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THE GOLDEN RULE ... "A Principle for Living"

The Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism embraces “The Golden Rule” as part of our efforts to find common ground among all the world’s faith traditions. This rule runs through the fabric of all religions and cultures and challenges us to live in harmony and unity with all beings on the planet. Here are a few examples of the Golden Rule as it appears in ten different faith traditions.


Do for one  who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do. – The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant: 109-110


And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself. - Bahá'u'lláh - Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, 30


Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. – The Buddha - Udana-Varga 5:18


Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. – Jesus – Bible: Matthew 7:12


What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. – Confucius - Analects of Confucius 15:24


Treat others as you treat yourself. – Mahabharata 5:1517


Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. - The Prophet Muhammad – Hadith


Love thy neighbor as thyself. – Leviticus 19:18
What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. - Talmud, Shabbat 3id


Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. - Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien


That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self. – Dadistan-i-Dinik 94:5


The Center has acquired the following collection and will make individual volumes available to those persons wishing to utilize this resource. Interested persons should call our office at (340) 693-1003 to make arrangements for use.
World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest, edited by Ewert Cousins.
New York, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company.
Individual Titles:
  • African Spirituality (2 volumes)
  • Buddhist Spirituality (3 Volumes)
  • Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality
  • Christian Spirituality (3 Volumes)
  • Common Sense Spirituality
  • Confucian Spirituality (2 Volumes)
  • Hindu Spirituality (2 Volumes)
  • Islamic Spirituality (2 Volumes)
  • Jewish Spirituality (2 Volumes)
  • Modern Esoteric Spirituality
  • Spirituality and the Secular


Promising Practices - A National Study of College Students' Search for Meaning and Purpose

Promising Practices summarizes campus-wide initiatives and institutional practices from colleges and universities across the country, and features examples of practices that can facilitate students' spiritual development. This guidebook can serve as a companion to Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives by Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, and Jennifer A. Lindholm (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Promising Practices is designed for use by administrators, faculty, student affairs professionals, and student leaders who are committed to supporting students' spiritual development.