La Ville au Roi

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.

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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Andrew Ralph Cheffings replied to David Brazier's discussion BODHI DAY in the group BUDDHISM
"Lovely to read this after returning from Amida Mandala's Bodhi retreat. Makes a nice dharma talk transition back into everyday life as I work through the hillock of emails which greeted me on my return. A lovely, inclusive talk, thank you."
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Jan Wizinowich commented on David Brazier's blog post MY REAL LIFE
"Thought provoking on this wind-howling, cold, brilliant Monday morning. Namo Amida Bu"
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Jan Wizinowich commented on Dayamay Dunsby's blog post More Will Be Revealed!!
"Aloha e Dayamay; Mahalo for your rich reflections and connections. They brought to mind a film called "Happy", a documentary that explores happiness by seeking out people in wildly different situations who are happy. One of the first…"
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Nati commented on David Brazier's blog post MY REAL LIFE
"Thank you from the heart. This is so inspiring….Yes, “just as you are”, that is what life needs ,no more no less.  But so many times I feel I would like to be a better person…in fact I am yearning the definite…"
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THREE JEWELS ON THREE PLANES

The Three Jewels are the heart of Buddhism. The three are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. They are the foundation and core of the Buddhist religion. When one becomes a Buddhist one takes refuge in the Three Jewels. So what are they and what…See More
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Geeta Chari commented on David Brazier's blog post MY REAL LIFE
"Yes, I have always felt that the thing about my encounter with you that I treasure more than anything is this honesty about real life, calling a spade a spade but viewing it from a completely different perspective that is hidden to me."
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MY REAL LIFE

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…See More
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Robert McCarthy replied to David Brazier's discussion STRESS AND STRAIN ON PLANET EARTH in the group THINKER'S CORNER
"Namo Amida Bu."
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Les articles en français

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Articulos en Español

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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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MY FATHER KENNETH (1922-2003)

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1 SEVENTEEN FORMS OF CONDITIONING

SEVENTEEN FORMS OF CONDITIONING

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2 SUMMER: And so to Korea

SUMMER: And so to Korea

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3 END OF SUMMER: Looking forward

END OF SUMMER: Looking forward

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4 NEXT ITZI CONFERENCE

NEXT ITZI CONFERENCE

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MY REAL LIFE

Posted by David Brazier on December 8, 2018 at 15:00 3 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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More Will Be Revealed!!

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on November 5, 2018 at 12:46 2 Comments

Adjusting to the extreme contrast between India and England has been a truly enlightening experience for me and I will probably be processing it psychologically for quite a while to come! 

It is impossible not to be affected by the seething mass of raw energy that flows endlessly there, seemingly toward no apparent goal except pure survival. It often seemed like hell…

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MARY MIDGLEY

Posted by David Brazier on October 21, 2018 at 17:25 1 Comment

Born: September 13, 1919, London, United Kingdom

Died: October 10, 2018

Mary was a dear friend and inspiration. I first met her when she came to a meditation class I was leading. Her husband had recently died and she was grieving. She did not need meditation, she just needed to grieve and that be OK, which it definitely was, but she continued to come to meetings and made a…

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Running a Course in Korea and Elsewhere

Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 2 Comments

I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.

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