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Spirituality Demystified -  with Dr Rohana Ulluwishewa

When:

Sat 21 Nov 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Theosophical Society Hall, 304 Church St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

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Spirituality Demystified - Understanding Spirituality in Rational Terms, presentation by Dr Rohana Ulluwishewa PhD MSc, who has also written a book entitled Spirituality Demystified: Understanding Spirituality in Rational Terms, which has won the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award 2015 for this book and is now being published. Dr Ulluwishewa was honoured as a finalist in the International Book Award 2014 for his previous book Spirituality and Sustainable Development.

Spirituality Demystified - Spirit literally means that which gives vitality to a system – all living beings including ourselves. Spirit is our essence, what we really are. Spirituality is the state of being one with the spirit, or becoming who we really are. This is the purpose of our life as humans. Discoveries in neuroscience reveal that our brain is hardwired to guide us to achieve this goal. However, the brain’s neuroplasticity allows the self-centeredness which dominates our society to be soft-wired in the brain. This makes our thoughts and actions selfish and prevents us from following the hardwired brain. Nevertheless, the good news is that the same neuroplasticity allows us to dissolve the soft-wired neural circuits and to liberate ourselves from self-centeredness if we want to do so. The founders of all great religions have shown various pathways to achieve this goal, and there are many science-based non-religious pathways too. Though there are many methods and pathways, following them is our choice.

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 and Political Science, University of London, 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 Darussalam, 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.

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