Celebrating WIHW: Compassion in a New Light

SiVIC Interreligious Leaders Forum

Garth Pickett speaks on compassion

by Sari Heidenreich, Regional Coordinator for North America at URI (SiVIC is a Cooperating Circle of URI)

There are special moments in life when things just click, when something you thought you knew takes on new life.

That happened for me yesterday with compassion.

It’s not that before yesterday I didn’t think compassion was important — or that I didn’t seek to practice it everyday. On the contrary, I was doing both of those things. But yesterday, sitting around a table with 25 people, all seeking to understand the role of compassion in their religion and spiritual journey, my understanding of compassion ballooned.

Garth Pickett, a board member of the URI Cooperation Circle Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, shared with the group that, in the Bible, the word compassion is mostly used to describe a feeling while compassion in action is charity.

  As someone raised in the Christian tradition, this set off about a hundred light bulbs in my brain. Charity — that is the word used in that most famous and central of Bible passages — 1 Corinthians 13.

Read more at United Religions Initiative

Conversations on Compassion with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, New York Times best-selling author and worldwide meditation teacher, will join our founder and director, Dr. Doty, to discuss the role compassion has played in her life. Sharon is Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.

Register here to join us for this wonderful conversation.

Ethical Eating

For those of you who may not have been able to attend the Interreligious Leaders Forum session last week on “What Our Religious Traditions Tell Us about the Food We Do—and Don’t—Eat,” here is a video of the presentations.

The event was co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Business Ethics at Santa Clara University, and featured a panel that included Ven JianYing, Sunnyvale Zen Center; Dr. Inder Mohan SIngh, San Jose Gurdwara; Madhulika Singh, PreetiRang Sanctuary; and Deven Shah, Jain Center. The panel was moderated by Dr. Sarah Robinson.



Compassion Games 2015

Compassion GamesJoin Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC), Carry the Vision (CTV),
and other community groups in a coopetition*
to make Silicon Valley a more compassionate society!

*Coopetition = Cooperative Competition

We invite you to be a part of the Compassion Games again this year. Compassionate Silicon Valley is once again competing with groups and cities around the world to demonstrate who is the most compassionate of all!

Follow the links for more information and join the team!*

*These are also in the menu above under “Projects”

Statement on Anti-Muslim protests

hands togetherAt this time, when the forces of fear are calling for rallies against a religious minority, and xenophobia and bigotry are given more prominent voice in the public square, we feel it necessary to reaffirm the common values of openness, tolerance, understanding, and pluralism that unite us as Americans and as human beings. We stand against those who would fracture the unity of the human family along racial, ethnic, religious, or cultural lines; but even more we stand for the compassion and mutual respect that our world so badly needs. Continue Reading →

From Fear to Friendship: Interfaith Relations in a Time of Suspicion

Speaker: Rev. D. Andrew Kille, Ph.D., Chair of Silicon Valley Interreligious Council.

Prejudice and fear of unknown others is nothing new in the American experience. Time after time, suspicion directed toward one group or another has complicated the interreligious encounter. What impact do negative statements made by presidential candidates or local governmental figures make on interfaith relations? What positive efforts are being made to bring people and communities together, and how can individuals get involved in promoting a more just and compassionate world for all?

A Church Of Missionary Disciples

Pope Francis and the 21st century parish: A Church Of Missionary Disciples

All are welcome to this free presentation by JustFaith founder, Jack Jezreel

Come and hear speaker Jack Jezreel. He will address the vision of Pope Francis, the gospel call to Compassion, and how churches can be effectively Renewed and reinvigorated.

Jack Jezreel, M.Div.,(University of Notre Dame) is the Founder of JustFaith Ministries, an organization dedicated to creating and supporting formation processes that inspire commitment to social ministry. He is a popular and well-traveled speaker and teacher, sometimes introduced as the “Johnny Appleseed” of the U.S. Church’s social mission. In 2006, he received the prestigious Harry A. Fagan Award for his unique contribution to the Church’s social mission. Jack previously spent 6 years in a Catholic Worker Community and 12 years in parish ministry. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Maggie. They have three adult daughters.

Conversations on Compassion with Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

About The Event
In this dialogue, CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, will ask Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak about his life’s work and what role compassion may have played. This event is an hour-long dialogue followed by questions from the audience. The talk will be recorded and posted to CCARE’s YouTube Channel and website several weeks after the event.

*Stanford faculty/staff can earn an Environmental Health berry for attending this event.

About Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is a versatile genius who has made pathbreaking contributions to society without the power of post or money. He has turned the pages of India’s long history of untouchability, social discrimination, and the mass practice of open defecation.  In recent years, he has given a new life to the long-suffering widows of India.

The Sulabh Founder is a Renaissance Man who combines in his multifaceted personality the traits of a social scientist, an engineer, an administrator and an institution-builder. What is remarkable is that he has ingeniously utilized all these talents to enrich and empower the depressed classes and improve community health, hygiene and environmental sanitation. He is thus fulfilling the dreams of two national icons—Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.

Registration is required for access to seating before the event starts. Non-registrants are still welcome to attend. Depending on space, any available seats will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis once the event begins.

Doors open to registrants at 6:45PM.

Full details and registration.

Conversations on Compassion with Kyra Bobinet

In this dialogue, CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, will ask Kyra Bobinet about her life’s work and what role compassion may have played. This event is an hour-long dialogue followed by questions from the audience. The talk will be recorded and posted to CCARE’s YouTube Channel and website several weeks after the event.

Stanford Bookstore will have copies of her new book, Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science and Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, and Purposeful Life, available for purchase at the event. Book signing will also take place after the event.

About Kyra Bobinet

Dr. Kyra Bobinet has five words of advice on engaging people in health: be caring, authentic, and useful. As a national speaker, author and CEO-founder of engagedIN, a neuroscience behavior design firm, Kyra devotes her life to cracking the code of WHY we engage in what we do.  Everyday, she and her team use neuroscience and design thinking to make health and wellness more engaging.

Dr. Bobinet is the author of Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science and Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, and Purposeful Life and authors a column on behavior neuroscience design for ExperienceLife magazine.

More information and registration.

Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing Workshop

Join CCARE and Tergar Meditation Community for a Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing workshop followed by a Conversation on Compassion.

Can we cultivate well-being in the same way that we can train our bodies to be healthier and more resilient? If so, how might we use the practice of meditation to experience equanimity, to open our hearts fully to others, and to cultivate insight and wisdom? In this workshop, two world-renowned experts, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Richard J. Davidson, PhD, will share their perspectives and insights on meditation and the cultivation of well-being. This workshop will include teachings on simple meditation practices that help us to recognize and nurture the mind’s natural qualities of awareness, compassion, and wisdom, as well as discussions on the practice and science of self-transformation and the cultivation of well-being. There will also be short periods of guided meditation and opportunities for participants to ask questions.

This workshop will conclude with a Conversation on Compassion with CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty. He will ask Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Richard Davidson about their life’s work and what role compassion has played.