23rd February 2022

Brittany North Coast  -:-  Photo by David Brazier


In this items I would like to suggest that the currently popular strategy of adapting Buddhism to contemporary modernist, secular, predominantly Western culture, although popular in the short run, may be misguided in the longer term as it implies that the culture that we modern people have is best and so, in order to be acceptable, Buddhism should reform and conform. In fact, however, many people will be aware that the culture we have is deeply flawed and is precipitating us toward disaster. It is unlikely that Buddhism can avert such a disaster because it does not have the necessary sway or influence. The role of Buddhism in the present phase should, therefore, be to assert and bear witness to a different vision Against the time when the current social equation begins to break down.

Buddhism is
- a teaching of harmony with the natural world.
- instead of praising ever more complexity, the Dharma advocates a simpler life that puts less stress upon the world's resources.
- it is respectful: a teaching that values the wise members of society.
- it honours tradition and does not chase newness for its own sake.
- Buddhism says, "small is beautiful": it is in favour of small scale communities, crafts and enterprises
- it is devotional and respectful of all religions and spiritual paths that practise peace
- it advocates a gift culture in which generosity and hospitality are fundamental virtues
- it is non-punitive: in favour of education and reform rather than punishment and vengeance
- it is psychologically sophisticated, but is not simply a set of mind tools.

Liz Allmark writes: "In Buddhism we understand the idea of community, of sangha. We value our relationships with others. We put the concern of others ahead of ourselves. We are not the most important person in the universe. There are others with whom we share this planet - we are part of the same community. We are grateful for the many blessings we receive and believe in sharing these with others to the best of our ability. These basic attitudes underly a spirit of generosity and altruism and also in the belief of something greater than ourselves which is more important in our lives. We view ourselves only as another person in the world and not the one of primary importance. We understand that there is something greater than ourselves which will support us, honour us and accept us just as we are."


Today's podcast is of interest both to the Dharma Ocean and to the Buddhist Psychology students, being concerned with how Buddhism came to China. See link above.


Both meetings are informal meetings for friendly discussion among Dharma practitioners on topical or personal matters.

Sunday 10:30 Interest Group
An informal meeting for all.
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

Sunday 20:00,  GS Friendship Group
An informal meeting for all
Meeting ID: 873 9408 4532  -:-  Passcode: 519784

Inside La latte Castle -:-  Photo by David Brazier


A small group are studying the history of the tradition. Last autumn we studied the transmission in India in the early centuries following the life of the Buddha. In the semester that is just starting there are study units covering the transmission of the teaching in China from the beginning of the common era up to the medieval period (13th century). This is a good course for gaining a deeper understanding of the way that the Dharma has spread and adapted to changing historical and social conditions. You can
still join this course: Tickets <>

Photo by David Brazier


Shan Tao was the greatest of the Pure Land masters in China. He came from north China and became a monk at an early age. He studied the Mahayana sutras, especially the Lotus and the Vimalakirti. His monastic training was rather strict and hard. However, he was of a sensitive and artistic temperament. One day he saw a picture of the Pure Land and realised that spiritual practice did not have to be severely ascetic. He went to visit Mount Lu for new inspiration. This led him to practise the visualisation of Amitabha in accordance with the Pratyutpanna Samadhi. When he was about twenty he became a disciple of Tao Cho and started doing the visualisations in the Contemplation Sutra and eventually had a vision of the Pure Land.

He then went to the capital, Chang An, and became extremely successful in spreading the Dharma. He is said to have copied the Smaller Sutra a hundred thousand times and to have made more than three hundred paintings of the Pure Land. These were taken as icons by devotees. Shan Tao’s teaching reflected his deep knowledge of the sutras, but was most fundamentally grounded in his own spiritual experiences.

We shall be learning more about him in the Dharma Ocean course.



Photo by Carol English


All times are Rome time zone

Tuesday 17:00-18:00, 22nd February & every two weeks
Italian Class
- Angela Romani  -:-  Meeting ID: 889 9850 0278  -:-  Passcode: 515887

Tuesday 18:00-19:00, 1st March & every two weeks
Italian Meeting - Incontro Italiano
- Angela Romani
Incontro di pratica e condivisione
Dettagli da Jisshas <[email protected]>

Wednesday  21:00, 23rd Feb & every two weeks
Dharma Bud: Peer learning and Dharma discussion
- Geeta Chari  -:-  Meeting ID: 858 9773 3604  -:-  Passcode: 108108 

Thursdays 16:30,
Readings from the Commentary on the Summary of Faith & Practice
- Dharmavidya & Priti Vaishnav
Meeting ID: 865 6362 0686  -:-  Passcode: 274590

Thursday  14:30, 24th February & every two weeks
IBAP Group
Codes separately notified

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 3rd March & every two weeks
ITZI Supervision Group
- Iris Dotan Katz
For presentation, review and discussion of counselling/psychotherapy casework from a Buddhist psychology perspective.
Meeting ID: 818 8810 0021  -:-  Passcode: 153110

Fridays  19:30
Amitabha Service For the West 
- Vajrapala & Angela Romani
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209   -:-   Passcode: 137836

Saturday 14:00, 19th February
Refuge Group
A group for those who have taken refuge. To join, please enquire via jisshas.
Codes separately notified.

Saturday 19th March 
Uposattha Sangha Day
Including Dharma Ocean Seminar. Programme to be announced.
Sangha meetings, readings, sharing, puja, meditation & chanting
Tickets <>
Free to students on BP & DO courses.

Saturday 10:00 & 20:00, 26th February
Buddhist Psychology Seminar "Buddhist Psychology as Learning theory"
For students on BP course: codes separately notified

Sundays 10:30,
Global Sangha Interest Group
- Liz Allmark
An informal meeting for all.
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

Sunday 12:30, 13th February
Golden Chain Meeting
Codes separately notified 

Sundays 20:00
GS Friendship Group
An informal meeting for all
Meeting ID: 873 9408 4532  -:-  Passcode: 519784


Jisshas <[email protected]> - for all general enquiries
Tickets <> - to book courses


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You will also find a wealth of interesting articles there curated by Geeta Chari.


Global Sangha Web Site:
Recent Audio Podcasts: 
Dharma Ocean Buddhist Studies Programme <[email protected]>,
The Feeling Buddha on KoFi:
Tickets for Events:

IBAP & Buddhist Psychology Programme
(English) Dharmavidya <dharmavidya&>,
(Español) Nati Menendez <[email protected]>,

GS on Facebook:
GS at Eleusis:
Dharmavidya: [email protected]
Dharmavidya on Facebook:
Dharmavidya website:
Zen & Now - the musical


Worldwide: Jisshas <[email protected]>,  
United Kingdom: Geeta Chari <[email protected]>,
France: Dharmavidya <[email protected]>,
Spain Pais Vasco: Ganendra <[email protected]>,
Spain Pais Vasco: Sonia Gobbato <[email protected]>
Spain: Nati Menendez <[email protected]>,
Italy: Angela Romani <[email protected]>
Latin America: Maya Choi <[email protected]>,
USA: Carol Corey <[email protected]>
Africa: Juline Smit <[email protected]>,
Israel: Iris Dotan Katz <[email protected]>,
India: Priti Vaishnav <[email protected]>,
Hong Kong: Nando Maril <[email protected]>,
Japan: Nita Kimiko <[email protected]>,

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