The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara presents
The deepest purpose of human existence has been described by many seekers as Self-realization. This phrase has different meanings and this lecture explores two of them in depth. One of these is prominent in C. G. Jung’s depth psychology and the other in Eastern contemplative traditions, particularly Hindu contemplative traditions sourced by the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, and the more recent iterations expressed in the teachings of the great sages of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism. The aims of these respective approaches may also be described in psychological terms as individuation and in spiritual discourse as awakening. While the aims and methods of each differ, this presentation investigates how they may be integrated in a way that conjoins soul and spirit, wholeness and freedom, and Western and Eastern modes of inner work.
The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS at Pacifica Graduate Institute is host to regular gatherings that foster a deep and abiding interest in all things mythological. In the spirit of inclusivity, events are free and open to the public and feature a wide range of in-depth topics for presentation and discussion. RoundTables are led by Devon Deimler, OPUS curatorial assistant and Pacifica Graduate Institute Mythological Studies doctoral candidate. Please join us on our journeys!
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Dr. Patrick Mahaffey is a professor and associate chair of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he teaches courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, and depth psychology and the sacred. He is the author of Integrative Spirituality: Religious Pluralism, Individuation, and Awakening, the editor of Evolving God-Images, as well as essays on Hindu mythos, Buddhist mythos, and self-inquiry in Jung’s depth psychology and contemplative Hindu yoga. As a scholar-practitioner, he has practiced contemplative yoga for 45 years, participated in retreats at ashrams in India and Australia, and lectured at the Parliament of World Religions conferences held in Melbourne and Toronto.
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