I’ve embarked on a brief study of mythology, starting with the work of Joseph Campbell. YouTube directed me to this very influential TV interview series titled “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth” from the late nineteen eighties, which I’ve so far found very engaging as a kind of taster session of the breadth and depth of the subject.
Maybe it would be interesting because Buddhism too is a kind of mythology. The Buddha’s enlightenment is the most well known of the enlightenment stories, but the Hindu Upanishads also reference the idea. I’ve heard it said that just to hear of the possibility of enlightenment is to put your feet on the path of the seeker.
In a way the Buddha’s enlightenment story is a classic rendition of the hero’s journey, where the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree and meditated and was tempted, and eventually returned with the gift of enlightenment to share with the world.