A Multiplicity of Approaches to Transcending the Human Condition
This introductory chapter discusses the concept of spirituality in Korea. The country provides a particularly fruitful laboratory for the study of spirituality in the modern world because of its great variety of religious, philosophical, and spiritual beliefs and practices. Koreans can choose from polytheist, monotheist, or nontheist conceptions of invisible powers. As such, they have a wider range of spiritual and religious techniques for addressing the problems of life. Though Korea is ethnically homogeneous, it resembles multicultural societies such as the United States and Canada, with the significant difference that in Korea there is no single dominant religion; thus, there is less peer pressure to conform to a dominant mode of spirituality.
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