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: 17
Latest Activity: Aug 18

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.

Discussion Forum

ITZI Conference Newsletter: "GRIT & PEARLS"

Started by David Brazier Jul 29. 0 Replies

This is the July issue of the ITZI Conference Newsletter. The August issue will go out very soon. GRIT & PEARLS The newsletter of the ITZI Conference “NO PEARL WITHOUT GRIT: The psychology of…Continue

UPDATE 15 July 2018

Started by David Brazier Jul 15. 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

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Comment by Minsun Sung on August 18, 2018 at 9:24

Wonderful people and new world it must be. Will see if I can take a part in that adventure! 

Comment by David Brazier on August 7, 2018 at 12:58

Nice report - thanks.

Comment by Ryusho Jeffus on August 6, 2018 at 17:09

I am very much looking forward to the ITZI conference next year.  I...

This is a print from a linoleum block printed on a monoprint background.  This was inspired by my time last year at the old abbey at Drongenen.  I have many memories of the conference.  One of the things I enjoyed doing was walking the grounds at night or very early in the morning.  Seeing the lit tower at night was so peaceful.  

One humorous highlight happened on Sunday evening after the conference had ended.  I had elected to stay the extra evening and decided to go to dinner with some friends from Belgium who had traveled to meet Myokei and myself.  On all nights but Sunday the front gate closed at 11P, however on Sunday it closed at 5P and I didn't know it.  When I returned to the abbey the gate was locked up tight.  I rang the bell and no one answered.  I was stuck all alone, my friends had left me at the restaurant thinking there would be no trouble.

Being the resourceful individual I am, and with my long history of engaging in various acts of protest and on one occasion in the 60s of breaking into the Louisiana State Senate in protest of the Vietnam war and completely forgetting that I am not twenty years old anymore I proceeded to climb the fence, about 10feet.  Fortunately I can report I managed the climb and the jump down unharmed.  Perhaps it was because I was wearing my samue.  

Anyway I do hope you will join us next year for the 3rd annual ITZI conference.

With Gassho,


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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