Ram Dass, who has spent many years teaching about spiritual service, and Mirabai Bush, chairperson of the Seva Foundation, share their views on volunteer work in this important book. In the first section, Ram Dass reflects on this path which has taken him from teaching psychology in the 1950s to the study of meditation in India to working with a variety of organizations dedicated to relieving suffering in the world.

Mirabai Bush outlines the lineaments of compassionate service to others. In order to set out on this road, it is necessary to do what you love, to learn the art of listening, to start small right where you are, to do your homework, to reflect on your motives, and to look for a close match between your talents and the needs of others. Compassion in Action is a wise companion for those on the path of service.