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Meditation in a Former Chapel

by John Bonaduce

On my first day of graduate school I became aware that the auditorium in which we gathered had formerly been a church. Despite efforts to secularize the place, a clear liturgical signature remained: a...

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Tish’a B’Av (August 7) is a day of mourning over the destruction of Judaism’s First and Second Temples.

On Āshūrāʾ (August 8), Shi’ite Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali in 680 (CE).  However, for the Sunni, Āshūrāʾ is a time to recall Allah’s merciful presence throughout history evidenced in Noah’s safe landing in the ark as well as his guidance of the Children of Israel to the Promised Land. The Islamic schism itself dates from the aforementioned martyrdom of Ali when tribal politics erupted in violence.

For ten days beginning August 8, Zoroastrians observe the Muktad honoring the Fravashis or guardian spirits thought to influence prosperity and family well-being.

On Raksha Bandhan (August 11), Hindu women and girls tie protective talismans around their brothers’ wrists. The festival, which translates to “tying on of protection,” is also the subject of a movie premiering the same date in 2022. Trailers look promising.

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Early shrines and cave art suggest that human beings were aware of a grand mystery far beyond themselves more than 100,000 years ago. Modern investigations into early mythologies have revealed basic motifs and recurring themes. Joseph Campbell shows how these ancient myths and symbols celebrate the mysteries of life and can sustain us today.

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Joseph Campbell Book Club

“Travelers to the ancient Greek oracle at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi were greeted with these words, carved into the stone above the door: ‘Know Thyself,’ ‘Nothing in excess,’ ‘Surety brings ruin.’ Somewhere, in the space between these maxims, was the answer to their prayers. In her novel Delphi, Clare Pollard inhabits this space in form and content, and invites us to reflect on our need to know what the gods, the cosmos, or fate has in store for us. Fragments of Greek mythology and a survey of oracular devices are held up to our present-day fears and uncertainty. What fuels our longing to know the future, and how does this desire impact the present?”

Catherine Svehla, PhD
Editorial Advisory Group
Joseph Campbell Foundation

Weekly Quotation

God and Buddhas in the Orient are not final terms like Yahweh, the Trinity, or Allah, in the West—but point beyond themselves to that ineffable being, consciousness, and rapture that is the All in all of us. And in their worship, the ultimate aim is to effect in the devotee a psychological transfiguration through a shift of his plane of vision from the passing to the enduring, through which he may come finally to realize in experience (not simply as an act of faith) that he is identical with that before which he bows