Francis is more than simply a Jerusalem street name. The Franciscans with their brown robes blend into the white, yellow, or tawny colored Jerusalem stone. As the Franciscans of the Holy Land come from 45 different nations, they themselves exhibit the varied skin color of places all around the globe. The Franciscans are markers of … Continue reading 18. Franciscans as Custodians of the Holy Land
Jews of modern Jerusalem are varied. These varied Jews have created a “sacred geography” of Jerusalem. As a traveler, I only see and understand a fraction of their life. Here are some of my impressions of this Jewish geography with its memories and hopes. I have to begin with the Western Wall. One Israeli … Continue reading 17. Modern Jewish Old City Jerusalems
I awake early as usual. Rather than walking before breakfast, I wait and walk after breakfast. Since I am leaving Delhi’s Aerocity Holiday Inn for my flight to Tel Aviv later this afternoon, I decide that I might as well replace my empty roll-on deodorant. In this compact, highly developed area a mile or two … Continue reading 16. Excuse Me Sir, Do You Know Where I May Find Deodorant?
I gaze at the Wheel of Life mandala, the Bhavacakra, over and over again in Ladakh. Here it is at Hemis; here it is at Thiksey; here it is at Lamayura; here it is at Alchi. Like a Greek Orthodox Church with required placement of specific Biblical figures on the iconostasis, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery … Continue reading 15. Everywhere a Wheel of Life Mandala