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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Though the thirty lectures that comprise the bulk of Series I were previously released on cassette and CD, we are working with Roomful of Sky Records to digitize and remaster these classic recordings, optimizing them for today's higher quality consumer audio equipment.

At the same time we are preparing for the staggered release of Series II & Series III, featuring previously unavailable recordings of sixty additional lectures! Though the Collected Lectures are designed so that offerings fit within the context of a themed volume, each selection is able to stand alone.

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Lecture II.1.2 -
Mythology East and West
by Joseph Campbell
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Lecture Description

"'Tat Tvam Asi'. You are it. That mystery which you seek to know, which you look for outside, which you project into personifications such as Yahweh, is your own very being, and looking for it out there you are losing it because you are committing yourself to a notion of relationship, of dualities, of entities which absolutely obscures the mystery." -- Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell explores the ways in which Eastern and Western thought overlap, and the ways in which they diverge.

Track Listing
1. The Four Centers of High Culture
2. The Oriental Universe: Impersonal and Transcendent
3. "Thou Art That": Mythic Identification in the East
4. "I Am That": the Prime Heresy in the West
5. The West: Relationship to the Divine through Holy Society
6. Job and Prometheus: Loyalty to God or to Man?
7. The Split Being: an Indian Inflection
8. The Split Being: a Judeo-Christian Inflection
9. The Split Being: a Greek Inflection
10. The Imagery of Paradise, East and West
11. The Still Point: Cross and Tree
12. Through the Gate: Western Atonement, Eastern Illumination
13. Mythic Dissociation and Western Alienation
14. Moving in the World of Illusion
Lecture Details
  • Date: August, 1969
  • Venue: The Esalen Institute
  • Location: Big Sur, CA
  • Archive Number: L280
Previous Release History
  • Previously Issued as part of: World Mythology and the Individual Adventure
  • Publisher: Big Sur Recordings
  • Recorded by: Paul Herbert
  • Release Date: 1973

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