La Ville au Roi

La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) is a site for David Brazier, (Buddhist name Dharmavidya), and his friends, readers, colleagues, students and interested others to discuss and share news, views and information relating to work and thought on the secrets of the spiritual life - everything from dream work to politics, spirituality to cookery, existentialism to growing roses, eastern wisdom to modern relationships, and so on. It also carries news and information of the place in France where he lives.

The true secret of Eleusis is .. this very experience, this moment when one plunges into the completely other, this discovery of an unknown dimension of existence" ~ Pierre Hadot

The Network: La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) has become a network of people interested in the connections between personal experience, Buddhism, Taoism, classical philosophy, psychology and life in the contemporary world. 

The Place: La Ville au Roi is the historic name of Dharmavidya's hermitage, deep in the French countryside in an area of forests, rivers and villages. The buildings and facilities are relatively primitive. The term Eleusis alludes to the spiritual traditions of the classical world. The philosophy here draws upon East and West, remythologising, deepening and broadening our appreciation of the dynamic of life in tune with the natural seasons. La Ville au Roi lies in an area off the beaten track, a refuge, retreat and place of peace and replenishment. 

David Brazier is a living Buddhist master who has been described as ‘a great blessing for our age’ by philosopher Mary Midgley and as a ‘second Honen Shonin’ by Sensei Adachi senior. A spiritual child prodigy, he went on to study all the major branches of Buddhism and is extensively accomplished in its many methods. He is a doctor of philosophy and authority on Buddhist psychology,  head of the Amida Order of Pureland Buddhism and president of the International Zen Therapy Institute. His many writings include a dozen books on Buddhism, psychology and culture and his often unconventional views challenge the seeker to look deeper. Here at La Ville au Roi he lives a simple, spiritual life in semi-retreat, close to nature, writes, and responds to disciples and enquirers. His root teachers have been in Japanese Zen and Pureland Buddhism. He has also studied Thai, Tibetan, Burmese and Vietnamese forms, and he has a deep respect for the mystery paths of all religious traditions. In the past he has been involved in many community development, mental health and educational initiatives, especially in Britain, Bosnia, and India and has been in a number of the world’s crisis spots. He teaches on programmes in Asia and the Americas as well as in Europe and on-line.

Contact: It is possible to visit by prior arrangement. One to one on-line (skype/facetime) sessions can  sometimes be arranged. For e-mail: join the site and use the messaging facility.

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Dukkha-Dukkha et encore plus de Dukkha

Question : L'enseignement commun du Theravada et du Mahayana tibétain sur les trois niveaux de souffrance a-t-il une place dans la Terre Pure ?La souffrance de la souffrance (Pali : dukkha-dukkha) : c’est l’évidente douleur physique et mentale et…See More
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Carol English replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT’S IN A NAME? in the group THERAPEUTAE
"“A rose is a rose is a rose....”. Gertrude Stein; “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” — W.S.  And a ”rupa is also a rupa” is also a rupa, and so on... funny to think of the relationship…"
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Carol English replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT’S IN A NAME? in the group THERAPEUTAE
"“A rose is a rose is a rose....”. Gertrude Stein; “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” — W.S.  And a ”rupa is also a rupa” is also a rupa... funny to think of the relationship between the…"
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David Brazier replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT’S IN A NAME? in the group THERAPEUTAE
"Rupas multiply. I'm not sure that those of a cat will be any less delusional. We might evn be flattering ourselves if we think they are less complex. A cat probably has a whole universe of smell rupas that we lost somewhere back in evolution.…"
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Carol English replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT’S IN A NAME? in the group THERAPEUTAE
"I am reading a book on translation that has some interesting reflections.  Here’s a quote near the start of the book that might be relevant to what you are saying.    “C.K. Ogden, the famously eccentric co-author of The…"
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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Shakespeare asked this question, commenting “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This is spoken by Juliet in the play Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is lamenting the fact that the Romeo she loves is a Montague, the family that her own Capulet…See More
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WHY ARE YOU?

I am. I am what I am. A walnut tree grows walnuts. It does not grow tulips. The tulip plant is no less than the walnut tree. The walnut tree is no less than the tulip. Yet the tulip grows no nuts. I am living my life. You are living your life.…See More
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"So sad, I did try to join (on 2 computers) but could not join in. For about 1h15 I got the message that you were on another conference. I think our internet is to weak...????.... sad.... sad...."
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TAOISM - AN INTRODUCTION

TAOISM IN HISTORICAL CONTEXTTaoism is one of the three great religions of China, along with Buddhism and Confucianism. It is a religion and philosophy that grew up in the warring States period that preceded the first unification of Chine under the…See More
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SUCCESSFUL FIRST ELEUSIS SEMINAR

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…See More
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HELLO

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SPIRITUAL LIFE

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Articulos en Español

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Articoli in Italiano

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INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

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MY FATHER KENNETH (1922-2003)

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MY MOTHER IRENE (1922-2004)

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SUCCESSFUL FIRST ELEUSIS SEMINAR

Posted by David Brazier 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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This is a podcast on Buddhism and Buddhist psychology

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Posted by David Brazier on January 11, 2019 at 9:43 3 Comments

I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…

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