La Ville au Roi

The Network: La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) has become a network of people interested in the connections between personal experience, Buddhism, psychology and life in the contemporary world. 

The Place: La Ville au Roi is the historic name of David's hermitage, deep in the French countryside in 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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La culpabilité

Question: Quelle est la bonne attitude à adopter envers les sentiments de culpabilité?Réponse courte: S’en vouloir pour ce que l’on est ne mène à rien et c’est gaspiller sa vie.Réponse plus longue: Nous devons d'abord faire une distinction entre les…See More
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Vajrapala Lut Moerman liked David Brazier's discussion IS IT SELFISH TO GO TO THE PURE LAND?
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Les quatre modes de la foi

Il suffit de vivre une vie simple fondée sur la foi, mais ne passez pas à côté des ouvertures, si elles apparaissent. Nous sommes tous plus libres que nous ne le croyons. Il existe quatre modes différents de foi, nous permettant de franchir la porte…See More
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FAITH IN THE DOLLAR

Much of the world's trade is conducted in dollars. This fact is broadly connected with the idea that the USA is not a nation like other nations, but is somehow above the fray. It acts as world policeman and world banker. This is basically a result…See More
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UNAS POCAS REFLEXIONES SOBRE EL ESTAR AQUÍ Y AHORA

Publicado por David Brazier el 23 de marzo de 2018  en Discusiones Budistas Actualmente, la idea de "estar en el aquí y ahora" está de moda. y considero que es un asunto verdaderamente interesante sobre el que reflexionar. Aquí y ahora estoy sentado…See More
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David Brazier commented on Dayamay Dunsby's blog post Nembutsu Question
"Nembutsu is "please" and nembutsu is "thank you". Today nembutsu may be joy, tomorrow it may be contrition, the day after it may be hope, wonder, despair, freedom...."
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FOUR MODES OF FAITH

It is enough to live a simple life of faith, but don’t miss the openings when they come. We are all more free than we think. There are different modes of faith that enable one to pass the gateless gate.Shinjin: This primarily refers to the times…See More
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Nembutsu Question

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land..."...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection…See More
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Satya Robyn replied to David Brazier's discussion CREDIT & MERIT in the group WAR & PEACE
"Thank you - this is very helpful. I appreciate your offering! Namo Amida Bu."
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Les articles en français

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LIST OF DAILY TEACHINGS

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Artikelen in het nederlands

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Articoli in Italiano

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INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

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SPIRITUAL LIFE

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ROLES

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HELLO

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Articulos en Español

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MY FATHER KENNETH (1922-2003)

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Nembutsu Question

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2018 at 8:22 1 Comment

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...

"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as…

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Shinran and Ippen

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 16, 2018 at 8:00 0 Comments

On Saturday evening our regular study group met on Skype where we looked at and discussed material from "No Abode", a beautiful book about the life of Ippen, ancient Japanese Purland master and "The Essential Shinran" which documents the life of Shinran Shonin, one of Honen's most famous disciples. We had a very stimulating discussion which I enjoyed greatly. We will be meeting again on Saturday 19th May at 9pm British time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join us.…

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Buddhism Day

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on March 28, 2018 at 15:46 1 Comment

I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida…

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REMEMBERING SAIKO SENSEI

Posted by David Brazier on March 19, 2018 at 21:43 1 Comment

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Gisho Saiko. Sensei Saiko was the founder of Shinshu Counselling. He wrote a number of books and presented his ideas at international conferences as well as through his university and Buddhist organisations in Japan. He referred to my work in his books and when I visited Japan a few months before his death, he took on to invite me to a number of gatherings and hosted my wife and I in royal fashion. He was enthusiastic that I should play a…

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