Radicals for compassion convene in Boulder

October 17, 2014
Photo: Naropa Meditation Class(Photo: Courtesy of Naropa University)
Students meditate during a class at Naropa University.
As the Dalai Lama has said, “We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it then no politician or even a magician can save the planet.”
This week contemplatives, scientists, and activists will participate in the Radical Compassion Symposium at Naropa University in Boulder.
Photo: Naropa Jerry Colonna(Photo: Courtesy of Reboot.io)
CEO coach Jerry Colonna
"Business leaders and workers must learn to practice non-violent business, especially in how they manage people," he says.
The way to accomplish this is through deep self exploration, he adds. CEOs need to understand how their inner lives affect their decisions, so they can be effective and better managers, Colonna says. That can lead to more compassion in the workplace.
Colonna says having compassion does not preclude being financially successful either. "Greed and compassion are not compatible," says Colonna, and greed stems from fear, so understanding fears like fear of failure or fear of loss of security is critical to developing radical compassion.
Photo: Naropa Judith Simmer Brown(Photo: Courtesy of Naropa University)
Professor of religious studies Judith Simmer Brown teaches a class at Naropa University.
"Warfare and alienation is caused by people who don’t understand each other," she says.
She says it’s critical to listen and talk with those who have different beliefs, because this is how to interrupt the cycles of misunderstanding. 
If you stay away from talking about philosophy and theology there’s often common ground between opposing groups, she says, and that is the place to build peace and a compassionate society.