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PSYCHOTHERAPY: EVOLUTION OR DECLINE: The misuse of 'evidence'

I am at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Copnference in Anaheim, California. This conference attempts to showcase the best practice in psycho…

Started by David Brazier

4 Aug 29
Reply by David Brazier

BUDDHISM and TAOISM

It seems that Taoism had a considerable effect upon Far Eastern Buddism. Thus, consider the fact that Dogen Zenji had his great awakening u…

Started by David Brazier

1 Aug 21
Reply by Jan Wizinowich

ALCHEMY OF LOVE

I'm in Milan facilitating a workshop on couple relationships. We have looked at how many different schools of psychology and psychotherapy…

Started by David Brazier

10 Jan 21
Reply by ANGELA ROMANI

SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG WITH PSYCHOTHERAPY

I am currently at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim, California. This conference is organised by the Milton Erickson ass…

Started by David Brazier

11 Jan 2
Reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman

MILTON ERICKSON, ZEN MASTER

On the final morning of the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference I went to a workshop by Jeffrey Zeig called ‘Evocative Approaches to Chan…

Started by David Brazier

9 Dec 22, 2017
Reply by Susthama Kim

THE RUBICON

I have been attending a parent and toddler group at the Steiner school in Kings Langley for a little while. I first started going there wit…

Started by Susthama Kim

5 Dec 18, 2017
Reply by Jan Wizinowich

Del Mindfulness al Heartfulness (Corazón Pleno), Parte 5 (final) – El Corazón del Asunto.

Publicado por David Brazier el 23 de noviembre de 2017 en el grupo ITZI   Cuando le preguntan al Buda qué es lo más importante en la búsque…

Started by Nati

0 Dec 3, 2017

FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 2 - Some Different Kinds of Mindfulness

In Part One we looked at mindfulness as punctuating the day with times of immediate, here and now, bare awareness, appreciating beauty. Thi…

Started by David Brazier

3 Dec 2, 2017
Reply by Juline Smit

FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 5 (final) - The Heart of the Matter

When the Buddha is asked what is essential for the pursuit of the spiritual path he often puts shraddha at the start of the list. Shraddha…

Started by David Brazier

1 Nov 23, 2017
Reply by Satya Robyn

FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror

In Chinese Buddhism, the idea of the mind as a mirror became a much used metaphor. There are a number of interesting features of mirroring…

Started by David Brazier

6 Nov 15, 2017
Reply by Geeta Chari

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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.

Varlam Shalamov

Posted by Geeta Chari on July 16, 2018 at 0:00 1 Comment

From The Paris Review:

For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was…

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The Buddha, Season 1, Episode 1

Posted by Geeta Chari on June 29, 2018 at 9:21 1 Comment

I have been watching The Buddha on Netflix, and although I came well-prepared to scoff, there is a surprising amount of food for thought from a Pureland perspective. What follows is a review of the Pureland touches in the episode, coloured inevitably by my upbringing in India, although I have now lived in Britain for more than half my life.

The scene opens in the republic of Kapilavastu, depicted as a green and pleasant land, with the Himalayan mountains as a backdrop. (I was…

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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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