The Charter starts like this: “The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.” Different traditions state the Golden Rule in their own way, but each points to compassion:

Hinduism: “Whatever you consider injurious to yourself, never do to others. This is the essence of dharma.” (Mahabharata, Udyoga Parvan 39, 71)

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5, 18)

Jainism: “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, regard all creatures as you would regard your own self.” (Mahavira)

Sikhism: “Be not estranged from another for God dwells in every heart.” (Guru Granth Sahib)

Confucianism: “Is there one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one’s life? Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.” (Analects: Sayings of Confucius 15, 23)

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (Tai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)

Zoroastrianism: “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing to another whatever is not good for its own self.” (Dadistan-i-Dinik 94, 5)

Judaism: When Rabbi Hillel was asked to teach the entire Torah while standing on one foot, he replied: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow men and women. That is the entire Torah; all the rest is commentary.” He then added: “Now go and study.” (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

Christianity: “Treat others the way you want them to treat you. This is the Law and the Prophets.” (Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 7: 12)

Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brothers and sisters that which he desires for himself.” (Hadith of Muhammad)

Baha’i Faith: “He should not wish for others that which he does not wish for himself, nor promise that which he does not fulfill.” (Gleanings of Baha’u’llah)

Native American: “Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.”