The mission of the Center for Engaged Compassion is to repair the world through the practical application of wise, skillful compassion.
The Center for Engaged Compassion is a practical education center of Claremont Lincoln University, a unique institution that seeks to repair the world by applying the ancient wisdom of religions to the problems of today. The Center supports the university’s vision by giving people enduring, effective skills to bring peace, reconciliation, and healing to the world.
“Engaged compassion” transforms the desire to help others into practical actions that repair the world. The Center offers concrete, learnable processes, practices, and perspectives that teach individuals, groups, communities, organizations, and even governments how to create peace and reconciliation through the formation of engaged compassion. The spiritual traditions of the world teach that this kind of compassion — a compassion that emerges from a truly engaged spirituality — is necessary for creating true peace, reconciliation, and healing within secular as well as religious contexts. The Center’s social transformation projects, academic programs, and research & development initiatives integrate the wisdom and formative practices of the world’s spiritual traditions with the most advanced contemporary understandings of the human arts and sciences.
The Center for Engaged Compassion teaches a unique set of skills for wisely assessing and appropriately transforming destructive personal, interpersonal, social, economic, and political dynamics. These skills enable people to repair the world through
• personal practices of reflection, self-understanding, self-compassion, and decision-making that form non-reactive, compassionate behavior.
• interpersonal practices of communication, compassion, and wise, creative actions that heal broken relationships.
• practices of social change that constructively analyze, creatively engage, and compassionately transform strife-torn situations within and between organizations, communities, and groups.
- Strategic Areas
I. Social Transformation Projects
II. Academic Programs
III. Dissemination (through retreats, seminars, conferences, publications & written curricula) of “Engaged Compassion”
IV. Research and Development Initiatives”