We have observed that all the major religions have a universal message: Love and help each other. This precludes any use of violence to achieve religious or spiritual goals. Acceptance, mercy, and meaningful work are prerequisites to happiness. There is no wealth without happiness. As Mohandas Gandhi said; "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." The spirit thrives on a sense of equilibrium, within and with the rest of the world.

Inclusion and tolerance, treating one’s neighbor as one would like to be treated, and a respect for individuality and uniqueness are some of the concepts that form a spiritual life--one that does not exclude other belief systems. Extremism, or collusion by one or more religions for the purpose of taking over, or eliminating another, will not be tolerated. Oscar Wilde said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner a future." The most meaningful experiences in life can come from mistakes, heartbreak, and pain. After all, human beings are most certainly alike in their imperfection. As Therefore, people are asked to show empathy and suspend judgment of others, whenever possible.

Freedom of religion is a tenet of a free society. To have the freedom to practice individual forms of spirituality, it is necessary to be tolerant of varying beliefs. J. Krishnamurti, in his book Freedom from the Known, warns against choosing one belief system at the exclusion of all others. "When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind."

Walden Three supports no one type of religious belief system, but recognizes the need for spirituality to be a part of everyday life. Special care is taken to provide a special retreat in each building for reflection and contemplation. Since each building is built at least 600 feet from another, every citizen’s home would have sweeping views of surrounding gardens. No home would overlook a freeway, a dumpster, or billboards. Instead, fields, playgrounds, gazebos, pools, flower and vegetable gardens provide a plethora of areas for spiritual and religious contemplation and practice. Permaculture, a quasi-spiritual practice that promotes the cycle of natural regeneration, would be the preferred method of keeping the grounds healthy.

Students are encouraged to learn about various religions and spiritual teachings to gain an appreciation for the breadth and scope of spiritual life, as well as the tradition from which ideas hail. Fundamentalism will be handled by literally going back to “the fundamentals of the religion,” with the understanding that the fundamentals of every major religion come back to kindness, tolerance, and forgiveness. Through the study of ancient religious texts, we hope to gain a better understanding of the mind and the human experience.
Recall that in the Quran, after Mohammed and his followers had been tortured and forced into exile, finally stood at the conquest of Mecca. By the laws of war, he could have sought revenge for these cruelties, but, as professor K. S. Ramakrishna Rao, describes in her analysis, “Mohammed the Prophet;” instead, “ Mohammad's heart flowed with affection and he declared, "This day, there is no reproof against you and you are all free." "This day," he proclaimed, "I trample under my feet all distinctions between man and man, all hatred between man and man."

We recognize the need to seek out the soul as equally important as understanding the mind and body. Bringing “soul” back to everything from work, to medicine, to the buildings we live in, to the family, is one of the main objectives. According to Thomas Moore, in his book The Care of the Soul, many of contemporary societies’ problems can be understood in terms of an absence of soul. Our mechanized, speed-oriented lives are beginning to lose the deeper connection to ourselves, and to the rest of the world. The soul then acts out in mysterious and sometimes mythical ways—through neurosis, disease, and violence.
One of the reasons Walden Three supports sustainability, efficiency, and efficacy, is so that people will have more time and opportunity to reflect, practice religion, and find their own spirituality and purpose in life.