The Art of Living Foundation

Spirituality and Wellbeing in the Global Context
by Dr Stephen Jacobs, Dr George D Chryssides & Professor James R Lewis
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Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd

Series: Ashgate New Religions

Publication Date: September 28, 2015

ISBN: 9781472412706

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The Hindu-derived meditation movement, The Art of Living (AOL), founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore, has grown into a global organization which claims presence in more than 150 countries. Stephen Jacobs presents the first comprehensive study of AOL as an important transnational movement and an alternative global spirituality. Exploring the nature and characteristics of spirituality in the contemporary global context, Jacobs considers whether alternative spiritualities are primarily concerned with individual wellbeing and can simply be regarded as another consumer product. The book concludes that involvement in movements such as AOL is not necessarily narcissistic but can foster a sense of community and inspire altruistic activity.