THERAPEUTAE Discussions (31)

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TRANSFORMATION IS ABRUPT Transformation of the human mind occurs abruptly. If one discovers that a person one had always regarded as a frie…

Started by David Brazier

3 Jun 23
Reply by Kaspalita


I've been rereading Freud's Mourning and Melancholia, an essay that he wrote round about the time of the start of the First World War. I wr…

Started by David Brazier

0 Apr 2


It is interesting how memory and experience work. Yesterday morning I was sitting in a classroom for the first time in a long while. I am t…

Started by David Brazier

12 Jan 24
Reply by David Brazier


i have been reading a relatively new book about Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker and just how important sleep is to all parts of our body. It…

Started by Susthama Kim

2 Jan 14
Reply by David Brazier


I have recently returned from a visit to S Korea where I led a teaching programme in Buddhist psychology and its therapeutic application. T…

Started by David Brazier

2 Sep 5, 2017
Reply by David Brazier

Whatever Happened to Real Psychotherapy?

This article by Lori Gottlieb makes sobering reading. We have seen how the trend to supposedly evidence based practice has led to cognitive…

Started by David Brazier

8 May 16, 2017
Reply by David Brazier

Transparencia - ¿Puedes guardar un secreto? (Traducción de "Transparency - Can you keep a secret?"

Publicado por David Brazier el 31 de marzo de 2017 en el grupo “Therapeutae” Hace poco, conversando con alguien, salió el tema de la transp…

Started by Nati

0 Apr 13, 2017

TRANSPARENCY ~ Can you keep a secret?

I was recently engaged in a conversation in which the issue of "transparency" came up. There are two contexts in which this idea mainly has…

Started by David Brazier

9 Apr 4, 2017
Reply by Nati


One of the things that we observe here at La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) is the therapeutic effect of people simply having space. Modern people…

Started by David Brazier

13 Feb 15, 2017
Reply by Tharakesh Palanisamy

SKANDHAS, KELLY & VICO (en español)

Esta es una traducción del artículo de David. Quizá pueda ayudar a aquellos que nos resulta más difícil leer en inglés:) SKANDHAS, KELLY…

Started by Nati

5 Jan 31, 2017
Reply by Eduardo Oca



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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…


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…


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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