"Civilisation is peace, barbarism is war"
Frédéric Passy (First Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1901)
Anthony Russell at a meeting in the Speakers House, Palace of Westminster, London
The Chandos is a non-political, entirely independent foundation committed to promoting the culture of peaceful coexistence through dialogue and the arts (& without awarding grants)
A COMMITMENT TO METTÃ and THISSA
These Buddhist words ('loving kindness' & 'truth') are recognised as echoing the shared heritage of all humanity. We hold that as the two elements of the Golden Rule; "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", they should be central to our lives, personally and politically.
"ALL THINGS HAVE THEIR BEGINNINGS"
A Quaker saying that well reflects the universal recognition that the culture of peace can only be spread through the determination and persistence of caring individuals. Consequently, central to the success of democracy is not only the requirement to occasionally vote but for each of us to participate in improving the world for all. The greater the number working with 'Mettã' & 'Thissa' for the good of those beyond their immediate circle of understanding, the better and truer the quality of that democracy.
UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION
Through various methods, The Chandos works to improve understanding. Believing that democracy is progress by dialogue and compromise rather than conflict, The Chandos works through seeking understanding and cooperation, to reevaluate our definition of civilisation. Peaceful or nonviolent means, far from being a passive force, are about active loving, requiring discipline, fortitude and on occasions great bravery against powerful forces. These principles are clarified in the CHANDOS CHARTER, with its emphasis on the goal of not judging others "lest ye be judged", but can be summed up in the requirement for UNIVERSAL, UNCONDITIONAL RESPECT.
This understanding has been formulated into CIVIL-ISATION
HOW WE WORK
We celebrate the great variety of individuals and organisations committed to these principles and seek to make these organisations as well as this 'spirit' better known. However, we also recognise the requirement to come together to speak with the single voice of compassion and truth. The Chandos undertakes research both in Britain and in Burma and strives to encourage dialogue and understanding.
The Chandos is funded by an endowment from the Russell family, lectures undertaken and from the percentage of sales of 'Evolving the Spirit' not given to charity.
The Founder Anthony Russell LECTURES on the arts and ethics. These are both straight addresses or occasions for interactive dialogue.
The principles outlined above are also articulated in his book 'Evolving the Spirit - From Democracy to Peace'
The Chandos is also involved in community-based projects:
"Forgiveness is actually not something that we do
so much as something that we are."