Restoring the Soul. A Study Guide for Service as a Spiritual Activity in Buddhism

Restoring the Soul, 2011. Accessed April 14, 2017.

Many people today think about living a more compassionate life of service, but don’t know how to express compassion in everyday life. In this study guide, developed by Restoring the Soul, a 501 (c) (3) in Boulder Colorado, these two actions-contemplation and practice-are masterfully intertwined. The result is a powerful curriculum useful to small groups interested in growing in compassionate service to others. “The study guide is meant to be of use to the three main schools of Buddhism: Theravaden, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.” In the guide, participants are led through a series of topics related to the virtue and practice of compassion. Included within the curriculum are discussion questions, further study recommendations and practice suggestions. Summaries are also provided, as well as a list of additional resources. Most helpful is the final section that leads a group through the process of identifying a volunteer project where they can serve, as a group, community needs. The guide is easy to use, practical and philosophical, and provides engaging elements that make for outstanding adult learning and praxis.