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Elja Stoel replied to David Brazier's discussion REFLECTIONS UPON A LUMP IN THE THROAT in the group THERAPEUTAE
"maybe your beginners mind returns!  :-) Hope you are soon at ease as a student and that you are making great new friends. much love namo amida bu"
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"ah, I notice the difference, the nuance. Let me 'chew' on it a bit. I will respond in a while..."
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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....?"
Nov 13, 2017
Elja Stoel replied to David Brazier's discussion FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS, Part 4 - The Precious Mirror in the group ITZI
"The mirror aspect is fascinating me: the reflection of reality in my mind in the moment itself. So when I have an argument with a friend, or when I see despair in the eyes of my clients, my mirror is reflecting this? So I have to study myself,…"
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Ben je geïnteresseerd in boeddhistische psychologie? In geëngageerd boeddhisme? In mindfulness? Coaching vanuit boeddhistisch perspectief? Dan heeft dit congres in België waarschijnlijk jouw interesse: Van 8 tot 10 september 2017 organiseert het Internationaal Instituut voor Zen Therapie van David Brazier haar tweede congres over boeddhistische psychologie. Een congres waar interactie tussen sprekers en deelnemers essentieel is.We zijn verheugd over het feit dat we wereldwijd boeiende sprekers…See More
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"how beautiful. I am glad i will see everything with my own eyes soon. I am so looking forward to return to Eleusis! See you soon."
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Tell us about yourself - at least 30 words
Interested in: spirituality, searching for a deeper connection with nature, zen meditation,and Pureland Buddhism, I love writing, poetry,reading, studying and working outside in nature.
I was a member of the Metta Sangha from Zen Centrum Den Bosch.I start with zen practise in 2012. (Netherland). And since half Oktober of this year (2015) i am living at Eleusis and that is quite an experience....:-)
How did you hear about Eleusis?
I found a link on the blog of David Brazier and I saw some beautiful pictures from eleusis on Facebook.
Is your primary interest...
Resident community, Volunteering, Attending courses, Course leader, Gardening, Group Retreats, Other - please tell us below
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becoming a good sangha sister for my sangha family on the dharma path. <3 Namo Amida Bu

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From Mindfulness to Heartfulness; ITZI Congres in Belgie, Kom je ook?

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 21:00 0 Comments

Ben je geïnteresseerd in boeddhistische psychologie? In geëngageerd boeddhisme? In mindfulness? Coaching vanuit boeddhistisch perspectief? Dan heeft dit congres in België waarschijnlijk jouw interesse:



Van 8 tot 10 september 2017 organiseert het Internationaal Instituut voor Zen Therapie van David Brazier haar tweede congres over boeddhistische psychologie. Een congres waar interactie tussen sprekers en deelnemers essentieel is.

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 20:30 0 Comments

It all started with some password troubles... Wednesday some technical support wil arrive at Eleusis. Till then they will stay without the internet. …

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STILL WITHOUT INTERNET

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 12:14 1 Comment

At the moment David and Adam are still without the internet. They bought a new modem but unfortunate this is not working either. I think that soon some help from Oasis (Annette and Patrick) will arrive. So for the moment no daily teachings...  

STILL NO INTERNET

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 12:14 0 Comments

At the moment David and Adam are still without the internet. They bought a new modem but unfortunate this is not working either. I think that soon some help from Oasis (Annette and Patrick) will arrive. So for the moment no daily teachings...  

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At 10:52 on April 23, 2016, Yvette Peters said…

Hi Elja,

did everything go okay at the hospital?
Do you know anything yet about then date?
Hope to see you next week!

Yvette

At 7:49 on January 24, 2016, Priti Vaishnav said…

Dear Elja,

Thank you very much for warm welcome. Looking forward to learn a lot from you all and be part of the such a great community. 

At 18:24 on December 19, 2015, Nithya Shanti said…

Thank you for the warm welcome Elja! Its good to be here.

At 15:31 on December 14, 2015, Modgala Louise Duguid said…

Glad to be your friend Elja. It was lovely meeting you and having time at the Bodhi retreat. I look forward to being with you in Eleusis in the summer. Namo Amida Bu

At 18:45 on November 6, 2015, Carol English said…
Hi Elja,

Thank-you for accepting my friend request. I hope we will soon be friends in real life too. I will send some of my photos from when I visited Eleusis soon.

Namo Amida Bu
At 18:28 on September 15, 2015, Sujatin Johnson said…

Your writing about your stay is so beautiful - I felt quite emotional, reading it - Namo Amida Bu

 
 
 

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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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