Joseph Campbell Foundation - The Collected Lectures

From the Star Wars trilogy to the Grateful Dead, Joseph Campbell has had a profound impact on our culture, our beliefs, and the way we view ourselves and the world.

Provocative and exhilarating, the approx. 90 titles that will ultimately comprise The Collected Lectures of Joseph Campbell offer a glimpse into one of the great minds of our time, drawing together his most wide-ranging and insightful talks.

Always at his best as an impromptu speaker, Campbell shines in these recordings, both as a scholar and as a master storyteller.  

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Lecture I.1.2 -
The Individual in Oriental Mythology
by Joseph Campbell
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Lecture Description

"This is a continuing theme throughout the Orient: you are not this body, this ego. You are to think of this as merely something put on to be thrown away again." -- Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell illuminates the difference between Western mythologies, where the individual personality is an entity that survives as a distinct and definable self even in the afterworld, and Oriental mythologies, where there is no enduring personality, but rather a "reincarnating monad," an entity that puts on and takes off a series of bodies as if they were clothes.

Track Listing
1. The Three Orients
2. Individual Identity in the Occident and Orient
3. Are You Your Body?
4. Eons Come and Go: the Round of Existence
5. Living in Accord with the Cosmic Order
6. Ego and Id in the Orient and Occident
7. God in the Levantine Orient
8. Europe and the Near East: a Summation
9. The Humbling of Indra
10. Letting Go: the Fierce Yoga of Jainism
11. Living in the World: the Psychological Shift of Buddhism
12. Renounce the World or Roll with It
13. Zen: a Samurai Story
Lecture Details
  • Date: February 20, 1961
  • Venue: The Cooper Union
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Archive Number: L43
Previous Release History
  • Previously Issued as part of: The Joseph Campbell Audio Collection, Vol. 1
  • Publisher: HighBridge Audio
  • Editor: Mark Watts
  • Release Date: 1996 (cassette); 2002 (CD)

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