute Symbol
The symbol selected for our Charter for Compassion Education Institute is a metaphor of "us and our earth." It is a big organism and we, people, are parts of this organism; we are not separate. And the earth is also just a part of an even bigger organism. Our earth is like a tree with roots that extend to the vast cosmos. Everything is interconnected.
We believe that this understanding of being one with the universe can raise people’s awareness about "self and others," and about our environment, and our function. This can lead to some positive changes that our we desperately need.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
~ Alan Wilson Watts
Spread the Message
The symbol is “open source” and can be used by anyone in order to spread the message. Learn more.