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Contributors' Bulletins Written by Manly P. Hall
from 1961 through 1987

Usually every two months Manly P. Hall wrote a Contributors' Bulletin of two to four pages and sent it to those who were donating funds or services to his Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, California.

These Bulletins contain then current information about the PRS and its activities, plus timeless stories, philosophical observations, and humor. No titles were given to the Bulletins until 1974, but the topics are listed for all of the Bulletins before that.

Each Bulletin is in a PDF file which can be downloaded and read by clicking a month link below.

1961
  • May
    • Bible versions
    • ginkgo tree
    • Ways of the Lonely Ones
  • July
    • puppetry
    • future lectures
    • photo of main entrance
  • September
    • Library acquisitions
    • photos of figurines: India, Egypt, Tibet
  • November
    • recently donated Korean material
    • photo of patio and Library
    • gratitude for donations
1963
  • March
    • To begin printing paper-bound books
    • Library exhibits
    • Hyakumanto pagodas
    • Buddhist charms (dharani)
  • May
    • Judo and Jujitsu
    • ancient Iranian artifacts and civilization
  • July
    • creation of a book of MPH quotations
    • Chinese stone rubbings
  • October
    • Building fund events
    • Library exhibits
    • Puri painting
    • Fall Festival
  • December
    • PRS progress
    • Christmas story: "The Man Who Would Not Be God"
1964
  • February
    • Plans for MPH vacation in Japan
    • Photo of Kyoto sutsuma incense burner
    • List of recent lecture transcriptions
  • April
    • MPH presentation at meeting of Pacificulture Foundation
    • Photo of deity Kannon ofuda
    • Otsu folk art exhibit
  • June
    • Reflections on Japan
    • Burning of the mortgage: remarks and prayer
  • September
    • Friends Fund
    • Plans for new book bindings
  • October
    • Air conditioning installation completed
    • Exhibit of Buddhist art
  • December
    • A Christmas Message
    • Annotated list of rare books
1965
  • February
    • Gift shop is moved to a larger room (photos)
    • Fruits of Japan trip
  • April
    • Unusual Japanese wood carvings (photos)
    • Upcoming Library exhibits
  • June
    • Gandhara art (photos)
  • August
    • Bhutan and its stamps (photo)
    • "Sages of China" exhibit
  • September
    • New book projects
  • October
    • Honor of receiving a "red hat" in Japan
    • Gion Matsuri festival—Shinto faith (photo)
    • Contents list of MPH Collected Writings, Volumes 1-3
    • List of mimeographed lectures
  • December
    • Positive and constructive energies of Christmas
1966
  • February
    • 1966 is a "Year of the Horse"
    • Collected Writings of HPB
    • Portrait of HPB by Paul Ivanovitch
  • March
    • Book publications: progress and plans
  • June
    • Account of Hana Matsuri celebration
    • Letters from Dr. and Mrs. Bode
    • Ad for Studies in Dream Symbolism
    • List of lecture notes that are in short supply
  • October
    • Lectures, workshops, and art exhibits
    • Friends Fund appeal
  • December
    • MPH Christmas 1903 memories
    • Near death from "black pneumonia"
    • Dr. Lapp, tall family physician
    • Description of Buddhism and Psychotherapy, soon to be released
    • List of Lecture Notes on Christianity
1967
  • February
    • Coming pamphlet publications
    • Metal engraved facsimiles of Japanese postage stamps
    • Dr. Hisashi Ohta will lecture on sumi painting (Japanese ink painting)
    • Proposing to enlarge the Library
    • Presented Dr. Gardner Murphy, educator in parapsychological research
    • Zoroastrian fire ceremony to be performed
    • New lecture notes and ad for Words to the Wise
  • April
    • Auditorium lobby has been improved
    • May Library exhibit: Osaka (Japan) Woodblock Prints
    • April Library exhibit: modern Indian fabrics
    • Figure of Ugajin, serpent deity, Japan (photo)
  • August
    • Collection of surimono (Japanese woodblock prints)
    • Wood carving from Benin (Africa)—beauty and integrity (photo)
    • MPH in Japan for religious discussions and art objects
    • Ad for Healing: the Divine Art
    • Ad for Man: the Grand Symbol of the Mysteries
    • Ad for Astrological Essays
  • October
    • Exhibiting Buddhist and Shinto temple souvenirs (woodblocks)
    • Manchu Dynasty Chinese embroidery displays
    • Peking knot ("forbidden stitch")
    • New publishing projects
    • Photo of MPH autographing book
    • Evaluating Tibetan and Nepalese antiques, detecting facsimiles
  • December
    • Christian and Christmas awareness in foreign lands (photos)
    • Christmas shopping in Japan
    • Principles of gifting
    • New lectures, and lectures on mysticism
1968
  • February
    • Highlights of 1967 trip to Japan
    • Latest building project (photo)
  • April
    • Old wooden Japanese dagger (photo)
    • Japanese antique coins (photo)
    • Library exhibits
    • Workshops directed by Dr. Drake
    • New construction at Headquarters (photo)
    • Summary of MPH book Twelve World Teachers
  • June
    • Received Chinese embroideries
    • Recital of ancient Japanese music
    • Old Ivory Netsuke of the Komuso (photo)
    • Discussion of Japanese music
    • Discussion of the abacus (historical and present)
    • New space for Library and Art collection, reorganizing
    • Summary of MPH Collected writings, Vol. II
  • August
    • Results of new Library construction project (photo)
    • New entrance on Los Feliz Boulevard (photo).
    • Important used books for sale
  • October
    • Library Exhibit of Oriental Fabrics (photo)
    • November Library Exhibit: life of Buddhist Teacher St. Honen
    • December Library Exhibit: examples of Christian religious art
  • December
    • Santa Claus
    • Bodhisattvas
    • St. Nicholas of Myra
    • Hoben: giving form to abstract truths
    • Deer as Christian and Buddhist symbol of gentleness and patience
1969
  • February
    • 1969 is "Year of the Rooster": symbology
    • Dawn of a brighter day for Orientals
    • Artistic metal reproductions of Japanese postage stamps
    • Classical coinage
    • List of used books for sale: important and scholarly
  • April
    • Religious postage stamps of the world
    • Greeting cards
    • Surimono - The Hand of Buddha (drawing)
    • Publications of philosophical idealism
    • First Principles of Philosophy
    • Publications by and about Thomas Taylor
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • June
    • The Scrolls of Sonoyosho: acquired a set of 10 (photo)
    • Masonic Collar: gift to the Library (photo)
    • Rosicrucian symbolism: the pelican and other birds
    • Rosicrucians: Rose of Sharon
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • August
    • Recent trip to Japan
    • Mt. Koya, or Koyasan
    • Plateau on top of mountain: center depression has many temples
    • Koyasan: Necropolis (City of the Dead)
    • No hotels at Koyasan, but 50 temples provide lodging
    • Adventures in Understanding is now available
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • October
    • Origami (paper folding) (photo)
    • General Albert Pike, Freemason and scholar
    • Helene Fairbanks special exhibit
    • Stanley S. Slotkin distributing leaves from various Bibles
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • December
    • MPH learning about Santa Claus from Grandmother
    • Photo of MPH as a boy
    • Reflections on the meaning of Santa Claus and the Christmas season
    • Sawed stones present beautiful colors (photo)
    • Would make splendid meditation mandalas
    • Gratitude to everyone
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
1970
  • February
    • Memories of visit to India
    • Kailasanath Temple and its construction
    • Neo-Pythagoreanism
    • Drawn representation of Pythagoras
    • Appreciation for Christmas sentiments and gifts
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • April
    • Bible story of the widow's mite
    • Two examples of probable mite coin (photo)
    • Refugees from Tibet find sanctuary in Nepal
    • Woodblock prints brought out of Tibet (photo of Wind Horse)
    • White horse of Buddha (Wind Horse)
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • June: Manly P. Hall's Golden Jubilee
    • 50th Anniversary of Mr. Hall's public career
    • Story of Mr. Hall's life and career
    • Photos of Mr. Hall at 22 years old and at 23
    • Story signed by Dr. Henry L. Drake of PRS
  • August
    • Chinese medicine
    • Preservation of perfect equilibrium of Yin and Yang
    • Largely preventive therapy
    • Diagnosis by means of pulse and eye
    • Diagram of head
    • Eastern versus Western medicine
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • October
    • Details of June and July trip to Western Europe
    • Received plaque from LA Mayer Yorty recognizing Mr. Hall's 50 years of service (photo)
    • Received several important donations of books
    • Fall 1970 PRS Journal contains 40-page supplement on Koyasan
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • December
    • Information about Liechtenstein
    • Castle of Vaduz (photo)
    • Rapidly improving of public attitude toward animals
    • Reflections on Christmas: cards and current trends in gifts
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
1971
  • February
    • English booksellers: Marks & Co., Maggs Bros., John Watkins
    • Humorous incident in buying books from an unnamed bookseller
    • Changing fashions and artifacts of ancient times
    • Offering for sale full color reproductions of Buddhist meditation pictures
  • June
    • Improving storage and display of books and manuscripts
    • Timekeeping devices through the ages
    • Astronomical Observatory at Jaipur (photo)
    • Old Japanese incense clock (photo)
  • August
    • Recent improvements installed in the Library (photos)
    • Visit to Japan: extended descriptions
    • Shi-Tenno-ji sanctuary (photo)
    • Scenic boat trip through Inland Sea of Japan
    • Hiroshima completely rebuilt—description of interesting features
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • October
    • Island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Bay—Itsukushima sanctuary (photo)
    • Great Torii structure (photo)
    • Albrecht Durer 500th anniversary, bio of Durer
    • Durer medal (photo)
    • Addition to library: Tibetan Painted Scrolls by Giuseppe Tucci
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • December: Reminiscences of the "good old days"
    • Photo of MPH as a young boy and Grandmother
    • Favorite books as a child
    • Stereoptic picture viewers
    • Edison talking machine with wooden horn
    • Upright piano that Grandmother played
    • The local druggist
    • Christmas activities
    • Existence of Santa Claus
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
1972
  • February
    • Señora Carenza "burn stroking" with verse, for healing burns
    • Japanese Beckoning Cat (photo)
    • Cat lore in Japan
    • Exhibition: "The Arts and Culture of Tibet"
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • April
    • Elaborate ritual dance of New Mexican Indians at village of Oraibe
    • Shrine containing an image of the Japanese folk deity of wealth, Daikokusen, or Mr. Daikoku (photo)
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • June
    • Various toy savings bank designs (photo)
    • Pottery of Formosa stamp similar to pottery of eastern Mediterranean (photo)
    • "Dynamic Symmetry" in historical pottery
    • Individual invention has come to dominate the art of pottery
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • August
    • The rules and monetary advantages of having a career on Wall Street
    • Chinese and Japanese rubbings from three-dimensional surfaces
    • Rubbing taken from huge bronze lantern
    • Lanterns represent the light of the doctrine
    • Nara lantern of Bodhisattva design (photo)
    • Notes on seminar From Death to Rebirth now available
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • October
    • Standing figure of a Siamese girl, actually a Walking Buddha (photo)
    • Impressions of Buddha's feet
    • Podoscopy: character analysis by reading the lines on the foot
    • Diagnosis and treatment of disease by pressure points on the feet
    • November exhibit: Eastern folk arts and crafts
    • Picturesque Chinese protective charms
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • December
    • Grandmother (photo) traveled to Germany and Austria with her two daughters
    • Meaningful Christmas customs in Europe
    • Antique gourd as a container (photo)
    • Requests coming in for lectures on cassette tapes—may create some
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
1973
  • February
    • Japanese "komuso" doll (two photos)
    • Komuso wore helmet-like hat so as not to be recognized, was given alms
    • Komuso played flute, could function as spies
    • History of St. Valentine's Day
    • Theoretical Arithmetic of the Pythagoreans
    • The Occult Anatomy of Man
    • Life Planning
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • April
    • Grandmother's health hints
    • Grandmother's beauty hints
    • Photo of Grandmother
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • June
    • Professor Masaharu Anesaki's book: Buddhist Art ín Its Relation to Buddhist Ideas
    • Extended interpretation of his philosophy of art
    • Dedicated his book to St. Francis
    • Horizon ornament
    • Photo of "Detail from a Soapstone Carving of the Region of the Blessed"
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • August
    • Ancient and modern Tibetan sacred art
    • Traditional appearance of Padmasambhava (photo)
    • Wood-block print shows the temptation of Gautama Buddha
    • Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel in Japan, now replaced by a skyscraper
    • Met "Mr. Nakamura" in Kyoto, meticulous art dealer, subject of many MPH "Unworthy One" stories in his Journals
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • October
    • Ofuda are temple souvenirs Japanese receive from the sacred places they visit.
    • Pilgrim's jacket on which temple seals are stamped (photo)
    • Medieval European pilgrims wore charms attached to garments
    • Two applique pictures with kakemono background (photos)
    • Highlights of trip to India
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • December
    • Remembering Grandmother and her Christmas customs (photo of Grandmother)
    • Little Red Riding Hood house at Oberammergau (photo)
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
1974
  • February
    • Great Buddhist structures in Nara, Japan
    • Horyuji Temple (photo)
    • Horyuji murals and other Japanese art was depreciated (1868-1912)
    • Murals were destroyed by a fire in 1949
    • Symbolical figure of the Great Illuminator (photo)
    • Friends Fund Report, Spring 1974
  • April
    • Grandmother: examples of her habits, attitudes, and dignity
    • Old-fashioned stereoscope (photo)
    • Long vertical scroll from India containing horoscopes and symbols (photo)
    • List of important and scholarly used books for sale
  • June: The Stairway to Heaven
  • August: The Journey to the Afterlife
  • October: The Story of Everyone
  • December: The Blessings of Christmas
1975
  • February: The Year of the Rabbit
  • April: The Keys of Solomon the King
  • June: Some Speculations of Leo Frobenius
  • August: The Mystery of Jan Eyre
  • October: Of Music, Ancient and Modern
  • December: Day of Dedication
1976
  • February: The Science of Imagination
  • April: The Anatomy of Melancholy
  • June: The Universal Game of Chess
  • August: The Caduceus of Hermes
  • October: The Code of Ieysau
  • December: Forever to Live
1977
  • February: Faith Versus Fear
  • April: The Esoteric Schools
  • June: Upstairs - Downstairs
  • August: Mental and Emotional Security
  • October: The Oracles of Antiquity
  • December: Porphyry and Neoplatonism
1978
  • February: The Beginnings of Learning
  • March: The Calling of the Carpenter
  • June: Elsewhere!
  • August: Travel and Soul Growth
  • October: The Will To Believe
1979 1980
  • February: New Mexican Odyssey
  • April: Some Memories, etc.
  • June: Memories of Hasteen Klah
  • August: Nostalgia in the Supermarket
  • October: Religious Principles
  • December: Grandmother's Grand Tour
1981 1982
  • February: The Challenge of Change
  • April: The Best Use of Spare Time
  • June: On a Free Will Offering Basis
  • August: Grandmother Had Certain Objections
  • October: Grandmother's Philosophy of Life
  • December: A Christmas Message
1983
  • February: Grandmother Had Certain Fixed Opinions
  • April: Some Thoughts about Retirement
  • June: A Little Light on the Subject of Experience
  • August: Diet and Disposition
  • October: A Special Function of the PRS
  • December: Nostalgia
1984
  • February: The Year of the Rat
  • April: Eastern Art Comes to the West
  • June: What Is a Carrot?
  • August: The Olympic Games
  • October: Employment as Discipline
  • December: How Progressive Is Progress?
1985 1986
  • February: The Year of the Fire-Flame Tiger
  • April: Oral Tradition and the Printed Word
  • June: Of Fables and Parables
  • October: Some Cause for Concern
  • December: The Watery Triplicity
1987
  • February: The Earth Signs
  • July: The Secret Destiny of America


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