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"FOOTNOTE It is sometimes assumed that the kind of approach described above is slower than more directive approaches. This is incorrect. How rapidly an approach moves along depends on its accuracy. Most of the encounters in Zen stories are very brief…"
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SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT ZEN THERAPY

Buddhist Psychology has what we in the West might call behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and analytical aspects all together in a single system. In other words, it deals with all aspects of the process of internalising experience and turning it into future action. This is called the skandha cycle about which I have written elsewhere.This makes it difficult, in some ways, to define Buddhist psychotherapy (Zen Therapy). Intervention in one case might be very different from in another. The client…See More
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"Thanks, David - wise words indeed."
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David Kilburn commented on David Brazier's blog post MY MEDICAL CONDITION
"One of the human body’s most remarkable characteristics is its ability to restore and repair itself, often under seemingly hopeless circumstances. This does not always happen quickly or easily and a 100% success is never certain.   Mental…"
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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion DOOM AND SMALL HOPE in the group WAR & PEACE
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Mat Osmond replied to David Brazier's discussion DOOM AND SMALL HOPE in the group WAR & PEACE
"The thought I've carried several years now is the curious sense that encountering the possibility of a change so vastly beyond what I can control, 'be ready for', or protect those I love from, actually changes nothing very much at…"
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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion DOOM AND SMALL HOPE in the group WAR & PEACE
"I agree. When you read about how former civilisations ended, it all seems very familiar. We are destroying the world that we depend upon just as aphids destroy a rose bush. The aphids have other bushes to fly to, we do not. The difference with…"
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I am the son of Irene Brazier and am the originator of this project. I have written a number of books on spiritual, psychological and cultural subjects. I am interested in community and spiritual awakening.
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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 0 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 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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SUCCESSFUL FIRST ELEUSIS SEMINAR

Posted on March 15, 2019 at 16:59 2 Comments

We have just had our first Eleusis Seminar on the theme of the Philosophy of Taoism.

Sixteen people took part and from immediate feedback it seems to have been a great success.

We shall do more.

There is a second meeting of a more open kind this evening.

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At 21:53 on April 9, 2019, Liselotte Baeijaert said…

Thank you for the invitation, David. I hope you will get better soon. I just had Karin visiting at my holiday home in Holland. We talked about the ITZI conference. I look forward to attend. (Still need to register.) Cheers! 

At 16:52 on March 15, 2019, Daniel Bairey said…

It was good to be part of the talk and discussion. A unique experience from my kitchen in Tel Aviv as I prepare to fix our family dinne. I look forward to more !

At 22:42 on January 6, 2019, Jaume Pucahdes said…

Thanks for your invitation.

At 17:05 on September 14, 2018, Daniel Bairey said…

Thank you

At 17:26 on September 13, 2018, Daniel Bairey said…

Noble practice then: with confidence , at ease. Well centered. With an upaya to suite the person and situation, definitely not merely 方便 approach. But I cheat, for I am reading your book and still grappling with your mention of upaya: I had not dwelled on that one until your message. But I meant Upeksha - perhaps a good concept to associate with noble ?

At 19:37 on September 10, 2018, Daniel Bairey said…

I am wondering what characters render XinJin and AnJin - perhaps I can then locate the original Chan terms

At 6:48 on September 9, 2018, Daniel Bairey said…

 hoşbulduk, Baruch Hanimza” : both Hebrew and Turkish have developed apt responses to “Welcome”, perhaps each loosely rendered as “glad to be here “ and “Blessed is he/she already there”. Possibly in English that could be “Well Arrived” 。I have yet to find the Buddhist or Chinese response , so 全心欢迎您的回答 (“Whole hearted welcome Your response )

At 15:21 on August 1, 2018, Nando said…

Thank you,  I will try to join, at least single days if it's possible. For the next workshops during 2018 in Korea I will work out my attendance in a more relaxed way!

At 15:52 on June 22, 2018, Désirée Verstraete said…

Twice Istarted Italian lessons but could not continue through circomstances. You make me feel wanting to learn it again. Then I could understand one of my favourite films in it's original language!

La meglio gioventù (2003)  a film from Marco Tullio Giordana. 

At 21:23 on March 2, 2018, Alex Mancini said…

Sure David! It was a pleasure to meet you and to have those, always interesting, conversations. Have a good trip back to France. Cheers!

 
 
 

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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 0 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

Sit

Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…

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