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The Future of Compassion

Reflections on Dr Thupten Jinpa’s June 18th talk for the DLCC. It was with great pleasure that the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion hosted Dr Thupten Jinpa last month to speak about his most recent book A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate can Transform our Lives. Addressing … Continue reading

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The Dalai Lama Wins Hearts and Minds at Glastonbury

A report from Glastonbury Festival by Communications intern, Issie Lakin (Year 10, Alcester Academy). The morning of Sunday the 28th of June at Glastonbury music festival was quiet, with a sense of mystery in the air as rumours whispered through the tents and anticipation heightened. At 10.30am via worthyFM, the … Continue reading

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Comparative Moral Philosophy

A Reflection on Imam Ibrahim Amin’s Talk for the DLCC. The Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion has recently been fortunate to host Imam Ibrahim Amin for a seminar on understandings of compassion in the Islamic tradition, at which he was joined by a number of Oxford philosophers and scholars of … Continue reading

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Journey Into Compassion

  The exams are coming to a close and students are looking forward to summer here in Oxford.  Our intrepid intern, Caroline Ivimey-Parr has just got back from holidays in India, so we asked her to reflect on how we might remain compassionate whilst travelling in far-flung climbs this summer.  Here … Continue reading

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Compassion and the Legacy of Solidarity

Solidarity during the times of solidarnosc

A reflection on the international seminar “The Treasure of Solidarity: Lessons for Europe”. This month representatives from the DLCC were invited to Brussels to attend an international seminar on the legacy of the great Polish working-class revolution of the 1980s – Solidarność. Gathered in the Polish Embassy, a matter of … Continue reading

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Is the Internet Making Us Less Compassionate?

In a recent TED talk, Monica Lewinsky expressed the view that the internet might be making us less compassionate. Lewinsky explains how she was one of the first people to be trolled en masse by a nascent internet.  Her 18-minute talk, entitled “The Price of Shame” describes how she was … Continue reading

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The Surprising Truth About Volunteering

A recent thread on The Student Room asked whether or not it is a good idea to volunteer in a charity shop. Just about every reply focused on the fact that it was good for CV brownie points. In fact, this reason was mentioned far more than those warm, fuzzy … Continue reading

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Town, Gown and Down-and-out: Compassionate Solutions To Oxford’s Housing Crisis

As well as the breath-taking honey-coloured stone, the famous dreaming spires and the tweed-clad Dons, the one thing that many visitors first notice is the number of homeless people on Oxford’s streets. Indeed, the homeless in Oxford are as numerous as they are visible. On any one night in Oxford, … Continue reading

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Human Nature

Since classical antiquity the idea of human nature has played a central role in our understanding of ourselves and of our place in the world, providing the source of norms of conduct, as well as presenting a categorical framework for living a good, and fulfilled life. At the same time … Continue reading

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Compassion at the Interface of Self and Other

Any writer is familiar with the feeling of spending so long looking at a word on the page that it appears to be spelled incorrectly, even though they know it to be correct. Sartre describes the sensation of looking at your hand and it no longer appears to be the … Continue reading

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