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Spirituality and Sustainable Development

Spirituality and Sustainable Development

by Rohana Ulluwishewa

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Looking beyond the materialistic boundary of the conventional development paradigm, this book identifies our spiritual underdevelopment which is being reflected as self-centeredness and greed, as the root cause of conventional development's failure to alleviate poverty and inequality, achieve sustainability and deliver happiness to humanity.

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ISBN-13: 9781349480128
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 203
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rohana Ulluwishewa was an Associate Professor at the Sri Jayewardenepura University in Sri Lanka. After gaining a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, UK, he completed his PhD at Kyushu University, Japan. In his thirty years of academic career he has worked as Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei, and was Visiting Fellow at Wageningen Agricultural University and Leiden University in the Netherlands, and at Leeds University, UK. He served as a consultant for many national and international development agencies and has published in numerous international journals. He was also an Honorary Research Associate at Massey University in New Zealand, where he currently lives.

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Introduction What is this Book About? Are We Intrinsically Self-Centered and Greedy? Organization of the Book PART I: WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY? 1. Contemporary Views on Spirituality Spirituality and Religion Spiritual but Not Religious Spirituality: Scientific Perspectives 2. Spirituality Re-examined Searching Common Grounds in Different Views Transforming Mind, Changing Values 3. Spirituality: Development Perspectives Spirituality in Conventional Development Spirituality as Establishing Right Relationships Spirituality as Transformation of the Human Mind PART II: GLOBAL ECONOMIC SYSTEM FROM SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE 4. Identifying Global Socio-Spiritual Classes Worldly Happiness and Spiritual Happiness Basic Needs and Neurotic Needs Needs and Happiness Human Values, Human Virtues and Human Vices Happiness, Needs, Values and Power Towards a Socio-Spiritual Classification of People 5. Global Economic System as a Product of Greedy Mind Characteristics of Global Socio-Spiritual Classes The Giant Fruit Tree in an Isolated Island: An Analogy Self-Centeredness, Greed and Class Relations 6. Global Economic System and Conventional Development Origin and characteristics of conventional development Self-centeredness and greed in conventional development: theory and practice Spirituality and Conventional Development: Contradictions PART III: DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT SPIRITUALITY 7. Poverty and Inequality Two forms of development Poverty and Inequality in Intentional Development Poverty and Inequality in Immanent Development 8. Environmental Unsustainability Self-Centeredness and Unsustainability Self-Centredness, Private Consumption and Unsustainability Spirituality as a Guide to Sustainable Consumption 9. Unhappiness Self-Centeredness, Happiness, and Unhappiness Development and Unhappiness If Not Material Wealth, What Makes Us Happy? Two Kinds of Happiness PART IV: TOWARDS A SPIRITUALITY-BASED DEVELOPMENT 10. Spiritual Growth and Economic Growth: Conflict or Synergy? Spiritual Growth Are Spiritual Growth and Economic Growth Mutually Beneficial? Spiritual Growth and Optimum Economic Growth 11. Spiritualizing the Global Economic System Towards a Form of Development Motivated by Love Is it Already Underway? Happiness Orientation in Spirituality-Based Development 12. Towards a World of Abundence, Equity, Sustainability and Happiness First the Problem of Affluence, then the Problem of Poverty Immusizing the Non-Affluent Against Affluenza Promoting Selfless Service as Development Integrating Spirituality into Formal Education Re-Spiritualizing Religion Scientific Research on Spirituality Spiritually Oriented Personal Services Integrating Spirituality into Development Studies Is Spirituality-Based Development Possible? Epilogue: Changing Ourselves to Change the World References Endnotes

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