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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Dec 29, 2019. 2 Replies

This is a piece I wrote in August 2012Somebody showed me a piece of writing about how counselling and Buddhism relate to one another that suggests that counselling is only really appropriate for people who have not yet discovered the true Dharma…Continue

Dharma Based Person Centered Approach

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Dec 19, 2019. 2 Replies

A paper by Gisho Saiko on Dharma Based Person Centered Approach in Japan paper has three sections1)…Continue

ITZI Newsletter November 2019

Started by Susthama Kim. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Nov 13, 2019. 1 Reply

Please click on ITZI Newsletter November 2019 for the latest news.Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Oct 24, 2019. 12 Replies

There is a good deal of concern these days that psychotherapy should be “evidence based”. This has led to a neglect of, for instance, psychoanalysis. I cannot help thinking that this development is a mistake. When I think of the kind of…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Oct 4, 2019. 5 Replies

SHARING: SOME INITIAL POINTSRecently I was involved in a discussion about “oneness”. Clearly, to some people in the Buddhist world, oneness is a big number. However, it is not always that clear what people mean by this idea and it may be that…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Sep 21, 2019. 3 Replies

When I originally learnt psychotherapy, psychoanalysis was the dominant force and its arch foe was behaviourism. Freud had claimed to offer the first scientific psychology. The behaviourists came along with what they claimed was really scientific.…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Sep 21, 2019. 10 Replies

Thinking about psychotherapy I notice that there is an important distinction to be made about two different viewpoints or perspectives. Similar comments can be made about spiritual practice and, no doubt, some other domains of human knowledge. I…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Aug 26, 2019. 4 Replies

I could have called this ZT Skills, but I don’t like the idea of reducing therapy to a set of skills, as though you could build it up like a set of lego bricks. Rather it is an art. To play music you might need certain abilities with a keyboard or…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Aug 26, 2019. 2 Replies

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…Continue


Started by David Brazier Aug 15, 2019. 0 Replies

In Buddhist psychology, the aim is somewhat different from most Western psychology. The latter aims to make the person self-assertive, self-sufficient, self-esteeming, and even self-entitled. This is expressed in such phrases such as “You deserve…Continue

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Comment by Jan Wizinowich on November 5, 2018 at 23:40

Yes, too good you Jnanamati!! Jnanamati, family and I had a lovely extended coffee session sitting beside the Severn. Lovely family and lovely to see him. Namo Amida Bu, Jan

Comment by David Brazier on November 5, 2018 at 10:37

Nice to see that Jnanamati has now got a web site for his art therapy

Comment by Johnathan Robertson on September 13, 2017 at 13:40

Thank you for the inviting me. These conferences sound very interesting.

Comment by Marianne Jacuzzi on September 12, 2017 at 18:50

Thank you for inviting me to join this group, David. Though I did not attend the Conference, I am very interested in the subject. I look forward to the discussions in this space. With warm wishes, 

Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Francoise Guillot on September 12, 2017 at 18:42
Thank You for being a Part of this community dear David!
Comment by Nati on September 12, 2017 at 17:35

Hello friends. It is a pleasure to join this group  and to have the opportunity of reviewing and sharing what this conference has been.

I feel deeply grateful for having attended, in spite of the long journey, this was a very special experience for me. It is always exciting and very interesting to exchange with people coming from many different parts of the world and see how we are feeling, what we are thinking about, how we are working...

The different sharings and presentations gave me a sensation of softness and openness, a growing attention to body and heart..Unfortunately I could not stay until the end since, after the Refuge ceremony, I felt in need of being by myself for a day..Anyway I want to express my gratitude for the excellent organization, for the great kindness and help I received from everybody, for the good work of the different speakers who inspired me with the different approaches, and I specially would like to express my gratitude to Dharmavidya for having made possible that time so deeply special for me.

Namo Amida Bu

Comment by Ryusho Jeffus on September 12, 2017 at 15:33
In the shared folder on Dropbox I gave places copies of the photos I took during the conference. These include many shots of the abby itself and some obscure places. There are a few short video clips including a portion of the refuge ceremony. There is also a short clip of the evening mist settling on the grounds and the evening warbling of the birds along the roof and in the trees. At the end of that clip one bird alights onto the grass from the tree.
Comment by Minsun Sung on September 12, 2017 at 13:48

Thanks for invitation.  We Korean fellows may want to participate in the next conference as the program developes.  If you have further summary of the 2017 Belgium Conference, please share it with us too. Thank you again!

Comment by Peter Henderson on September 12, 2017 at 9:21

Thanks to everyone who attended the conference. Good to see some familiar faces and meet some new people.  Great range of topics, just sorry we could not attend the whole conference and missed saying goodbye to lots of folks.  Now have some new Facebook friends so will hear about interests and exploits. 

Comment by Sujatin Johnson on September 12, 2017 at 8:52

Thank you - I look forward to hearing more about the conference.


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