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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Oct 4. 5 Replies

SHARING: SOME INITIAL POINTSRecently I was involved in a discussion about “oneness”. Clearly, to some people in the Buddhist world, oneness is a big number. However, it is not always that clear what people mean by this idea and it may be that…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Sep 21. 3 Replies

When I originally learnt psychotherapy, psychoanalysis was the dominant force and its arch foe was behaviourism. Freud had claimed to offer the first scientific psychology. The behaviourists came along with what they claimed was really scientific.…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Sep 21. 10 Replies

Thinking about psychotherapy I notice that there is an important distinction to be made about two different viewpoints or perspectives. Similar comments can be made about spiritual practice and, no doubt, some other domains of human knowledge. I…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Sep 19. 7 Replies

There is a good deal of concern these days that psychotherapy should be “evidence based”. This has led to a neglect of, for instance, psychoanalysis. I cannot help thinking that this development is a mistake. When I think of the kind of…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Aug 26. 4 Replies

I could have called this ZT Skills, but I don’t like the idea of reducing therapy to a set of skills, as though you could build it up like a set of lego bricks. Rather it is an art. To play music you might need certain abilities with a keyboard or…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Aug 26. 2 Replies

Buddhist Psychology has what we in the West might call behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and analytical aspects all together in a single system. In other words, it deals with all aspects of the process of internalising experience and turning it…Continue


Started by David Brazier Aug 15. 0 Replies

In Buddhist psychology, the aim is somewhat different from most Western psychology. The latter aims to make the person self-assertive, self-sufficient, self-esteeming, and even self-entitled. This is expressed in such phrases such as “You deserve…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Mo Henderson Oct 31, 2018. 5 Replies

I just want to say that if you can get together three or more people to start a local ITZI group anywhere in the world, I am happy to offer what I can via skype, Facebook or e-mail to support it.Such groups can, amongst other things- discuss…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Aug 29, 2018. 4 Replies

I am at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Copnference in Anaheim, California. This conference attempts to showcase the best practice in psychotherapy. The presenters are exemplars for the profession and the information presented is intended to shape…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Aug 21, 2018. 1 Reply

It seems that Taoism had a considerable effect upon Far Eastern Buddism. Thus, consider the fact that Dogen Zenji had his great awakening upon over-hearing the words “Let body and mind fall away,” spoken by his master to another practitioner. Where…Continue

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Comment by Jan Wizinowich on November 5, 2018 at 23:40

Yes, too good you Jnanamati!! Jnanamati, family and I had a lovely extended coffee session sitting beside the Severn. Lovely family and lovely to see him. Namo Amida Bu, Jan

Comment by David Brazier on November 5, 2018 at 10:37

Nice to see that Jnanamati has now got a web site for his art therapy

Comment by Johnathan Robertson on September 13, 2017 at 13:40

Thank you for the inviting me. These conferences sound very interesting.

Comment by Marianne Jacuzzi on September 12, 2017 at 18:50

Thank you for inviting me to join this group, David. Though I did not attend the Conference, I am very interested in the subject. I look forward to the discussions in this space. With warm wishes, 

Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Francoise Guillot on September 12, 2017 at 18:42
Thank You for being a Part of this community dear David!
Comment by Nati on September 12, 2017 at 17:35

Hello friends. It is a pleasure to join this group  and to have the opportunity of reviewing and sharing what this conference has been.

I feel deeply grateful for having attended, in spite of the long journey, this was a very special experience for me. It is always exciting and very interesting to exchange with people coming from many different parts of the world and see how we are feeling, what we are thinking about, how we are working...

The different sharings and presentations gave me a sensation of softness and openness, a growing attention to body and heart..Unfortunately I could not stay until the end since, after the Refuge ceremony, I felt in need of being by myself for a day..Anyway I want to express my gratitude for the excellent organization, for the great kindness and help I received from everybody, for the good work of the different speakers who inspired me with the different approaches, and I specially would like to express my gratitude to Dharmavidya for having made possible that time so deeply special for me.

Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Ryusho Jeffus on September 12, 2017 at 15:33
In the shared folder on Dropbox I gave places copies of the photos I took during the conference. These include many shots of the abby itself and some obscure places. There are a few short video clips including a portion of the refuge ceremony. There is also a short clip of the evening mist settling on the grounds and the evening warbling of the birds along the roof and in the trees. At the end of that clip one bird alights onto the grass from the tree.
Comment by Minsun Sung on September 12, 2017 at 13:48

Thanks for invitation.  We Korean fellows may want to participate in the next conference as the program developes.  If you have further summary of the 2017 Belgium Conference, please share it with us too. Thank you again!

Comment by Peter Henderson on September 12, 2017 at 9:21

Thanks to everyone who attended the conference. Good to see some familiar faces and meet some new people.  Great range of topics, just sorry we could not attend the whole conference and missed saying goodbye to lots of folks.  Now have some new Facebook friends so will hear about interests and exploits. 

Comment by Sujatin Johnson on September 12, 2017 at 8:52

Thank you - I look forward to hearing more about the conference.



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Posted by Tamuly Annette on September 29, 2019 at 12:00 1 Comment

En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur  de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…



Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments

At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…



Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…



Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

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