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Geeta Chari replied to David Brazier's discussion FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror in the group ITZI
"I have come across this phrase often in Buddhist writings: 'This is not I'. One version emphasised that it should be written 'This is not-I' and I thought it made the point very clearly by defining 'This' (whatever it…"
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"Thanks, Robert - yes, let's hope so. An opening up would be a step forward. The science-religion binary has worn a bit thin but still inhibits much creative thought on both sides."
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Elja Stoel replied to David Brazier's discussion FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror in the group ITZI
"ah, I notice the difference, the nuance. Let me 'chew' on it a bit. I will respond in a while..."
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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror in the group ITZI
"In a sense, yes, to both points, but it is a slightly different way of thinking. The mirror reflection gives insight about the other, certainly. That is an important part of compassion. One's concept of the other will necessarily evolve as one…"
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Elja Stoel replied to David Brazier's discussion FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror in the group ITZI
"So the mirrow refletion gives insight about my self and the other... In other words the mirror is helping to make the connection, to develop compassion, to vanish the concept of self and other....?"
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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror in the group ITZI
"Yes, though I would not put so much emphasis upon trying to change oneself. Noticing what is happening inside can give one deeper insight into what is happening in the other because it is probably a reflection. Allowing that deeper understanding to…"
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ON BEING LIBERALLY DOGMATIC (rather than dogmatically liberal)

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 11:30 0 Comments

Last night I had a conversation in a restaurant in which a person reported the view that the religion of the future would be Zen because Zen was a religion without dogmas. This statement struck me with particular force because at the moment I am in the middle of reviewing a draft chapter by another author on "Eastern Meditation Meets the West" for a future publication. This chapter highlights the cultural filters that ideas have to pass through in order to get a stamp of approval by our…

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SIMPOSIUM AT OASIS

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

On 8th July we had a meeting of six teachers at Oasis together with many visitors.

Pictures: Here

Each of the teachers gave a presentation on what they considered most significant in their practice. Then there was an extended lunch period for socialising and, finally a sessions of questions and answers.…

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THIS MORNING WE SHARED DREAMS

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 16:57 2 Comments

One of the best of things is good breakfast conversation and after long deep sleep what better to discuss than the dreams of the night before? Dreams are both mysterious and revealing and the many different systems of interpretation can each throw some light or trigger us into reminiscences or sharing of hopes, fears and experiences. Eleusis is an excellent place for dream work as the closeness to nature induces good sleep and the magical atmosphere inspires imagery.

Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Unique international gathering on Buddhist psychology

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 11:58 0 Comments

I am speaking at Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Unique international gathering on Buddhist psychology - creative dialogue between psychology and spiritual practice. The WEEKEND OF 8 SEPTEMBER 2017. The International Zen Therapy Institute hosts…

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At 9:14 on August 14, 2017, Penelope Immins said…

I have a good friend Lin, who would very much like accompany me on a visit to France. A later Autumn/Winter/Spring visit may be on the cards......

At 14:42 on August 12, 2017, Minsun Sung said…

"Everyday has been a miracle for all of us in the 2017 Korean Workshop."

This is a special time for all of us: The participants' level of aspiration to learn and practice as they learn from you is higher than previous years; and your teaching is profound and I feel like we are a chosen few who are blessed. I can not think of any other better cultivation of mind and Buddhist training.

Thank you very much and enjoy being in Korea this summer. 

At 9:01 on April 14, 2017, Colin Lester said…

Hi David. Thanks!. Good to be here.

Colin

At 14:23 on March 15, 2017, anki said…

hello thanks for the comment. i googled spiritual community and came across this so here i am, i was looking for people with like wise minds really to talk to.

well i am willing to post a pic in the pictures part of my page but i prefer not using it as my avatar if thats ok. 

At 21:33 on March 6, 2017, Kim Terrell said…

Hello,

I am just back in France.  It takes me a few days to get my bearings, but I'm back and happy to be here.

At 15:25 on January 21, 2017, Kim Terrell said…

Hello again,

I am learning to navigate this site and am still a bit clumsy.  I'll figure it out. Kim

At 0:00 on January 21, 2017, Kim Terrell said…

Thank you for the welcome and the invitation to visit.  I would like to do that, but I am not sure where you are? 

At 21:04 on August 29, 2016, Dennis Richards said…

Thanks, David. Have cited you in a paper I'm writing on Person-Centred Therapy. Hope to visit in person sometime.

At 16:51 on June 20, 2016, Charlene Diane Jones said…

Hi David and everyone: 

Finally!! The lovely interview you provided for my website http://www.soulsciences.net comes out this Wednesday, June 22 at 10 am EST...about 4 pm your time, right? It was a lively talk you gave, David, sprinkled as always with much wisdom and generous helpings of deep love....thank you!

And David, I have sent the files to you on your email, but with all the flurry since, I'm not sure you have received them. If you'd like I'll resend. Let me know and all my love to you and everyone in this warm, loving community. 

At 12:21 on June 15, 2016, Wangmo said…

Thank you David. I hope you're getting well. Perhaps, will we find a way to see each other this summer.

With kind love, Wangmo

 
 
 

ITZI Conference 2017

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Study Grouop

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on November 13, 2017 at 8:04 0 Comments

We had our regular skype study group on Saturday evening. Three people attended including myself and we studied some of Dharmavidya’s writings and had very helpful discussions about subjects such as Buddhist prayer, accepting death and being Human. The next group will be on Saturday the 25th at 9.30pm. This late time is due to the fact that some of our members are overseas in different time zones. if you would like to join us please email me adamdunsby@hotmail.com or skype me…

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ON BEING LIBERALLY DOGMATIC (rather than dogmatically liberal)

Posted by David Brazier on November 8, 2017 at 11:30 0 Comments

Last night I had a conversation in a restaurant in which a person reported the view that the religion of the future would be Zen because Zen was a religion without dogmas. This statement struck me with particular force because at the moment I am in the middle of reviewing a draft chapter by another author on "Eastern Meditation Meets the West" for a future publication. This chapter highlights the cultural filters that ideas have to pass through in order to get a stamp of approval by our…

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Relationship.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on September 9, 2017 at 20:56 0 Comments

Found this on a Chogyam Trungpa video…

''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…

In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…

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Reflections on Foolishness.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on September 5, 2017 at 11:50 2 Comments

I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice.

It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…

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