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This group is a space for all things relating to International Zen Therapy Institute - a place for Eleusis members who are interested in ITZI to discuss, share and stay in touch with one another.

Website: http://www.zentherapyinternational.com/
Location: International
Members: 37
Latest Activity: Aug 29

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

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Aug 29. 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

BUDDHISM and TAOISM

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Aug 21. 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

ALCHEMY OF LOVE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by ANGELA ROMANI Jan 21. 10 Replies

I'm in Milan facilitating a workshop on couple relationships. We have looked at how many different schools of psychology and psychotherapy each contributes something important to our understanding of this theme but none can eliminate the mystery…Continue

SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG WITH PSYCHOTHERAPY

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Jan 2. 11 Replies

I am currently at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim, California. This conference is organised by the Milton Erickson association, though there seem to be few people here who really practice as Milton Erickson did. It has been…Continue

MILTON ERICKSON, ZEN MASTER

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Susthama Kim Dec 22, 2017. 9 Replies

On the final morning of the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference I went to a workshop by Jeffrey Zeig called ‘Evocative Approaches to Change’. This experience went some way to redeeming the conference for me. Zeig is the director of the Milton…Continue

THE RUBICON

Started by Susthama Kim. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Dec 18, 2017. 5 Replies

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 with Selena and then started taking Dorian there in September. It’s a lovely place with a different outlook and…Continue

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

Started by Nati Dec 3, 2017. 0 Replies

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 búsqueda del camino espiritual, con frecuencia coloca  shraddha al principio de la lista. Shraddha se traduce…Continue

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

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Dec 2, 2017. 3 Replies

In Part One we looked at mindfulness as punctuating the day with times of immediate, here and now, bare…Continue

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

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Nov 23, 2017. 1 Reply

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 is commonly translated as 'faith'. However, shrad is heart, so it is also possible to render shraddha as…Continue

FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Geeta Chari Nov 15, 2017. 6 Replies

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 that can help us to understand spiritual practice and investigate the nature of mindfulness.Firstly, a mirror…Continue

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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.

Comment by David Brazier on September 12, 2017 at 8:25

Thanks, Mo, this page is developing even as we write.

Comment by Mo Henderson on September 12, 2017 at 8:23
Thank for this invitation David, For me the ITZI conference was an innovative and inspiring experience. This is a great idea to keep contact with all the friends made and to debate, support and follow their work
Warm wishes,
Mo
 

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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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