SPIRITUAL LIFE AT LA VILLE AU ROI (ELEUSIS)

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

1. The foundation of our life is Buddhism, but we have a very open and inclusive approach.We are not narrow nor puritan.

2. There are members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) from at least a dozen different schools of Buddhism, including a number of priests and other full time practitioners.

3. We are also interested in all forms of spirituality and religion, both in the commonalities and also in the inspiration that can be gleaned from cross-fertilisation.

4. A particular inspiration is the polytheism of ancient Greece, especially its goddesses, who represent different aspects of human life and community - love, peace, conflict, cultivation, the wild, culture, and so on.

5. This framework enables us to be open to a wide range of spirituality- shamanic, pagan, Taoistic, Sufi, nature religion, and so on, as well as to the major traditions - Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, etc..

6. So richness and inclusivity are important principles here, as well as naturalness, vitality and creativity.

7. On the one hand each person is on a personal spiritual search. On the other hand, that seeking becomes more effective in the context of community and richer when seeded by the whole human spiritual tradition.

8. we respect the Buddha’s injunctions to keep the high purpose in mind and then investigate life and nature in all their forms, energetically, patiently, joyfully, with a broadness of vision and openness of heart.

Last updated by David Brazier Apr 19, 2016.

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JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

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THE RUBICON

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

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 philosophy, and where I have learned about the Rubicon stage, but unfortunately the regulatory body Ofsted had rated it badly and so it had to introduce radical measures in order to stay open. 

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By sheer power of aspiration

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 4 Comments

Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant or candidate taking on the Amida precepts always appears solemn, and sincere, and as I listen to the vows and see how willing they are to aspire to live an ideal life they become even bigger with a certain amount of gravitas and I find myself shrinking and becoming less Significant. It is a wonderfully moving experience and so I always… Continue

letter to Father Christmas

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 2, 2017 at 22:36 6 Comments

Dear Father Christmas,



Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena



My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.



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