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Rocking New Year’s Eve

by Mark C.E. Peterson

Welcome to another New Year, still in its childhood—a toddler beginning its adventure. Popular culture routinely portrays the New Year this way, as a Child watched over by a kindly and fatherly Old Year,...

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The Honen Shonin Memorial on January 25, 2022 reminds us that the founder of the Pure Land teaching was loved and despised for the same reason: He made salvation simple. Only repeat the name of Amitabha with all your heart, he taught, and rebirth in the pure land is assured.

January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, was designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations in 2005.

The Mahayana New Year begins, in some Buddhist countries, January 28.  Some traditions wait for the first full moon of January.

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Joseph Campbell--Myth As the Mirror for the Ego

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“The folk tale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.” — Joseph Campbell

Originally written as the foreword to The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (released in 1944), this fascinating essay explores the basis and the structure and types of fairytale collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early nineteenth century. In this early work, he lays out the distinction between a myth, a tale, and a fable, setting up a framework that he would elaborate on throughout his career.

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Joseph Campbell Book Club

Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber breathed steamy new life into traditional fairy tales. Here, you’ll find no mere nursery stories. This now-classic collection delves past the surface of familiar plots, fleshing out their latent horrors as well as their beauties. Myth, folklore, and Gothic fiction all intertwine in the weave of Carter’s sumptuous language and her unflinching gaze. Frightening, animalian, macabre, and baroque, The Bloody Chamber will change the way you read fairy tales forever.

Joanna Gardner, PhD
Editorial Advisory Group,
Joseph Campbell Foundation

Weekly Quotation

The hero-deed is a continuous shattering of the crystallization of the moment. The cycle rolls: mythology focuses on the growing-point.