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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Vajrapala Lut Moerman added a discussion to the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
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Rituel et Message

Rituel et MessageQuestion : Un membre de la sangha m’a demandé récemment : » Si les enseignements…See More
Feb 18
Vajrapala Lut Moerman liked David Brazier's discussion UNE FOI AU-DELA DU DESESPOIR
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David Brazier added a discussion to the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
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Les Bouddhas existent

Question : "Le bouddhisme est la croyance que des êtres deviennent éclairés, les arhats et les…See More
Feb 12
Vajrapala Lut Moerman liked David Brazier's discussion ALCHEMY OF LOVE
Feb 11
Vajrapala Lut Moerman liked David Brazier's discussion Le Miracle Spinoza
Feb 7
Julia H.Reyna replied to David Brazier's discussion UNE FOI AU-DELA DU DESESPOIR in the group BUDDHISM
"Mi encuentro con Tierra Pura es la experiencia de la alegría profunda… Perdida, no…"
Feb 6
Julia H.Reyna liked David Brazier's discussion UNE FOI AU-DELA DU DESESPOIR
Feb 6
Vajrapala Lut Moerman replied to David Brazier's discussion QU'EST-CE QUE LE BOUDDHISME in the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
"Super que tu fais toujours des exercises français Dayamay! Je 't embrasse, Vajrapala"
Feb 6
David Brazier added a discussion to the group WHAT ARE YOU READING?
Feb 6
David Brazier added a discussion to the group BUDDHISM
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UNE FOI AU-DELA DU DESESPOIR

Le pouvoir propre, jiriki, « est le fait de croire que nous pouvons atteindre notre salut par nos…See More
Feb 5
Julia H.Reyna joined David Brazier's group
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BUDDHISM

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Feb 3
Julia H.Reyna liked Nati's discussion ADOPTAR EN SECRETO EL SUFRIMIENTO AJENO (Traducción al español de "Secretly taking on the sufferings of others")
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Julia H.Reyna liked Nati's discussion Cuerpo Voto del Buda (Traducción de Vow Body of Buddha)
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Julia H.Reyna posted a status
"Muchas gracias! Una alegría formar parte de este espacio. Un abrazo!"
Feb 3
Julia H.Reyna and David Brazier are now friends
Feb 3
David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion QU'EST-CE QUE LE BOUDDHISME in the group QUESTIONS IN THE SAND
"Ah, cette traduction a été faite par Vajra et Annette."
Feb 3

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Les articles en français

Created by David Brazier Jan 26, 2017 at 10:52pm. Last updated by David Brazier on Wednesday.

LIST OF DAILY TEACHINGS

Created by David Brazier Feb 19, 2016 at 10:12am. Last updated by David Brazier Jan 21.

Articulos en Español

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

MY FATHER KENNETH (1922-2003)

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

MY MOTHER IRENE (1922-2004)

Created by David Brazier Nov 28, 2017 at 11:09am. Last updated by David Brazier Nov 28, 2017.

LIST OF BOOKS REVIEWED

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

ROLES

Created by David Brazier Jul 20, 2016 at 2:48pm. Last updated by David Brazier Mar 6, 2017.

SPIRITUAL LIFE AT LA VILLE AU ROI (ELEUSIS)

Created by David Brazier Apr 19, 2016 at 6:26pm. Last updated by David Brazier Apr 19, 2016.

INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

Created by David Brazier Nov 9, 2015 at 1:26pm. Last updated by David Brazier Apr 15, 2016.

INTRODUCTION TO LA VILLE AU ROI (ELEUSIS)

Created by David Brazier Feb 19, 2016 at 9:50pm. Last updated by David Brazier Feb 19, 2016.

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WHAT NEXT?

Posted by Susthama Kim on January 7, 2018 at 22:30 0 Comments

As far as my life goes, it is pretty boring; nothing too exciting or too adventurous. We had a ‘minor scare’ over Christmas, however, but it turned out to be nothing but a change in hormones. Had it come to fruition it would have meant another three years of my life doing nothing but the same thing that I have been doing for the past six years, and boy oh boy, I am so relieved that it was just a scare. You can never be too careful, and at the same time you can’t even plan the perfect time to…

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ITALIAN DAYS

Posted by David Brazier on January 7, 2018 at 16:00 2 Comments

I am currently in Milan - a fine city. This is the commercial hub of Italy, home of many big names and innumerable small enterprises that attract shoppers from all over the world. There is quite a strong sense of energy here. The biggest tourist attractions are La Scala and the Cathedral.

I have rented a…

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Johnny Halliday: la mort d'un monstre sacré

Posted by Tamuly Annette on December 18, 2017 at 21:45 1 Comment

L'engouement quasi mystique qu'a suscité la mort de Johnny Hallyday m'a incité à réfléchir sue un phénomène qui m'est apparu comme un substitut de religiosité...

Un monstre sacré

La mort de Johnny Halliday et ses obsèques le 8 décembre 2017

Il y a eu comme une sorte de fièvre médiatique lors de la mort – pourtant attendue – de notre chanteur national Johnny Halliday (Jean-Philippe Smet). Il venait de décéder un jour, après Jean d’Ormesson, et le dernier événement a en…

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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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