Compassion is not
religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury,
it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human
survival. The Dalai Lama
a site dedicated to encouraging and supporting taking self
responsibility and acting with self reliance in action, consciousness and life, with
articles, quotations and links.
We are facing an erosion of values in this time, accelerated by
technology & managed care.
This is a "side-effect" of the "progress" they have
produced. Now, we need to develop a science and advocacy for values such as
Responsibility, compassion, caring, self-reliance, virtue, character and integrity.
Quotations on Responsibility
- Essay: The Politics of Responsibility, Awareness, Self Regulation
- a keynote speech by Rob Kall, presented at FUTUREHEALTH's 6th Winter
Brain Conference, Feb 8, 1998, Palm Springs
Links Regarding Responsibility
- Nathaniel Branden Website; check out his
book, essential reading if you are interested in this topic,
& Schuster) book review: Nathaniel Branden tells how to take charge of your
- Lifelines: a series or essays on
responsibility, starting with one referring to Nathaniel Branden's book.
- The Long Now Foundation THE
LONG NOW Foundation was established in June 01996 to foster long-term
responsibility. A 10,000-year Clock and Library for the deep future are its founding
projects. The present version of the Clock/Library scheme has grown from two years' online
conversation among the board members. (Daniel Hillis, Stewart Brand, Mitchell
Kapor, Esther Dyson, Brian Eno, Peter Schwartz, Douglas Carlston, Paul Saffo, and
- The Nathan Cummings
Foundation Here's a sample of their vision, from their website. We seek to contribute
to the creation of a health care system with health professionals who consider these
composite factors affecting patients' health and health outcomes; facilities that are
user-friendly; and processes that encourage and prepare patients to become the primary
guardians of their own health and well-being.
- A PERSON OF CHARACTER . . .
from Thomas Lickona's book, Educating for Character
- Character Education Internet
Resources a great list
- World Transformation: A cornucopia of great
things happening in the World
- Atonement: Taking
Responsibility by Abbot John Daido Loori, M.R.O. Excerpt from The Heart of Being
- "Many rites of passage that take place in the context of Buddhist practice include
the Gatha of Atonement near the beginning of the ceremony. The Gatha of Atonement, or
At-one-ment, creates a pure and unconditioned state of consciousness. It initiates an
attitude of mind conducive to entering the rite of passage, a mind receptive and open to
transformation. Rites of passage mark the entrance point into different realms,
relationships, or states of being. Taking the precepts as one's life is a serious matter.
When we vow to maintain them, making a commitment to manifest our life with the wisdom and
compassion of the Tathagata, we, indeed, enter a different realm. And in that passage, the
Gatha of Atonement establishes a clean slate. "