La Ville au Roi

La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) is a site for David Brazier, (Buddhist name Dharmavidya), and his friends, readers, colleagues, students and interested others to discuss and share news, views and information relating to work and thought on the secrets of the spiritual life - 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.

The true secret of Eleusis is .. this very experience, this moment when one plunges into the completely other, this discovery of an unknown dimension of existence" ~ Pierre Hadot

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

The Place: La Ville au Roi is the historic name of Dharmavidya's hermitage, deep in the French countryside in an area of forests, rivers and villages. The buildings and facilities are relatively primitive. 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 is a living Buddhist master who has been described as ‘a great blessing for our age’ by philosopher Mary Midgley and as a ‘second Honen Shonin’ by Sensei Adachi senior. A spiritual child prodigy, he went on to study all the major branches of Buddhism and is extensively accomplished in its many methods. 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 and his often unconventional views challenge the seeker to look deeper. Here at La Ville au Roi he lives a simple, spiritual life in semi-retreat, close to nature, writes, and responds to disciples and enquirers. His root teachers have been in Japanese Zen and Pureland Buddhism. He has also studied Thai, Tibetan, Burmese and Vietnamese forms, and he has a deep respect for the mystery paths of all religious traditions. In the past he has been involved in many community development, mental health and educational initiatives, especially in Britain, Bosnia, and India and has been in a number of the world’s crisis spots. He teaches on programmes in Asia and the Americas as well as in Europe and on-line.

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

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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite in the group HELLENICA & ANCIENT WISDOM
"The ancients called upon the gods to help them in their struggles. None of us feels completely in control of our own passions, desires, fears, dreams or appetites. These things come upon us and cast us into battles either with ourselves or with…"
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Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite

Translation, notes and metrical explanation copyright 1997 Elizabeth Vandiver; all rights reserved.Iridescent-throned Aphrodite, deathless Child of Zeus, wile-weaver, I now implore you, Don't--I beg you, Lady--with pains and torments Crush down…See More
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TAO TE CHING 32: Know when to stop

TEXT道常无名,朴。虽小,天下莫能臣。候王若能守之,万物将自宾。天地相合,以降甘露,民莫之令而自均。始制有名,名亦既有,夫亦将知止,知止可以不殆。譬道之在天下,犹川谷之于江海TRANSLATIONThe constant Tao has no name; it just is.Although unassuming, there is none in the land under Heaven who can subject it.When leaders regard it, all…See More
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Dayamay Dunsby liked David Brazier's discussion KARMA, PART ONE (of 6): IT IS NOT SIMPLE
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KARMA, PART ONE (of 6): IT IS NOT SIMPLE

A DIFFERENT PARADIGMIn Western philosophy we have been much concerned with ideas of free will and determinism, guilt and responsibility. rights and laws, and these debates have taken place against the background of religions dominated by the idea of…See More
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Zero Limits

   I have recently been made aware of a practice known as Ho’ponopono. Ho’ponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice, based on universal forgiveness, that was rediscovered and popularised in the 80s. A man called Joe Vitale(Hawaiian I think) …See More
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Facultés secondaires

Question : D'après ma compréhension de la Terre Pure, nous sommes tous des bombu et nous utilisons donc le nembutsu, car il est facile à comprendre pour nous. Pratiquer davantage (par la méditation ou l'utilisation d'autres moyens intellectuels)…See More
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Dayamay Dunsby commented on David Brazier's group POETRY
"The darkness subsides. And the moon remains. A luminous shadow. Namo Amida Bu"
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David Brazier commented on David Brazier's group POETRY
"Tao, you old Yin and Yang,what have you made for dinner?The wind is in the north today,the full moon’s a winner,but it takes no morethan a field of clayto break the back of a sinner."
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Dayamay Dunsby commented on David Brazier's group POETRY
"The Moon glows pink in the morning mist. Out of reach. Night lifts. Dream persists. Namo Amida Bu."
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Johnathan Robertson liked David Brazier's discussion A RELIGIOUS PERSON
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LIST OF DAILY TEACHINGS

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Artikelen in het nederlands

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HELLO

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SPIRITUAL LIFE

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Articulos en Español

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Articoli in Italiano

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INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

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MY FATHER KENNETH (1922-2003)

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MY MOTHER IRENE (1922-2004)

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Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2019 at 14:13 0 Comments

 

 

 

I have recently been made aware of a practice known as Ho’ponopono. Ho’ponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice, based on universal forgiveness, that was rediscovered and popularised in the 80s. A man called Joe Vitale(Hawaiian I think)  became enchanted by the practice after his daughter was healed from an…

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Obstructions

Posted by Susthama Kim on April 16, 2019 at 21:30 0 Comments

My children, Floor and I have been at Eleusis for a week visiting Dharmavidya. He had had another attack of new embolisms in his lungs a few weeks ago, and had gone to see a specialist at the hospital who then kept him in the hospital for just under a week and was back home the day before we arrived.

When we arrived, he told us of another serious blockage problem. He lives in the countryside, quite remote, and is on…

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SUCCESSFUL FIRST ELEUSIS SEMINAR

Posted by David Brazier on March 15, 2019 at 16:59 2 Comments

We have just had our first Eleusis Seminar on the theme of the Philosophy of Taoism.

Sixteen people took part and from immediate feedback it seems to have been a great success.

We shall do more.

There is a second meeting of a more open kind this evening.

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