Contemplative Order of Compassion is a non-sectarian intentional
spiritual community, rooted in the rich tradition of Buddhist Dharma,
interpreted through an inclusive, non-religious, culturally relevant,
post-denominational and post-modern lens.
Drawing on a diverse heritage, inspired by the monastic and contemplative
spirituality of the Benedictine Camaldolese, the pre-institutional
Franciscan charism of caring for the sick and poor, the Quaker
tradition of interior listening and discernment and the non-dualistic
philosophy of Buddhist and Advaita dharma, the Contemplative Order
of Compassion is committed to an unorthodox, non-traditional and
often controversial spiritual practice -- affirming the essential
truths taught by the great Masters: Buddha Sakyamuni and Rabbi
Yeshua ben Yusef (Jesus the Nazarene), which are often obscured
by the institutional dogma and doctrine, cultural mythos and superstition
and midrashic literature that has been regarded as scripture.
We reject the notion that there is "one true path"
or that any particular spiritual tradition or religion is the
only way to liberation. We find denominations which teach such
obscenities to be among the most disgraceful and useless expressions
of a primitive and delusional mentality, which does nothing to
generate real compassion in the world. We affirm that there are
many spiritual approaches, both theistic and non-theistic, religious
and non-religious, which can powerfully contribute to ending suffering
in the world, and lead all beings toward peace, enlightenment
and calm abiding.
Ours is a "feral wisdom path", which embraces many
historic and contemporary spiritual practices, including prayer,
meditation, contemplation, study, solitude, silence, service,
community and liturgy. We affirm that healthy spirituality cannot
be separated from applied reasoning, science and intelligence.
The Contemplative Order of Compassion embraces a belief that
every sentient being deserves to be treated with respect, compassion,
loving-kindness and equanimity. And we believe that these qualities
are fundamental to our human nature. By mindful engagement in
the ancient principles and spiritual practices of the Buddhist
philosophy, we believe that each of us can cultivate goodness,
warmth, wisdom and compassion, as a means of freeing ourselves
from the experience of suffering, so that we can work to alleviate
the suffering of all beings.
Jampal Choden, Khenpo Gurudas Sunyatananda (Jampal Lobzang),
Ven. Jampal Sangye, Ven. Ani Jampal Yangchen