The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness

Front Cover, Limited, Jun 21, 2010 - Compassion - 504 pages
3 Reviews
With a keen balance of hope and skepticism, Marc Barasch sets out on a journey to the heart of compassion, discovering its power to change who we are and the society we have become. He describes encounters with empathetic apes, and with Buddhist monks whose brain scans prove the power of compassion practice; with a man who donated a kidney to a stranger and another who forgave his daughter's murderer; with teenage Palestinian and Israeli girls trying to wage peace; even with astronomers trying to send a missive to E.T. that we're not only clever but kind. With unfailing curiosity, Barasch poses vital questions: What can we learn from exceptionally empathetic people? Can we increase our compassion quotient with practice? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually ''survival of the kindest''? He comes up with challenging, ultimately inspiring answers. Drawing on science and spirituality, history and popular culture, button-down business and a high sense of fun, he creates a smart, provocative argument that a simple shift in consciousness changes ''pretty much everything.'' The Compassionate Life was originally published in Hardcover as Field Notes on the Compassionate Life.

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User Review  - Jessie - Goodreads

This book has some good and interesting ideas, but it reads like some 40 year old guy trying to seem hip while giving a motivational speech to high schoolers. Read full review

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User Review  - Artemis Elias - Goodreads

This book so touched me, it made me want to run out and hug the world. It also made me very sad to see, how lately I've neglected to feed my altruistic heart, that in my earlier days brought me such ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Barasch is the former editor and chief of New Age Journal where he was honored with a National Magazine Award. An internationally known lecturer, TV writer, and film producer, he has twice been a finalist for a PEN literary award.

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