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LIVE from the NYPL: KAREN ARMSTRONG: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

January 11, 2011

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Karen Armstrong, one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in modern life, joins LIVE for a talk about making the world a more compassionate place. Armstrong believes that while all human beings are intrisically compassionate, we each need to work to cultivate and expand our capacity for this important instinct. She demonstrates that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two.

This program is part of series of events related to NYPL’s exhibition Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam on view in the Gottesman Exhibition Hall, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building through February 27, 2011.

This event is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


KAREN ARMSTRONG is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs. In February 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working on The Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and launched globally in the fall of 2009. She lives in London.