We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many sprouts emerged from the unprecedented, 5-day Seeds of Compassion event held in Seattle during April, 2008. Among them, the Dalai Lama Center in Vancouver, the work of the Compassion Movement in Bellingham and the Compassionate Action Network (CAN) based in Seattle.
Broad community interest has nurtured this growth, and now we hope to create a robust and inclusive network for sustaining and expanding the seeds of compassionate action.
Invitations were extended to interfaith/interspiritual organizations throughout Washington, Oregon and Vancouver, BC, to participate in an all day Open Space gathering on October 17th. We self-organized around this Calling Question:
How shall we create a regional compassionate action network that meets the needs of local communities and active people and also scales to a global level?
This logical next step forward for our region was also timely as a Pre-Parliament Event to help widen the circle of dialogue and discovery on a truly global basis. All were invited to take responsibility for what really matters to them, convening and attending sessions that answer the calling question and engaging the gifts each person brings to the circle. There was food, music, art and plenty of thoughtful exciting conversations and collaborations. Active sectors of compassionate action offered questions they are currently addressing, for instance:
- Teaching the practice of compassion.
- Art as a spiritual practice: a model for contemplative listening and compassionate action.
- Practical compassion and social justice.
- Caring for our Earth – the environment and compassion.
- Experimenting with how music affects compassionate public discourse.
- Changing how we see our economy: Creating real wealth and a caring economy.