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A happy community

Here at Eleusis we have a wonderful community feeling at present. With fourteen people we are about at our capacity. In this case we are four women and ten men. We have had a workshop on Zen Therapy and now one on being a spiritual teacher. We have got quite a lot of physical work done and the place is looking good. The weather was kind to us with pretty continuous hot sunshine until a couple of days ago. Now it is maild and damp. No doubt the sun will be back soon. 

Added by David Brazier on June 20, 2013 at 15:29 — No Comments

Unexpected surprises in Eleusis

Sentarse en zazen y que un minuto después comience a sonar una melodía inesperada de shakuhachi real... ¿qué más puede uno pedir?
Sorpresas de Eleusis/ITZI

To sit in zazen and just one minute after a real shakuhachi melody starts... what else can one expect?
Unexpected surprises in Eleusis/ITZI

Added by José Luis Poveda on June 19, 2013 at 21:24 — No Comments

Hola amig@s: Hace nueve días llegué a Eleusis. Tras un par de días de trabajo para preparar el templo para los talleres venideros, hemos pasado cuatro días realizando un taller de Terapia Zen. Para m…

Hola amig@s:

Hace nueve días llegué a Eleusis. Tras un par de días de trabajo para preparar el templo para los talleres venideros, hemos pasado cuatro días realizando un taller de Terapia Zen. Para mí este tiempo, aunque ha sido corto, hasta ahora ha sido muy intenso. De hecho estoy un poco 'puzzled' porque se han despertado rápidamente en mi procesos que en otras ocasiones han tardado mucho más tiempo.

A nivel humano, el ambiente es incomparable. La calidez y proximidad de…

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Added by José Luis Poveda on June 17, 2013 at 23:39 — No Comments

Eleusis Diary (One)

28th April 

I have now been at Eleusis for nearly a week and spent my first ever weekend here alone. In fact this is the longest period I have stayed without companionship. There is much to do and at the moment I am just really establishing a daily routine (of sorts) and mostly concentrating on tidying up the immediate environment around the main building - cutting the grass, weeding the main flower bed at the front and starting the mammoth task of organising rooms, shifting pieces of…

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Added by Jnanamati on April 28, 2013 at 23:00 — 4 Comments

Anna Crotty

Thank you  ever so much for inviting me to join.  I am trying to find my way with modern technology and believe it or not this is my first 'blog'  and I just  recently found out what 'facebook' is all about.  As my grandaughter tells me - time to get a life Nan.  

Its pleasnt to dip out of the world of  legal jargon - see some nice faces and positive thoght progess.  Loved the pictures and got really inspired as I can see lots of gardening to be done in that beautiful place in France.…

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Added by Anna Crotty on February 17, 2013 at 20:42 — 1 Comment

visiting Eleusis

Looking back at a wonderful visit at Eleusis the first days of January. Although the weather was grey and the air was cold, it was very nice to be there and to see, discuss, sense and embrace the potential of the place. I am glad to have been of any help on the on going work. It was nice to feel so connected and to meet our very nice neighbour, Tamuly Anette!

I did also very much apreciate the atmosphere to study and the possibility…

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Added by Mirjam Hartkamp on January 16, 2013 at 19:11 — No Comments

Laying a foundation

I've been stripping the turf from where we will put a new wooden building to use as a store and workshop.

Added by David Brazier on January 13, 2013 at 18:33 — No Comments

Moss grows abundantly at Eleusis

Added by David Brazier on January 8, 2013 at 19:01 — 2 Comments

There is always something to do at Eleusis

Mirjam treating outdoor furniture.

Added by David Brazier on January 6, 2013 at 10:37 — No Comments

Getting to the Root of Things at Eleusis

Added by David Brazier on January 5, 2013 at 18:57 — No Comments

Arrival

Arrived at Eleusis last night. Wonderful to be here after long journey much of it through fog. Coming here in the dark through the cloud seems somehow appropriate to entering the mystery. Though here in mid-winter it is cold and grey, still there is an inescapable magic. This morning we lit the wood stove in the kitchen and had wonderful conversation over breakfast. There are innumerable jobs to do but this is also a place where one could simply do nothing for long periods, such is the…

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Added by David Brazier on January 4, 2013 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

Bodhi Retreat in Belgium

We have had a lovely retreat here at Zenshin-In in Oud-Turnhout in Belgium. A good time for reflection. The snow fell all around giving us a beautiful environment. 

Added by David Brazier on December 10, 2012 at 13:34 — No Comments

Working with My Son

It is a great delight to me that Mike is involved here. I have spent the past few days packing up stuff from my house in Narborough which I intend to let out in the new year. Yesterday Mike and I loaded a van and brought some of my things to Belgium and he is taking more on to Eleusis. He'll also be doing some measuring up for future work there. I'll need to do another run with the van in a week or so's time to finish the moving job. Then we can start getting organised out there. This is all…

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Added by David Brazier on December 4, 2012 at 13:59 — No Comments

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Sagesse féline...

Posted by Tamuly Annette on September 29, 2019 at 12:00 1 Comment

En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur  de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…

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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments



At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…

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MY MEDICAL CONDITION

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…

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Grace.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

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