Common Territory Different Maps: The Archetypal Underpinnings of Religious Practice

14 hours 47 minutes



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Topics: Archetypes, Religion and Spirituality.

Common Territory Different Maps: The Archetypal Underpinnings of Religious Practice

Jung described the world religions as the “great therapeutic systems” developed by humankind to mediate and contain the profound experience of encounter with the numinous. Jung believed that every religious tradition finds its roots in the archetypal realm, wherein lies the diversity of patterns that give expression to the “religious instinct” which evolves into religious practice.

This set, led by Jungian analysts who teach from their own religious orientations, explores the evolution and meaning of the tenets of a variety of world religions. Through careful consideration of various central themes common to religious experience (for example, methods of practice, the role of authority, gender roles, attitude toward the material world), this course offers the listener an insightful viewing of the ways in which the religious impulse has taken form and shaped culture and individuals alike.

This set includes the following lectures (click on the individual lectures to listen to samples):

  1. Hinduism, Arwind Vasavada
  2. Zen Buddhism, Diane Martin
  3. Jewish Mysticism, Jane Brown
  4. Christian Communal Life, Olga Wittekind
  5. Pathways to the Soul/Exercises of the Spirit, Thomas Patrick Lavin

© 1994 The Respective Speakers.
Ⓟ 1994 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.

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11 MP3s in 1 ZIP File: 300MB


Brown, Jane

Lavin, Tom

Thomas Patrick Lavin, PhD was a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst who held a PhD in clinical psychology and a PhD in theology. He was formerly chief clinical psychologist for the U.S. Army in Europe and was a founding member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He consulted internationally on typology, spirituality and addictions.

Martin, Diane

Diane Martin, PhD is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Milwaukee and Evanston. She has studied Buddhism in general, and Zen in particular, for twenty-five years. She facilitates meditation groups in Evanston and Milwaukee.  

Vasavada, Arwind

Arwind U. Vasavada (1912-1998) was born and raised in India. In the 1950’s, he traveled to Zurich to study at the Jung Institute and to work in analysis with C.G. Jung. Although he had only a few sessions with Jung, he considered him his guru, a title which Jung himself did not accept in the Indian sense but gave Vasavada nevertheless some important “transmissions,” to put it in the terminology of Hindu tradition. After finishing his training in Zurich, Vasavada returned to India to open an analytic practice. June Singer visited him in India in the early 1970’s and invited him to come to Chicago, an invitation that he gladly accepted. Vasavada lived and worked as a Jungian analyst in Chicago through the 1970’s and 1980’s, and he was a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. He had a strong and dedicated following of students in Chicago until he retired in the early 1990’s and moved to his son’s home in the state of Washington. After that he visited Chicago intermittently until his death (in India) in 1998.

Wittekind, Olga

S. Olga Wittekind, OSF, PhD Dr. Wittekind is a Franciscan Sister from Oldenburg, Indiana. She has taught clinical psychology for 28 years at Marian College, Indianapolis, IN.  Olga loved working with students and helping them with their research projects.  In 2000 she joined the administrative team for the Sisters of St. Francis at their Motherhouse in Oldenburg, IN.  After filling her term in this position (2000-2006), Olga had a sabbatical in Italy.  She loved the Italian scenery, history and wine!  From January to May 2007, she was in New Orleans offering counseling, workshops and retreats to those who needed a word of hope.  It was a very challenging time for her but very graced.  She returned to Indiana in May 2007.  Currently, Olga is doing Jungian analysis, psychotherapy, spiritual direction, retreat work and giving workshops on all things Jungian, and Spirituality and Psychology. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (1993) JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzlerland (1986-87) PH.D. IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: St. Louis University. (1975) Professional Organizations C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago American Psychological Association Age Groups Adults Adolescents/Teens Children Treatment Types Individuals Couples Specialty AReas Typology Testing Diagnostic Testing Contact [email protected] 812.212.0371 Main Office P.O. Box 100 Oldenburg, IN 47036  



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