As you know - I am not the authority on Compassion; however, there are others who are. As I am doing my own research on the topic I will come across things that are best said by these very same others.
One amazing person I just listened to for 20 minutes is Karen Armstrong. Amazing, Amazing - a true Authority! Listening to Karen I felt like a preschooler on the mat, listening in wonderment; almost silly thinking of how i reduced Compassion to a simple turning of a makeshift happy/sad face. but ~ this is where we start.
If you have time & a quiet space (because what she talks about is profound and unexpected), please click the link: Karen Armstrong/Charter for Compassion ~ hope it works for you!! Otherwise, feel free to copy/paste the following: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/234
These are the quotes that stood out to me:
"Religion is about behaving differently"
Compassion is closely linked with the "The Golden Rule"
"We must not leave an interpretation of scripture until we have found a compassionate interpretation of it."
"Scripture must be governed by the principal of charity."
"We do not confine Compassion to our own group."
ps. I had no idea when I thought of this project ~ Compassion had so much to do with the World Religions . . . (ha! aren't you glad I'm the fearless leader)
no telling - really - where the year will take us!! i am truly excited :)