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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

I Became a Buddhist!

David and I were talking in the car during our 12 hours traveling to Spain. As David has written (see Eleusis Daily) we talked about lots of things.

I told David how I am looking forward to meeting the people of the Amida Sangha. I still feel a deep connection with my own sangha in Den Bosch, in Holland, but I do want to be involved in the Amida Sanga and the Amida order.…

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Added by Elja Stoel on November 12, 2015 at 13:07 — 6 Comments

The grace of happiness in November

In the corner of the ‘sun-trap-field you will find the entire universe…

Look at that!

Dragonfly and Blackthorn,

blue sky and butterfly,

greenhills and yellow flowers,

what a treasures in november...

White clouds and forest lining the horizon, endless view covered with a blue cupola…

What a grace in november……

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Added by Elja Stoel on November 9, 2015 at 15:00 — No 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

TO DO THE DISHES AND FALL IN LOVE

One week at Eleusis

A week at Eleusis… it was quite an experience! I came by train and arrived rather late at the station in St. Amand Montrond Orval. David picked me up at the station and drove me to the house. We drank a cup of tea and then I went to to bed. So, basically, my time at Eleusis started with the morning meditation.

The morning meditation was impressive for me. The meditation I am used to is zen, so I was not familiar with chants and a lot of recitation. I…

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Added by Elja Stoel on September 15, 2015 at 12:00 — 4 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

Lovely time in Eleusis

Back in Spain, I am realising of the powerful energy of Eleusis, its rythm, its sangha, its spaces, its people... I really think that it is a good place to be for a while. In a short period of time it has triggered many interesting processes in me. Not only this; it has also given a frame of respect and support; it has let those personal processes evolve with their own pace.

I am very thanked to the kindness and generosity to each and everyone that I have met here. Specially the…

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Added by José Luis Poveda on September 19, 2013 at 19:38 — 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

Thank you all Dharma companions for these lovely and insightful days. I am sad because of your departure. But I also feel that each space created by each of you will last for long time. May we all re…

Thank you all Dharma companions for these lovely and insightful days. I am sad because of your departure. But I also feel that each space created by each of you will last for long time. May we all remember our morning service "Strive diligently! Attain Nirvana!". Namo Amida Bu. Homage to him, the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Fully-Enlightened One.

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Added by José Luis Poveda on June 29, 2013 at 15:20 — 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

Unexpected surprises in Eleusis

Sentarse en zazen y que un minuto después comience a sonar una melodía inesperada de shakuhachi real... ¿qué más puede uno pedir?
Sorpresas de Eleusis/ITZI

To sit in zazen and just one minute after a real shakuhachi melody starts... what else can one expect?
Unexpected surprises in Eleusis/ITZI

Added by José Luis Poveda on June 19, 2013 at 21:24 — No Comments

Hola amig@s: Hace nueve días llegué a Eleusis. Tras un par de días de trabajo para preparar el templo para los talleres venideros, hemos pasado cuatro días realizando un taller de Terapia Zen. Para m…

Hola amig@s:

Hace nueve días llegué a Eleusis. Tras un par de días de trabajo para preparar el templo para los talleres venideros, hemos pasado cuatro días realizando un taller de Terapia Zen. Para mí este tiempo, aunque ha sido corto, hasta ahora ha sido muy intenso. De hecho estoy un poco 'puzzled' porque se han despertado rápidamente en mi procesos que en otras ocasiones han tardado mucho más tiempo.

A nivel humano, el ambiente es incomparable. La calidez y proximidad de…

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Added by José Luis Poveda on June 17, 2013 at 23:39 — No Comments

Events

ITZI Conference 2019

PODCASTS

In 2020 I sent out 108 5 minute podcasts .  These have all been transcribed and the transcriptions have been translated into several European languages.  This series is indexed at Podcast Index

A new series of "Global Sanha Podcasts" has now started and transcripts and translations can be accesses via the Global Sangha Index.

The most recent audio podcasts are here

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