22nd June 2022

All times in this Newsletter are Rome time zone

Whatever else, chant.


The next intake on the Buddhist Diploma Programme is 1st February 2023. However, if you enrol now you will gain free access to student seminars every two or three weeks (excepting August) from the date of registration. Seminars are for registered students only and are on Saturdays (10:00 & 20:00 Rome time).
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Saturdays 14:00
Refuge Group
A group for those who have taken refuge.
Puja, Dharma Talk, Sharing, Discussion,
Meeting ID: 833 6526 3186  -:-  Passcode: 353386

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

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


If you are interested in photography, you will be interested in the work of Enrico Natali
Short Film:


John Del Bagno, formerly a founding member of the Triratna centre in San Francisco, has created a website to support Pureland practice with artwork and poems.


There is now a page on the Sky Cloud Mountain site dedicated to listing David's books. Elsewhere on the same site you can find the amazing artwork of Ruby Lee.

 From the garden at Eleusis  -:-  Photo by David Brazier


Originally published in Yenidüzen 

Roportajı yapan: Yılmaz Akgünlü
Yılmaz Akgünlü: As human beings we generally believe that we are intelligent creatures. But in this age, present ecological, social and psychological problems of the world don't imply us as if we are really intelligent. We can do things which destroy nature that we need and our well-being in general. So how is this possible? And what can we do to stop this and become really wise to cure ourselves and the world? What can Buddhism say about it?
David Brazier: We call Buddhism Dharma. The Dharma that I try to follow suggests that the first step in wisdom is to recognise our own foolishness. All religions, in fact, tell us to avoid hubris: to not think of ourselves as gods and masters. While we are trying to pose as better than we are, we make many foolish mistakes. So it would make a big difference if we were a little more humble, a little more modest in our ambition. Humans have tried to conquer nature, but we are part of nature. We are not so different from the aphids that live on a rose bush and multiple until there are so many that the rose bush dies. The aphids can then fly to another bush, but we do not have a second Planet Earth to go to. If we multiplied less, lived more simply, respected other species, did not waste so much, did not try to take so much for ourselves, then we could live in harmony with nature. But this is probably not going to happen, so it is likely that we will face an increasing number of disasters in the foreseeable future. So, short of finding the wisdom to solve the whole situation, we are going to need to find the wisdom to cope with increasing difficulties.
Y.A. : You said we dont have another planet to go to. But we may reborn in another planet or another realm when we die. People may easily believe in this and not worry much about the future of our planet. So can we say that this kind of beliefs make people less sensitive about the situation?
D.B.: Interesting question. But I think most people who believe they are going to be reborn think that it will likely be here on this planet so they are concerned about the future, whereas those who do not believe in rebirth may well think that the future is no real concern for them because they will be dead and gone by the time the situation gets really bad. However, changing tack a little, I think we are on the cusp of a shift in the spirit of the times. We have now lived with a paradigm of inevitable progress for a few centuries. We all grew up in a world in which people believed that their grandchildren will inevitably enjoy a better world, but now, I find, people are less confident. Modern Western culture was built on the idea of linear cultural, scientific and economic progress, whereas most ancient and most Eastern cultures were built either on ideas of gradual decline from a "Golden Age" in the past, or upon the idea of cycles in which things sometimes progress and sometimes regress. One can find both ideas in the background of the Buddha Dharma. I think the Dharma offers a kind of timeless wisdom that can see us through the good times and the bad ones with some equanimity and compassion. In my Zen Therapy book I suggest that this makes it a kind of therapy for the age we live in.
Y.A. : In your Zen Therapy book you say that when people are too anxious about smoking and afraid of dying this will not stop them smoking. On the contrary they smoke more because they will be more anxious. In similar way, doesn't being anxious about the future of the planet lead us to consume more and behave recklessly?
D.B.: That may be true. We need wisdom, compassion, faith and humility, rather than anxiety and fear.
Y.A. : You said we need wisdom, compassion, faith and humility instead of anxiety and fear. So this arouses two questions in my mind.The first question: why is there anxiety and fear in our mind and body? Why has nature created this feeling instead of only positive ones? Second question why is it difficult to achieve wisdom, compassion and all other values?
D.B. : Nature is wiser than we are. Those who did not have fear did not survive. Those who do not experience pain have exceedingly difficult lives. Because of pain you quickly take your hand out of the fire. Because of fear you do not put it into the fire again. Wisdom and compassion can grow quite naturally, but we compound our delusions by following misguided ideals. Wisdom is not a matter of getting rid of pain and fear, but of understanding and respecting them. We say we value awareness, but we do not appreciate how awareness grows out of wariness. If there were no danger, there would be no consciousness. The primitive instinct helps to keep us safe. We misguidedly think that to be an ideal person one must get rid of it, but really there is nothing to get rid of. In the Mahayana Dharma we say “the passions are the bodhi” - wisdom is when we turn around our attitude and realise that there is nothing to get rid of. Then we have the faith to live life naturally.

Y.A. : As I understand from your words a wise person doesnt see any difference between hell and heaven. But for ordinary persons like us it is difficult to maintain this vision all the time. We are easily distracted and begin to see things in a dualistic way. I think most of us see to be a wise person as something boring. By not doing anything wrong we feel life loses its excitement. Heaven is a boring place where people are sitting aimlessley listening tranquil music.
D.B.: I think that the wise person sees heaven as heaven and hell as hell and has a deep rooted acceptance and willingness. If it is heaven, it is heaven; if it is hell, it is hell; if it is exciting, enjoy but don’t get too carried away; if it is boring, relax and enjoy, for it will surely change before long. The awakened person has a higher loyalty to Dharma, so things come and go like scenery on a journey. When you walk in the mountains, sometimes it is uphill and sometimes down, sometimes there is a good view and sometimes all is lost in cloud. The awakened person discerns all this diversity and always has the faith to take the next step. In life there is a multiplicity of experiences, but a single thread of Dharma.

Y.A.: Thank you David for your words which inspire me. I feel that we have to work enthusiasticaly to internalize wisdom. Without work there is no gain. But where to start this journey? We as modern people feel lost most of the time. What can you recomend us to stop this feeling of being lost and turn the right way? This is my last question to this beautifull dialogue.
D.B. : Yes, it is true that the attitudes that nowadays tend to be considered most modern or progressive seem to have created a spiritual wasteland. The countries that are supposedly most advanced are often the ones with the highest suicide rates because, for many people, life has become meaningless. One needs to give one’s life to a higher purpose. Embrace the Dharma; find a teacher; cooperate in a sangha; work together with those who have the most noble aspiration, keep good company, simplify your life and, if possible, live close to nature. Remember some of the old fashioned virtues - gratitude, humility, loyalty, kindness, generosity. Pray, meditate, have simple rituals that remind one of the deeper meaning, respect what is holy and let it reflect in your life. Life is short and it is important that when the death time comes one can look back upon a life well lived, which means a life filled with faith and love
Kaynak: A  Conversation with David Brazier



8-12th August 2022
At Eleusis, Central France  -  In person only

As last summer, a time for relaxed living in good company, sharing poems and other writings over brunch, Dharma discussions, going for walks, good conversation, community, communing with nature in the adjoining 35 acres of meadow and woodland where we hope, eventually, to establish the Oasis 2 Project. A chance to unwind in good company and tranquil surroundings well off the beaten track.

Full board: 30€ per day, lower rate if you stay longer.

13-14th August 2022
At Eleusis, Central France  -  In person & Online

Obon, tamburo
Chiamo gli antenati
Apro le danze!
 - Obon haiku by Angela Romani

This year Global Sangha will celebrate Obon on the second weekend of August, which is also full moon, so this will incorporate the August Upavastha. Some of the event will be online. A more full and comprehensive event will take place at Eleusis, including a visit to the nearby community at Oasis. Nembutsu; chanting; readings; meditation; offerings to the ancestors and spirits; odori dancing and other celebratory activities. In person participants may stay longer if they wish to have some time for relaxation and to enjoy the area.

Full board: 30€ per day
Online: 25€ for the event

15-20th August 2022
At Eleusis, Central France  -  In person only

Of particular interest to those already on or hoping in the future to join the Buddhist Psychology Diploma Programme, but open to all who are interested, the Summer School will include seminars, workshops, experiential groups, demonstrations and discussions. There is no better way to deepen one's understanding and learn and refine skills. The event will be at David Brazier's house in France. Accommodation is limited so this will be a first come, first served, booking. This course is almost full.
Full board: 30€ per day
Book now:
Info: Jisshas <[email protected]>

Please note that Eleusis France has limited accommodation space: Eight people maximum including host. There is, however, plenty of outdoor space if you prefer to camp. Life here is simple and rustic.
Informal visits may also be possible at some other times than for the scheduled programmes.

23rd August to 2nd September

Following on from the Summer School, this is a period for those who wish to stay on, in which to deepen understanding by further practice and supervision. Ticketing is not needed. Simply inform of your intention to stay longer when you receive confirmation of booking for the Summer School. 

22-23rd October 2022

Theme: Therapy as a Spiritual Path for Client & for Therapist.  A presentation of the application of Buddhist psychology in a  number of dimensions; a forum in which to reflect upon the spiritual path from a psychological point of view and the psychological work from a spiritual perspective. 
Content: talks, seminars, master class demonstration, groupwork, "Dharma à Deux", case presentation and discussion.  Theoretical material will be presented and there will also be experiential workshops so participants should be willing to share material about personal life and agree to respect the confidentiality of others.  
Suitable for: The weekend is open to anybody interested both in understanding their own life and relationships better and in the therapeutic process and how this relates to the spiritual path in a Buddhist approach.
Tickets <>

8-11th December 2022

On 8th December we celebrate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. On the three days following we shall have periods of practice and presentations of applications of Dharma faith and practice. The theme of "Healing the Heart" invites us to consider both the transformation of the practitioner on the bodhisattva path and also the need for healing of our world and our planet.

21-22nd January 2023

Details to be announced. A good preparation for new students planning to join the Buddhist Psychology Diploma programme on 1st February and a valuable experience for students already on the programme. Also open to all.



The next intake is for 1st February 2023. You can register now.
1st February 2023 to 30th April 2025 

A unique and in many cases life changing opportunity to work with a highly talented team, to develop skills and knowledge and to contribute to the on-going development of applied Buddhist psychology.

Theme: Dharma as therapy and therapy as a spiritual path for client & for therapist.  This unusual programme, that has been run in Korean, Spanish and English,  based primarily upon the work of Dr. David Brazier, has been developing over three decades. The programme is continuously revised and updated in the light of changing circumstances (covid, etc.), student experience, and new research and studies. The programme presents Buddhist teachings as a psychological medium. This is not a course on using Buddhist methods in a framework of Western values, but rather an in-depth examination of Buddhist wisdom applied as psychology:  the spiritual path from a psychological point of view and  psychological work from a spiritual perspective. 
Format: The programme consists of
  • study material: each semester includes twelve lessons grouped into four study units, presented on dedicated web pages with associated experiential exercises for students to perform and report back on
  • co-operative learning - students see and comment on each other's work.
  • seminars by zoom every two or three weeks led by staff with time for student inter-action.
  • individual tutorial sessions.
  • peer learning and practice groups and pairings.
  • three on-line weekend workshops per year with lectures, case presentation, experiential groupwork and topic discussions.

The study materials introduce the major Buddhist teachings common to most schools of Buddhism presented as psychology, showing their applications in personal practice, interpersonal work, psychotherapy and society. The material is quite extensive and requires a minimum of three hours per week.

Suitable for: This is a programme for therapists who want to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist perspective,  for Buddhist practitioners wishing to learn a therapeutic and inter-personal way of applying the Buddhist teachings, and for all wishing to deepen their insight into their own lives and relationships with others.
Dr David Brazier, psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher, author/editor of a 14 books including Zen Therapy and many other writings. Co-editor of the Oxford Manual of Meditation. English living in France.
Dr. Iris Dotan Katz, clinical psychologist with a private practice in Tel Aviv has many years of experience in Zen and Pureland Buddhism and in socially engaged action and peacemaking.
Dr. Yaya de Andrade, retired psychologist now with the Red Cross, with special interest working with indigenous, refugees, and other groups. She has worked extensively with populations recovering from major disasters around the world.
Kimiko Nita, clinical psychologist, specialises in work with children and young adults, has a private practice for adult clients in Tokyo, and a special interest in Naikan therapy. 
Dr. Priti Vaishnav, from India, who has extensive experience in working in areas of social distress around the world, will participate and also offer administrative support

Fees: In line with Buddhist principles of dana all the staff give their time and expertise freely and voluntarily. Funds raised are used to support Buddhist inspired projects. The suggested contribution is £200 per semester. Other donations are gratefully accepted.
To book:


Photo by David  Brazier

Sent to his supporter Kenezane on the occasion of his (Honen) being sent into exile when they probably expected never to see each other again.

Though far from one another,
just as dew disappears,
our bodies pass away,
nonetheless, our spirits always turn
toward that single lotus throne.


Reprinted from Buddhist Door Global

Buddhists in Hong Kong have donated essential items to vulnerable families in Sri Lanka, which is experiencing its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. 
The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong (BDCHK) has raised funds to help families secure daily essentials, such as food, medicines, and other necessities. A portion of the funds raised will also be donated to educational institutions in Sri Lanka that are experiencing financial difficulties after the Sri Lankan government abruptly terminated or reduced pledged grants.
According to the BDCHK Facebook page, rice, lentils, cooking oil, and other items worth 7,000 rupees (US$20) have been distributed to 900 needy families in three distribution batches, under the direction of the BDCHK, a charitable institution

In an open letter published on Friday, BDCHK director Ven. Prof. K. L. Dhammajoti stated:
Firstly, on behalf of the Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong (BDCHK), I’d like to express my deepest appreciation for your kind support of our “Sri Lanka Relief Fund”, launched on 27 April 2022. I have been deeply touched with the positive and compassionate response from so many of you! Within the short span of about just one and a half month, we have collected around one and a half million HK dollars to date.Please rest assured that everything in the project is being handled transparently. By now, we have sent around HKD400,000/- to Sri Lanka for distribution of food items in eight villages.

The state of America

Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse: A metaphor that occasionally occurs in Chinese culture is that of the token. It also appears in the Blue Cliff Record, a collection of Zen koans. In Chinese culture a token was sometimes used to represent a relationship. So if two lovers had to separate for a long period of time, they might take a jade coin and break it in two, each taking one half. Each hopes that the other doesn't fall in love with someone else during their separation and that they will be joined again and the two halves of the token will come back together. In a way, we all suffer with half a token. But to conclude that no other half is possible is to give up and accept that condition as the only possibility. 

Zen is a wisdom tradition, passed on from teacher to student, transmitted face to face. When the conversation takes place the tradition continues forward and we could say that each time this happens the token is made whole. 

As I write this blog on June 10, 2022, the first House Committee has just presented it's first public finding on the January 6th Insurrection. There is a tension and anxiety in America. The country has never been more divided so we could say the token is currently broken. Will the token be made whole again? I don't know the answer. 


Eleusis: The climate has so changed that I am going to have a go at growing sugar cane. Whether it will survive the winter remains to be seen. Meanwhile we have alternating heatwaves and electric storms. Everything is growing. The raspberries are still producing a full bowl a day. I have also planted a mirabellier in the yard.

Oasis: Eve Bedu died in hospital on 17th June. She is the second resident to have died in the eleven years of the community.

DB: My good friend Eve has passed on. She was a wonderful, ever cheerful companion. I shall miss her. I am sure that her goodheartedness will have taken her to the Pure Abodes.


ATJ: On behalf of Lama Seunam ( Alain Bedu, Eve's husband) Lama Sherab Namdreul  and all the residents of Oasis, I wish to inform you of Bedu Eve's demise. She passed away last night after several weeks in hospital. She could go peacefully after having been cared for by her husband and all her friends at Oasis.  We shall be very thankful if you could keep her in your thoughts and your prayers. 
With our respect and gratitude. 
Annette Tamuly Jung


We had a small ceremony this afternoon (20th June), in memory of Eve. On Thursday, we shall be present at the crematorium in Yzeure, near Moulins.


All times are Rome time zone

Every day 06:30-06:50
Nembutsu Chanting
- Geeta Chari

Tuesday 17:00-18:00, 14th June & every two weeks
Italian Class
- Angela Romani
This meeting is suspended for the summer break

Thursdays 16:30
Readings from the Commentary on the Summary of Faith & Practice
- Dharmavidya & Priti Vaishnav
Meeting ID: 865 6362 0686  -:-  Passcode: 274590
This meeting will take a summer break from mid-July until September.

Thursday  14:30, 16th June & every two weeks
IBAP Group / BP Diploma Tutors Meeting *

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 23rd June & every two weeks
ITZI Supervision Group **
- Iris Dotan Katz
For presentation, review and discussion of counselling/psychotherapy casework from a Buddhist psychology perspective.

Fridays  19:30 until 24th July, then summer break until 5th September
Amitabha Service For the West 
- Vajrapala & Angela Romani
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209   -:-   Passcode: 137836

Saturday 10:00 & 20:00, 16th July
Buddhist Psychology Seminars *
For students on BP course

Saturdays 14:00
Refuge Group *
A group for those who have taken refuge**.
Puja, Dharma Talk, Sharing, Discussion,
Meeting ID: 833 6526 3186  -:-  Passcode: 353386

Saturday 9th July
Upavastha: Full Moon Sangha Day
11:00 Dharma Ocean Seminar
14:30 Programme of puja, readings, meditation, & chanting until evening  -:-  Meeting ID: 879 5343 9118  -:-  Passcode: 804176

Sabado 16:30
Encuentro de la Sangha en español y servicio.

Guiado por Ganendra.
Por zoom.
Para asistir, escribir por whatsapp a +34 620265962.

Sundays 10:30,
Global Sangha Interest Group
- Liz Allmark
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

Sunday 3rd July 12:30
Golden Chain Meeting *

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

Weekend 22-23 October
"Encounter & Path" 
A weekend of Buddhist Psychology

David Brazier, Iris Dotan Katz, Kimiko Nita, Yaya de Andrade & Natividad Menendez 

* Codes separately notified
** Details from Jisshas <[email protected]>


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