In 2009 till 2011 we had a grave in the garden of the University Chaplaincy. You could lay in it to reflect on your life and to reflect on what is really important to you. A modern form of memento mori, which means that you are aware that you are mortal.It is also an invitation to listen to yourself. In busy times people are always active, taking no time to reflect on their life and goals. So it's an invitation along the lines of: make something out of your life. Information about the project from 2009 to 2011 can be found here.
Since the theme of mortality and thinking about your life remains a current topic, we have dug another grave in the garden where you can lie down. You can deside for yourself how long you want to do this for. Telephones and books in the grave are prohibited. You can also see it as a special place of meditation: below you the earth, above you the sky. You will then automatically notice what is going through your mind. Are you willing to take on that challenge? If you do not want to lie in the grave, you can also sit on the bench near the grave. The idea behind the grave in 2019 is described here.
You can store your phone and personal items in the lockers at the University Chaplaincy. You lie on a mat and on a pillow. Register if you want to spend some time in the grave. Talking about your experience afterwards is possible. Let us know about this.
The grave is open during office hours of the University Church. Send us a mail with date and time if you want to meditate in the grave. We give you pillows and a mat.
Time: Monday-Thursday from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs, and on Friday only till 15.00 hrs.
At the moment there is no waiting list
The video below explains what is the purpose of the Purification grave.
Purification grave in the media
The purification grave has received quite a bit of media attention lately. Are you interested in seeing and reading more about this project and about the experiences of other people? Then view the video's and articles via the links below:
Vice.com by Sophie Hurwitz 24 oktober 2019: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xwbdb/radboud-university-dug-a-purification-grave-for-students
Ruptly.tv 4 november 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqZwxkyam6g en Video on Demand: https://ruptly.tv/videos/20191104-036
La Republica: https://video.repubblica.it/socialnews/paesi-bassi-una-fossa-per-meditare-l-iniziativa-dell-universita-contro-le-ansie-degli-studenti/347393/347977
NOS op 3 13 oktober 2019: https://nos.nl/l/2305907?socialKey=m
NPO 2 radio (EO): Thanks God it is Sunday 20 okt 2019 20.30 uur https://www.nporadio2.nl/gemist/uitzending/262421/20-10-2019
There is another self-made film of our grave on YouTube.
Wir sprechen von unsrem Herzen, unsern Planen, als wären sie unser, und es ist doch eine fremde Gewalt, die uns herumwirft und ins Grab legt, wie es ihr gefällt, und von der wir nicht wissen, von wannen sie kommt, noch wohin sie geht.
Hölderlin, Hyperion, (Cap 10)