ITZI Conference 2019: No Pearl without Grit


ITZI Conference 2019: No Pearl without Grit

5-8 September 2019, Netherland

This group is for announcements, discussion, and information relevant to the conference and to help organisers and attenders stay in contact. This is going to be a very special event and there will be plenty going on in the lead up.

Location: Netherlands
Members: 16
Latest Activity: on Sunday

NO PEARL WITHOUT GRIT: The psychology of suffering and awakening
Buddhism and therapy are both centrally concerned with the problem of suffering and the challenges involved in arriving at a liberation of mind and an awakening to new possibilities. In addressing this theme we can share many perspectives, methods and theories that seek to bring together the insights of Buddhism with the anxieties, tragedies and opportunities of modern life. Following upon the first two successful conferences, this meeting will be a time for learning, sharing, reflection and building connections.
The last conference included many moving moments as well as deeply informative presentations. The balance between serious engagement and informal discussion in this style of meeting provides a rich compost for new growth, connection and stimulation. 
Don't miss it.

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UPDATE 15 July 2018

Started by David Brazier on Sunday. 0 Replies

Things seem to be going well for the conference. We are getting bookings and workshop proposals.We have issued our first conference newsletter - called Grit & Pearls. If you join this ITZI…Continue


Started by David Brazier Jun 22. 0 Replies

We are now getting bookings, deposits and workshop proposals for the conference coming in. This is very heartening and the more we get the easier it becomes for us to do the planning of the…Continue

UPDATE 16 June 2018

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Jun 17. 1 Reply

It looks as though we now have virtually everything in place to receive bookings and distribute full information about the conference.You can see / download the attached conference leaflet that gives…Continue

UPDATE 1 June 2018

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Jun 5. 5 Replies

EXCELLENT VENUEWe have selected an excellent venue. The conference will take place at Kontakt der Kontinenten, which…Continue

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Comment by David Brazier on May 22, 2018 at 10:52

Thank you, Francoise. It is going to be a great meeting.

Comment by David Brazier on May 22, 2018 at 10:48

On the website we shall, as last time, have a portrait gallery of presenters. If you presented last time and intend to do so again we shall use the same photo as last time unless you send us a new one. If you would like to present this time, please send us a proposal and photo.

Comment by Francoise Guillot on May 22, 2018 at 7:56

Thank You for the invitation to this group David! I would love to participate again.


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