Global Read

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    You’re here because, like most of us, you like to read a good book. The Global Read aims to make it easy to do just that. We’ve selected books and secured their authors so you have the opportunity to hear directly from the author in a live webinar format. Better yet, you’re also given the chance to interact with the author and ask questions and/or comment on their book. The Global Read Program began shortly after the successful launch of our Compassion Book Club when we featured the Charter for Compassion’s founder, Karen Armstrong’s book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Many of our members formed book clubs and discussion groups surrounding this important work. Now, we would like to invite you to join us to do the same with the books we've selected for our All-Charter-Book-Read, we now call The Global Read.  We’ve selected books by authors that bring awareness to the theme of compassion and relate to one or more of the Charter’s 12 sectors. Please tell your friends about us - and form your own small group for dialogue. Then be sure to join us for our live event. More on how this will work…

    To participate in the live webinar or to get the link for the recording, please register. Only $7. Our list of upcoming global reads follow:

    Our line up for 2020...

    Heather Malin – Teaching for Purpose - Read more

    Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer – The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook - Read more

    Jean Shinoda Bolen – Like a Tree - Read more

    Sharon Salzberg – Real Change - Read more

    Michael Nagler – The Third Harmony - Read more

    Joanna Macy – A Wild Love for the World - Read more

    Heather Malin – Teaching for Purpose; April 7 at 7 am Pacific

    teachingforpurposeIn Teaching for Purpose, Heather Malin explores the idea of purpose as the purpose of education and shows how educators can prepare youth to live intentional, fulfilling lives. The book highlights the important role that purpose—defined as “a future-directed goal that is personally meaningful and aimed at contributing to something larger than the self”—plays in optimal youth development and in motivating students to promote the cognitive and noncognitive skills that teachers want to instill.

    Based on a decade of research conducted at the Stanford University Center on Adolescence, the book explores how educators and schools can promote purpose through attention to school culture, curriculum, project learning, service learning, and other opportunities. Malin argues for expansive thinking on the direction schools should take, especially in terms of educating students to be creative, innovative, and self-directed critical thinkers. The book includes profiles of six organizations working in schools across the US that have made purpose development a priority.
    Infused with the engaging voices of purposeful youth, Teaching for Purpose offers a fresh, inspirational guide for educators who are looking for new ways to support students to succeed not only in school, but in life.

    “Teaching for Purpose offers educators practical ways to carry out what is possibly the most important part of their work: seeing the humanity in their students by acknowledging and encouraging their hopes and dreams, and then helping them to develop the skills and confidence for putting those hopes and dreams into action.” — Vicki Zakrzewski, education director, Greater Good Science Center, University of California at Berkeley

    Heather Malin is the director of research at the Stanford University Center on Adolescence, where she conducts research on diverse aspects of purpose development

    VickiPhoto Small 1Host: Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D

    Vicki Zakrzewski (zahk-shef-skee)is the founding education director of the Greater Good Science Center. As an international thought leader on the science of well-being in education, Vicki is a contributor to Greater Good, ASCD’s Educational LeadershipEdutopia, and Huffington Post. She gives talks and workshops all over the world, and leads the GGSC’s Summer Institute for Educators—an annual multi-day event in which education professionals learn how to enhance their skills and those of their students in the areas of compassion, empathy, gratitude, mindfulness, and other social-emotional skills.

    Vicki also sits on several advisory boards and consults and collaborates with organizations on how to incorporate the science of well-being into education. She’s collaborated on initiatives with the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Stanford University; UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development; Science for Monks and Nuns in India; the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, UAE. Vicki is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and has also collaborated with the Jim Henson Company and Pixar/Disney and much more.

    A former teacher and school leader, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. In her doctoral research, Vicki spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama, researching their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students.
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    Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer – The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook; May 5 at 7 am Pacific

    ChrisKristinPamadjust300x276Are you kinder to others than you are to yourself? More than a thousand research studies show the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself, especially in times of need. This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being. In a convenient large-size format, the book is based on the authors' groundbreaking eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide. It is packed with guided meditations (with audio downloads); informal practices to do anytime, anywhere; exercises; and vivid stories of people using the techniques to address relationship stress, weight and body image issues, health concerns, anxiety, and other common problems. The seeds of self-compassion already lie within you—learn how you can uncover this powerful inner resource and transform your life.

    Kristin Neff, PhD, is Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin and a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research. Her books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program (for professionals). She is also author of an audio program, Self-Compassion: Step by Step, and has published numerous academic articles. She lectures and offers workshops worldwide. Together with Christopher Germer, Dr. Neff hosts an 8-hour online course, "The Power of Self-Compassion."

    Christopher Germer, PhD, has a private practice in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy in Arlington, Massachusetts, and is a part-time Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. His books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (for professionals). Dr. Germer lectures and leads workshops internationally.

    Host: michaelkarlinMichael Karlin, Ph.D.

    Michael Karlin is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Life University in the Positive Human Development and Social Change Department and the Associate Director of the Life University Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics. Karlin is the co-author of Compassionate Integrity Training, a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. Karlin received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies from Emory University in 2014. His dissertation, “‘To Create a Dwelling Place for God’: Life Coaching and the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Movement in Contemporary America,” is an ethnographic study of two Jewish life coaching programs that blend psychology, religion and contemplative practice in order to provide resources with which individuals can construct moral selves and heal psychological wounds.Small registration button 1


    Jean Shinoda Bolen: Like a Tree; June 17 at 7 am Pacific


    A Powerful and Poetic Call to Ecological & Feminist Activism

    This masterful work by internationally known author and speaker Jean Shinoda Bolen provides an insightful look into the fusion of ecological issues and global gender politics.

    Of trees and women. This book on the importance of trees grew out of Bolen’s experience mourning the loss of a Monterey pine that was cut down in her neighborhood. That, combined with her practice of walking among tall trees, led to her deep connection with trees and an understanding of their many complexities. From their anatomy and physiology, to trees as archetypal and sacred symbols, Bolen expertly explores the dynamics of ecological activism spiritual activism and sacred feminism. And, she invites us to join the movement to save trees.

    Stories of those making a difference. While there is still much work to be done to address environmental problems, there are many stories of individuals and organizations rising up to make a change and help save our planet. The words and stories that Bolen weaves throughout this book are both inspirational and down-to-earth, calling us to realize what is happening to not only our trees, but our people. By writing about both the work of organizations like Greenpeace and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Bolen highlights her passions and shares her unique vision for the world.

    In Like a Tree learn more about:

    • The dynamic nature of trees ― from their anatomy to their role as an archetypal symbol
    • Pressing social issues such as deforestation, global warming, and overpopulation
    • What it means to be a “tree person”
    Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, an internationally known speaker and author of thirteen influential books in over one hundred foreign editions: The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, The Millionth Circle, Like A Tree, Urgent Message From Mother, Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, and Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a past Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, and a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Association fSmall registration button 1or Transpersonal Psychology, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.  She is a leading advocate for the 5th World Conference on Women-India 2022. Website:


    A Wild Love for the World

    By Joanna Macy; July 15, 2020 at 8 am Pacific

    A wild love for the worldJoanna Macy PhD, teacher and author, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, her scholarship is informed by six decades of committed activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, Macy has created a ground-breaking framework for personal and social change that brings a new way of seeing the world as our larger body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her thirteen books, including World as Lover, World as Self; Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory; Widening Circles, A Memoir; Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy (with Chris Johnstone); Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects (with Molly Young Brown); and four books of translations of poetry and prose by Rainer Maria Rilke (with Anita Barrows).

    thumbnail Joanna Macy DSC00020 2Macy received a BA from Wellesley College in 1950 and a PhD in Religion from Syracuse University in 1978. She continues to write and teach in Berkeley, California, with two new books in press, including A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Times (ed. Stephanie Kaza). Macy most recently served as an adjunct professor at Starr King School of Ministry, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has received honorary degrees from New College of California, Starr King School of Ministry, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Alice Lloyd Small registration button 1College. In 2013, she was honored with the first Bioneers Lifetime Contribution Award. To learn more, visit 

    by Michael N. Nagler; August 18 at 9 am Pacific

    That the world needs to take a vastly different direction, and quickly, is no longer controversial for any thoughtful person. A whole new way of seeing the world and our role in its destiny is called for. It’s what some call the “new story,” a connected and collaborative vision of the future.

    In his latest title “The Third Harmony”, the Metta Center’s Michael Nagler links the uplifting vision of the new story with nonviolence. The book will be published on March 31, 2020 by Berrett-Koehler.

    Available for pre-order at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Berrett-Koehler, Bookshop, IndieBound.

    For more information on Michael and the Metta Center and to download Chapter 1, please visit:

    michaelnaglerMichael Nagler, PhD, is professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and taught upper-division courses on nonviolence, meditation and a seminar on the meaning of life.  He is President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future, The Nonviolence Handbook, and The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature (March, 2020).  In 2007 Michael received the Jamnalal Bajaj international award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India.  He has spoken for the UN, the US Institute of Small registration button 1Peace, and many academic and public venues for over thirty years.  He has lived at the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation’s ashram in Northern California since 1970.


    Sharon Salzberg: Real Change; Coming this Fall!

    realchangecoverFrom one of most prominent figures in the field of meditation comes a guidebook for how to use mindfulness to build our inner strength, find balance, and help create a better world

    In today's fractured world we're constantly flooded with breaking news that cause anger, grief, and pain. People are feeling more stressed out than ever and in the face of this fear and anxiety they can feel so burnt out and overwhelmed that they end up frozen in their tracks and can't do anything. In Real Change Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation, shares sage advice and indispensible techniques to help free ourselves from these negative feelings and actions. She teaches us that meditation is not a replacement for action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves and summon the courage to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that's bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active.

    Consulting with veteran activists and social change agents in a variety of fields, Salzberg collects and shares their wisdom and offers the best practical advice to foster transformation in both ourselves and in society. To help tame our inner landscape or chaos, Salzberg offers mindfulness practices that will help readers cultivate a sense of agency and stay engaged in the long-term struggle for social change.

    Whether you're resolving conflicts with a crochety neighbor or combating global warming, Real Change will help guide you with the fundamental principles and mindfulness practices that will lead to the clarity and confidence that lets us lift a foot and take our next step into a better world.

    realchangeSharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers.

    Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and has authored 11 books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, coming in June of 2020 from Flatiron Books. Sharon's secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences and retreat centers around the world. Sharon is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, with 100+ episodes featuring interviews with the top leaders and voices in the meditation and mindfulness movement, and her writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post. Learn more at
    Host: Ellen (Hoffenberg) Serfaty, CEI Education Advisor

    Ellen SEllen (Hoffenberg) Serfaty is a retired American-Israeli, currently living in northern Israel, who spent 45 years as a public service lawyer, developing and leading public human service organizations, and teaching young people of all ages and teachers who work with special needs students.  Born in NYC, raised in rural upstate NY, she began her career as a Florida public criminal defense lawyer, and thereafter led programs for abused and neglected children in the court systems, and directed then Governor Bob Graham’s statewide Constituency for Children, a grass-roots lobbying and advocating effort in communities throughout Florida. 

    Ellen made aliya (immigrated) to Israel, married her husband Dany and raised her daughter Mya, while exploring new careers as Development Officer for a non-profit international children’s rights organization, and becoming a teacher, teacher-trainer and curriculum developer for students with special needs.  She currently volunteers as a consultant with the Charter for Compassion's Education Institute, as well as local eco-activist activities.

    Ellen has been meditating for over two decades, and participates in international online sanghas (meditation practitioner gatherings) and courses, as well as local groups in Israel, and leads several virtual and local sangha meetups.  She counts Sharon Salzberg as one of her early and most influential meditation teachers, and is grateful for this opportunity of introducing yet another book on Sharon's teachings.

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