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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Nati replied to David Brazier's discussion THE HYPNOTIC SELF in the group BUDDHISM
"I think that I should reread this marvelous article everyday, every morning...my hypnotic trance is very strong. In that way, I could spend the day laughing. Namo Amida Bu"
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Óscar Martínez is now friends with Jaume Pucahdes and Yvette Peters
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Vajrapala Lut Moerman added 3 discussions to the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
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Trikaya

Vraag: Als student van Vow 22 (het Amida School trainingsprogramma) ​​heb ik de opdracht gekregen om naar de Trikaya te kijken en enkele opmerkingen te maken. Ik onderzoek het antwoord maar vind veel verschillende versies.Zou je me je interpretatie…See More
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Désirée Verstraete liked David Brazier's event FROM MINDFULNESS BACK TO HEARTFULNESS
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Artikelen in het nederlands

Created by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Mar 23, 2018 at 6:49pm. Last updated by Vajrapala Lut Moerman on Tuesday.

Les articles en français

Created by David Brazier Jan 26, 2017 at 10:52pm. Last updated by Vajrapala Lut Moerman on Monday.

LIST OF DAILY TEACHINGS

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

Articulos en Español

Created by David Brazier Jan 24, 2017 at 6:55am. Last updated by Nati Feb 11.

Articoli in Italiano

Created by David Brazier Mar 23, 2018 at 8:29pm. Last updated by David Brazier Apr 3, 2018.

INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

Created by David Brazier Nov 9, 2015 at 1:26pm. Last updated by David Brazier Mar 22, 2018.

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Created by David Brazier Mar 22, 2018 at 12:03pm. Last updated by David Brazier Mar 22, 2018.

ROLES

Created by David Brazier Jul 20, 2016 at 2:48pm. Last updated by David Brazier Mar 22, 2018.

HELLO

Created by David Brazier Mar 22, 2018 at 10:30am. Last updated by David Brazier Mar 22, 2018.

MY FATHER KENNETH (1922-2003)

Created by David Brazier Nov 28, 2017 at 11:40am. Last updated by David Brazier Nov 28, 2017.

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END OF SUMMER: Looking forward

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GROUP

Posted by David Brazier on January 11, 2019 at 9:43 3 Comments

I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…

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Sense on Brexit

Posted by Geeta Chari on December 16, 2018 at 18:51 0 Comments

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2018/12/13/full-speech-sir-ivan-rogers-on-brexit/

I found this piece tremendously sensible, well-reasoned, and above all, realistic.

LONG JOURNEY

Posted by David Brazier on December 14, 2018 at 18:52 6 Comments

Carol drove me into Ottawa at midday on Wednesday 12th. I had spent the morning being interviewed and making a short film. In Ottawa we had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and then went on to the airport where she dropped me off. I was to take a local plane to Montreal then fly to Paris and on to Bilbao in Spain with Air France, due to arrive at nine in the morning local time the following day. F would meet me in Spain and take me back to stay with him in a village near Vittoria.…

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MY REAL LIFE

Posted by David Brazier on December 8, 2018 at 15:00 4 Comments

I'd like to try to say something about real life, which is the only thing that is really interesting.

I have been a bookworm ever since I learnt to read, which was not until I was seven years old. By that time I had already had important spiritual experiences. I was a rather odd child. Many ideas went through my head that tended to set me apart from other children.

Now,…

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