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In the Amida Sangha

Taking stock of the progress of the Amida Shu sangha at the end of 2015 it is hard to find words sufficient to praise the achievement of Kaspalita and Satyavani and all those involved in the establishment of the Amida Mandala Temple in Malvern. This was itself the culmination of several years of dedication which began with them holding Pureland religious services in the tiny…

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Added by David Brazier on December 20, 2015 at 15:13 — 1 Comment

A TIME FOR FLOWERS

Flowers of Mourning With so many deaths in the Middle East and now in Europe too, and more being planned as the clamour for military action grows, this is a time for mourning and for flowers, not just in Paris, but also in Beirut, in Baghdad, in Kabul and everywhere where this carnage spreads. Around us, here in Europe, we can sense the fear. The fear is not…

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Added by David Brazier on November 24, 2015 at 15:18 — 1 Comment

HATRED IS NOT APPEASED BY HATRED

We Need Restraint Not More Bombs

We are all dismayed by the events in Paris. Yet, have we been equally dismayed by the daily events in the Middle East where our own governments are dropping bombs? I am deeply sympathetic to the French people affected by the recent violence. I am deeply sympathetic to the people in Syria, in Iraq, in Afghanistan and in the whole Middle East Region. I understand why there is hatred. I understand why people want to kill. However, killing…

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Added by David Brazier on November 16, 2015 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

BEYOND SOLITUDE

My last blog post was back at the beginning of this year. A lot has happened, and yet, in a way, nothing has happened. Life here has a timeless quality. One can feel as if in suspended animation. Every day there is something to do - many things. Yet nothing is pressing. It is a wonderful life in that respect. A change of occupation is always possible. I have somewhat settled…

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Added by David Brazier on November 8, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

Life at La Ville au Roi

The last couple of years I have done a lot of travelling. A few things still got done at La Ville au Roi, most notably the laying of a paving base and putting upon it of a wooden building to use as a store and workshop. This year I shall travel rather less and be here a bit more and it should be possible to get more done as a result. It is a rather wonderful prospect. I love to be here whether in solitude or with companions. the place is magical if somewhat primitive, or is so perhaps, in…

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Added by David Brazier on February 13, 2015 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

First Blossom

First blossoms of the year and the bees are busy already.…

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Added by David Brazier on February 26, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Labour is good for the soul

Here at Eleusis there is a long term project for the improvement of some of the old buildings. In order to renovate the big barn there needs to be somewhere to store all the things that have been kept there up to now. After some research a flat pack building was obtained from Leroy Merlin, a big DIY supplier here in France. It arrived on a huge palette all wrapped up in plastic.…

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Added by David Brazier on February 26, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Back at Eleusis

It is good to be back in the profound silence of Eleusis. Somehow the silence here is deep, thick, primeval, connecting one with the chthonic bedrock of being. One can experience how it was that the ancients were in awe not just of the sky and the earth, but of an underworld more powerful that what is seen above. The ancient Greeks made offerings to gods above and below. We hear plenty about the sky gods in myth, and to them sacrifice was made on a high altar with fire, but the gods below…

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Added by David Brazier on January 9, 2014 at 10:10 — No Comments

Baa at Eleusis

Added by David Brazier on July 25, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

After Retreat in Berriz

Added by David Brazier on July 5, 2013 at 15:26 — No Comments

In Spain

I am in the Basque country in north central Spain. We have just completed a four day retreat. This has been a success in that the ethos and atmosphere of our spiritual community became apparent and alive in this group who were all new to it. What matters is not so much that people understand a set of theories as that the ethos comes alive for them and this happened here. This weekend I shall be leading a Buddhist psychology workshop and in the next days will travel to Galicia.

Added by David Brazier on July 5, 2013 at 15:06 — No Comments

Cleaning the roof

Added by David Brazier on June 27, 2013 at 13:33 — No Comments

Mid Summer Day Offering to Forrest Gods

Added by David Brazier on June 21, 2013 at 22:08 — No Comments

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

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

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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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