La Ville au Roi

The Place: La Ville au Roi is the historic name of the property set deep in the French countryside, an area of forests, rivers and villages. The term Eleusis alludes to the spiritual traditions of the classical world. The philosophy here draws upon East and West, remythologising, deepening and broadening our appreciation of the dynamic of life in tune with the natural seasons. La Ville au Roi lies in an area off the beaten track, a refuge, retreat and place of peace and replenishment. 

David Brazier , described by the philosopher Mary Midgley as "a great blessing to our age", is a teacher of practical compassion. He is a doctor of philosophy and authority on Buddhist psychology,  head of the Amida Order of Pureland Buddhism and president of the International Zen Therapy Institute. His many writings include a dozen books on Buddhism, psychology and culture. Here at La Ville au Roi he lives a spiritual life  close to nature. His root teachers have been in Japanese Zen and Pureland Buddhism, but, in addition, he has studied Thai, Tibetan, Burmese and Vietnamese forms, and also has a deep respect for the mystery paths of all religious traditions. In the past he has been involved in many community development and mental health initiatives, especially in Britain, Bosnia, and India. He teaches on programmes in Asia and the Americas as well as in Europe.

Contact: It is possible to visit by prior arrangement. One to one on-line (skype) sessions can  sometimes be arranged. For e-mail: join the site and use the messaging facility.

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La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) is a site for David Brazier and his friends, readers, colleagues, students and interested others to discuss and share news, views and information relating to work and thought on everything from dream work to politics, spirituality to cookery, existentialism to growing roses, eastern wisdom to modern relationships, and so on. It also carries news and information of the place in France where he lives.

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JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.A vous autres, hommes faibles et…See More
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LIST OF DAILY TEACHINGS

Created by David Brazier Feb 19, 2016 at 10:12am. Last updated by David Brazier Dec 3.

Articulos en Español

Created by David Brazier Jan 24, 2017 at 6:55am. Last updated by Nati Dec 3.

MY FATHER KENNETH (1922-2003)

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MY MOTHER IRENE (1922-2004)

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LIST OF BOOKS REVIEWED

Created by David Brazier Mar 6, 2017 at 2:42pm. Last updated by David Brazier Jun 4.

ROLES

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Les articles en français

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SPIRITUAL LIFE AT LA VILLE AU ROI (ELEUSIS)

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INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

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INTRODUCTION TO LA VILLE AU ROI (ELEUSIS)

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JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

A vous autres, hommes faibles et merveilleux

Qui mettez tant de grâce a vous retirer du jeu

Il faut qu'une main posée sur votre épaule

Vous pousse vers la vie, cette main tendre et légère

On a tous quelque chose en nous de Tennessee

Cette volonté de prolonger la nuit

Ce désir fou de vivre une autre vie

Ce rêve en nous avec ses mots à lui

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Cette force qui nous…

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THE RUBICON

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

i have been attending a parent and toddler group at the Steiner school in Kings Langley for a little while. I first started going there with Selena and then started taking Dorian there in September. It’s a lovely place with a different outlook and philosophy, and where I have learned about the Rubicon stage, but unfortunately the regulatory body Ofsted had rated it badly and so it had to introduce radical measures in order to stay open. 

But these changes have made things worse for…

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By sheer power of aspiration

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 4 Comments

Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant or candidate taking on the Amida precepts always appears solemn, and sincere, and as I listen to the vows and see how willing they are to aspire to live an ideal life they become even bigger with a certain amount of gravitas and I find myself shrinking and becoming less Significant. It is a wonderfully moving experience and so I always… Continue

letter to Father Christmas

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 2, 2017 at 22:36 6 Comments

Dear Father Christmas,



Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena



My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.



This Bodhi retreat she and her… Continue

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