La Ville au Roi

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, 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.

Current Focus

Planning the next international Buddhist Psychology Conference
No Pearl without Grit: The psychology of suffering and awakening
5-8 September 2019, Netherlands

Conference leaflet with details of conference and booking

Update 22 June - conference booking has started

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Désirée Verstraete replied to David Brazier's discussion RENKU in the group POETRY
"is it Narcissus? the mirror is not water meaby a hermit? of brass it is at the wall his image is for us all"
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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion RENKU in the group POETRY
"Mirror on the wall,who is most fool of them all?Receding image…is it me? Yes, I see now!We go on together, then."
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Désirée Verstraete replied to David Brazier's discussion RENKU in the group POETRY
"I am you are me It's Indra's net she wove threads of shining light finely intertwined mirror of infinity"
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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion RENKU in the group POETRY
"Forever unknownshe goes on with her weaving;the lace-making soulhas a thread that’s eternalwhose ends are heaven and hell."
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Désirée Verstraete replied to David Brazier's discussion RENKU in the group POETRY
"The garment was lace the storm entered my Soul is unknown"
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LIST OF DAILY TEACHINGS

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

Les articles en français

Created by David Brazier Jan 26, 2017 at 10:52pm. Last updated by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Jun 6.

Articulos en Español

Created by David Brazier Jan 24, 2017 at 6:55am. Last updated by Nati May 26.

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

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

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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ITZI Conference 2017

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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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