This is the first of two courses which will explore the work of Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), the famed Folklorist and Mythologist. His 1988 PBS documentary Power of Myth with Bill Moyers is still "one of the most popular series in the history of American public television". Our first course will focus on the purpose of myth; the second on the power of myth. This helps us better appreciate the Buddhist canon which often contains content which is non-literal, mythic, and metaphoric in nature. Joseph Campbell has also been an influence on pop culture, including both George Lucas’ original Star Wars films and the entire franchise itself.

Your Instructor

Rev. Jon Turner


Lead Minister for Everyday Buddhist. Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. High School athlete, UCLA mathematician, and computer programmer, who found Buddhism mid-career and changed the course of his life. Earned a Master’s degree from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and was ordained as a full-time Shin Buddhist Minister at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan.