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Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters

Roger S. Gottlieb


This view of spirituality from traditional religion to contemporary culture reveals the common thread that joins Mahayana Buddhism and Hasidic Judaism, the Islamic Sufi poet Rumi and the Catholic St. Thomas a Kempis, people of every traditional religion and people who describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” This book describes spiritual life as the simple but extraordinarily difficult choice to face life's rigors and disappointments by developing certain key virtues. As we become more mindful, accepting, grateful, compassionate, and lovingly connected to others, we become more sp ... More

Keywords: spirituality, spiritual path, contemporary religion, meditation, nature spirituality, spirituality and medicine, spirituality and political activism, virtue, compassion, mindfulness, wisdom, happiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199738748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger S. Gottlieb, author
Worcester Polytechnic Institute