Roger Walsh M.D., Ph.D., is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, and adjunct professor of religious studies at the University of California at Irvine. He is a student and researcher of contemplative practices, and his publications include the books Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices, Paths Beyond Ego, The World of Shamanism, and Gifts from A Course in Miracles.

Service as Spiritual Practice


. . . But the great religions regard helping one another as more than mere obligation. Rather, they see service as both a central human motive and as a source of profound satisfaction and well-being. In the monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, love and service of others are often given equal status with love and service of God. In Buddhism, compassion is seen as an inherent aspect of our nature, while Confucianism regards benevolence as “the most important moral quality.”

Summer 2011 Issue

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