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Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Unique international gathering on Buddhist psychology

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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Added by David Brazier on June 28, 2017 at 11:58 — No Comments

A Special Weekend

I have spent the past weekend at meetings of the Amida Order in Malvern in UK. Apart from approving the advancement of a number of good people there was not a lot of "business" so we were able to concentrate upon our relationships with each other and with life and upon practising together. The whole thing turned out very well. The temple in Malvern is very comfortable and the location superb. It is difficult to convey the quality of interaction between people to those who were not there -…

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Added by David Brazier on June 26, 2017 at 23:52 — 4 Comments

COMPASSION FOR OUR WORLD

I suppose that for many people politics seems something rather remote. For me, it is always close to my heart. Not that I strongly support this or that party, but because the issues are of such consequence. This is perhaps because of my early years having been passed in the Middle East where those consequences are evident in a more raw way. Over my lifetime I have watched as a pivotal region of the world has been systematically wrecked and ruined. Beautiful, cosmopolitan, multi-religious…

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Added by David Brazier on June 1, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Message from Geeta

I (Geeta) can offer up to 3 people a lift from Surrey to Eleusis, leaving at 5 am on 1st June and/or returning to England about 5 pm on 4th June. I can offer one person (or a couple) accommodation on the night before we travel and the night that we return.

Thank you Geeta - nice offer.

Added by David Brazier on May 26, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

COLOURFUL RITES

The Russian Orthodox certainly know how to do pomp and ceremony

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40002536/russian-faithful-flock-to-st-nicholas-relics

Added by David Brazier on May 22, 2017 at 21:09 — No Comments

MY CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS

My manuscript for a book about Zen Master Dogen based on his seminal work Genjo Koan has been accepted in principle by a UK based publisher. There is always quite a process to go through so it probably won't actually appear in the shops before this time next year, but we shall see.

I am currently working on an article commissioned by Tricycle magazine for their next special issue which is on the theme of Fear.

The book that is being produced based on my Questions in the Sand…

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Added by David Brazier on May 11, 2017 at 15:36 — 1 Comment

MAY FLOWERS

In case you missed it http://eleusis.ning.com/group/campus/forum/topics/the-land-where-the-may-tree-blooms

Added by David Brazier on April 29, 2017 at 11:14 — No Comments

RENCONTRE AVEC LAMA WANGMO EN JUIN

Rencontre entre David Brazier & LN Wangmo

les 10 & 11 juin 2017

à Saint-Martin-Lestra…

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Added by David Brazier on February 22, 2017 at 14:32 — No Comments

COMING HOME IN THE EVENING LIGHT

Added by David Brazier on February 18, 2017 at 21:24 — 9 Comments

COURSES PLANNED FOR KOREA THIS YEAR

These are the courses that I am planning to offer in Seoul, S. Korea this summer.

THREE FIVE DAY PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING WORKSHOPS WORKSHOP

7-11 August 2017 ~ Workshop 1

SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION

In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind,…

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Added by David Brazier on February 8, 2017 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS

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Added by David Brazier on January 31, 2017 at 15:13 — 4 Comments

FIRE OFFERING TO EIRENE GODDESS OF PEACE

May all beings be blessed

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Added by David Brazier on January 1, 2017 at 16:26 — 1 Comment

Seasonal Message from the Head of the Amida Order

The years 2016 and 2017 may well be seen from the future as a turning point in world politics. There is certainly a sense that the current order is fragmenting in Europe and North America, and that the balance of power in the Far East is shifting. In the Middle East there is still no sight of the end of war, but we can pray that some new arrangement can be found that will bring the killing to an end and start what will be a long process of reconciliation. We can sense what may be…

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Added by David Brazier on December 25, 2016 at 20:23 — 5 Comments

CHILDREN TALKING ABOUT REFUGEES

Kids talking about refugees. My grand daughter is one of the children asking questions.

Added by David Brazier on December 9, 2016 at 18:49 — No Comments

IT TAKES SPIRIT

The following is the text of a message I sent out within the Amida sangha earlier today...

This morning we awake to find out what the majority of Americans really think, just as we woke to the news of the vote of Brexit a little while ago. Realism is better than sweet illusion. The new American president-to-be won by realising that this was the case and that by expressing the fears and concerns of the people he would garner greater support than by repeating conventional…

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Added by David Brazier on November 9, 2016 at 19:38 — 2 Comments

STRANGER IN YOUR OWN LAND

The BBC have run a couple of articles recently about the problem of being a long term expat. I can identify with much of what is written - not feeling 'at home' anywhere; finding it better not to talk about one's past or where one has been as it is taken as pretentious or rouses envy; not being able to talk about things embedded in the culture of one's own country as one was not there; having picked up 'international' attitudes; having language and phraseology that is slightly out of kilter…

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Added by David Brazier on November 6, 2016 at 10:27 — No Comments

HUMAN NATURE & BUDDHA NATURE

An interesting comparison from the JSRI site. I have highlighted the phrase "Shan-tao felt human nature was always in opposition to the nature of buddhas" because I think that this principle has huge importance for out understanding of Buddhist psychology and Buddhist practice, and it is, of course, at odds with much contemporary presentation of Buddhism.…

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Added by David Brazier on October 16, 2016 at 20:04 — No Comments

A GOOD KING

Mourning a royal bodhisattva.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37650466

"The nation belongs to everyone, not one or two specific people. Those who confront each other will all be the losers. And the loser of the losers will be the nation...

"For what purpose are you telling yourself that you're the winner when you're standing upon the ruins and debris?"

Added by David Brazier on October 14, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Flashback

This is a picture of me exploring the forest on Big Island Hawaii in August 2006 during a time when I was visiting the sanghe there..

Added by David Brazier on October 8, 2016 at 20:40 — 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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