GLOBAL SANGHA NEWSLETTER 114

4th May 2022

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I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as
they are looking for the experience of being alive. 
- Joseph Campbell


TAKING REFUGE IN THE SANGHA

David Brazier: On Saturdays at 14:00 Rome we have an online group called the Refuge Group. This was the first group established by the community that became Global Sangha and it is still going. The format of the group now includes nembutsu chanting, a puja, a short Dharma talk, sharing, and discussion. This has, heretofore, been a closed group, but we have now decided to make it an open group, so do come and join us, especially if you are thinking of taking refuge with Global Sangha. This is an opportunity to practise together and to get to deeper relationships with other sangha members. Next Saturday the speaker will be Geeta Chari.

Sudha Venkatesh: I am so greatful for Amida's support every day in my life. The chanting is continuing effortlessly. Sometimes it breaks, but it comes back. It supports my life in general. I am so thankful for that. I am trying to offer everything to Amida. It makes me free.
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In the Woods at Eleusis  -:-  Photo by Iris Dotan Katz

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SUMMER SCHOOL IN FRANCE

8-12th August 2022
POETIC WEEK
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
OBON: CELEBRATION OF FAMILY & ANCESTORS
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
BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY SUMMER SCHOOL
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: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha/677962/
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.


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BUDDHIST PSYCHOTHERAPY

Geeta Chari: It is noteworthy that, in Western culture, a person who has no problem in respecting others and who can handle a situation without self-consciousness is deemed to be someone who 'possesses' self-esteem and self-confidence. The irony is that it is the relative absence of self in such a person, compared to others, that highlights these qualities. Their self is not always getting in the way when they interact with others - they can allow the other to remain 'the other'. They do not seek to know or control all aspects of the other. I suspect that these prefixes of 'self-' were - rather recently in the West - attached to qualities that everyone wants. This was the first step in commercialising courses, books, products that promise to bestow these desirable qualities on those willing to engage in a quantifiable transaction. In my opinion, these are ineffable qualities that are rightly deemed 'selfless' in Buddhist psychology, however much some in the West may label them as aspects of a strong ego. 

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ELEUSIS / OASIS NEWS

David Brazier: The lilacs are in bloom, looking very fine. The daffodils and tulips are over. The big may tree to the north of the house is a cascade of lovely white flowers and other may trees all over the site are in bloom. The forest is still full of bluebells. As a visitor said on Monday "C'est un paradis." The grass has been growing, so there is a lot to mow. In fact, all the plants are in the midst of their spring growth spurt. It is an exciting time to be alive, especially if you are a periwinkle or a rose bush. And we now have one serious contender to become a member of Oasis 2.

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Photo by Nando Maril

DHARMA OCEAN COURSE

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 spring semester there are study units covering the transmission of the  teaching  in China. We have just started studying the post-Tang period when Pureland societies proliferated and forms of practice suitable for lay people came into prominence. 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:


DHARMA IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Robert Joshin Althouse: Difficult times are an opportunity to deepen our spiritual path and practice, to dig down and ground ourselves in meditation or prayer. Take time to be still, to be quiet and listen. Then get up and go outside. Take a walk. There are seasons for everything. The rhythms of change may be large or small, slow or fast. Appreciate the cycles of light and dark, gain and loss. Our world is sacred, timeless and vast. It can be a source of solace for us during times of rapid change if we know how and where to look.
https://www.zlmc.org


LA SANGHA EN ESPAÑA

Ganendra Oscar Martinez: Hola, esperamos que te encuentres bien. Te escribimos para informarte de las actividades que hemos programado para los próximos meses.

del 24 al 26 de junio
Retiro residencial de Mindfulness y Compasión.
"Vivir con corazón en un mundo incierto".Guiado por Óscar Martinez Zulueta y Patricia de la Fuente. El retiro se celebrará en Haro, La Rioja. 
Mas información: https://mcusercontent.com/2f8659c863da279c8963fff07/files/97300ce0-632a-d239-a763-af25e7a4794e/retiro_de_mindfulness_y_compasio_n.pdf

del 22 al 25 de julio
una nueva edición del programa Mindfulness y Auto-Compasión (MSC) en formato intensivo, en Bilbao.Esta es una gran oportunidad de aprender a a tratarnos con consciencia y amabilidad. 
Mas información: https://mcusercontent.com/2f8659c863da279c8963fff07/files/0cf398bf-613b-a12f-7363-d6eeb731304f/MSC_Bilbao_julio_22.02.pdf

Información e inscripciones: Ahora Centro de Psicologia y Consciencia Plena,
Teléfono: 945 12 09 48 y 620 265 962.
Correo electrónico: [email protected]


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Music enables us to maintain our rapport with the beyond

















BOOK REVIEW
Zen Therapy

Charles Thornely: In this subtly powerful book, the author addresses the psychoses, the neuroses and affilictions that few of us are spared in todays fast-moving and ever-changing society.

As a Buddhist practitioner and experienced psychotherapist strongly influenced by Carl Rogers, Mr Brazier talks us through how the process of therapy  can be enhanced by the humility, openness, & unconditional respect of the practitioner (working, of course, with the client as a co-traveller on life's journey.) In contrast to the reliance on the  sacred cows of much modern psychology such as "MY life","My rights", etc., he offers a deeper and far more profound hope for sufferers by letting go and probing beneath the symptoms to rediscover one's original spontaneous nature, one's humanity, one's connectedness, even one's vulnerability, the source of all healing.

Written engagingly with a quiet authority, the book is highly recommended for anyone involved in psychotherapy (officially or informally),for those interested in discovering more regarding Buddhist concepts and philosophy, and for any spiritual seekers who sense a void at the heart of everyday life. This book, devoid of sentimentality, but most empathetic in tone and flavour, offers enormous hope and encouragement.

https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Therapy-Buddhist-Approach-Psychotherapy/dp/1841193526


WORDS OF HONEN SHONIN

“To talk about the profound meaning of Nembutsu is rather superficial. (Pursuing the profound meaning of Nembutsu too much often ends in shallow understanding.) Have a profound wish to be born in the Pure Land, instead of pursuing the profound meaning, and you will surely attain the Birth.”


POETRY CORNER

Little Brass Bell - Liz Allmark

In the shape of a girl
With a long skirt 
And plaits,
A bygone of another age
Found locally
In a junk shop
But in this time
And place,
Quite unique.
It speaks of times
Past,
Of people
Past,
Who used the bell?
For what purpose?
A woman summoning a maid?
A woman in bed asking for help?
Or just a pleasant ornament
On a shelf
To be used 
As and when necessary.
So many ideas
In a bell.


There was a Child Went Forth - Walt Whitman, 1856

Yaya de AndradeToday we discussed this text and I think you must publish it in the newsletter so the Global Sangha will read it.

There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became,
And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month lambs and the sow's pink-faint litter, and the mare's foal and the cow's calf,
And the noisy brood of the barnyard or by the mire of the pond- side,
And the fish suspending themselves so curiously below there, and the beautiful curious liquid,
And the water-plants with their graceful flat heads, all became part of him.
The field-sprouts of Fourth-month and Fifth-month became part of him,
Winter-grain sprouts and those of the light-yellow corn, and the esculent roots of the garden,
And the apple-trees cover'd with blossoms and the fruit afterward, and wood-berries, and the commonest weeds by the road,
And the old drunkard staggering home from the outhouse of the tavern whence he had lately risen,
And the schoolmistress that pass'd on her way to the school,
And the friendly boys that pass'd, and the quarrelsome boys,
And the tidy and fresh-cheek'd girls, and the barefoot negro boy and girl,
And all the changes of city and country wherever he went.
His own parents, he that had father'd him and she that had con- ceiv'd him in her womb and birth'd him,
They gave this child more of themselves than that,
They gave him afterward every day, they became part of him.
The mother at home quietly placing the dishes on the supper- table,
The mother with mild words, clean her cap and gown, a whole- some odor falling off her person and clothes as she walks by,
The father, strong, self-sufficient, manly, mean, anger'd, unjust,
The blow, the quick loud word, the tight bargain, the crafty lure,
The family usages, the language, the company, the furniture, the yearning and swelling heart,
Affection that will not be gainsay'd, the sense of what is real, the thought if after all it should prove unreal,
The doubts of day-time and the doubts of night-time, the curious whether and how,
Whether that which appears so is so, or is it all flashes and specks?
Men and women crowding fast in the streets, if they are not flashes and specks what are they?
The streets themselves and the façades of houses, and goods in the windows,
Vehicles, teams, the heavy-plank'd wharves, the huge crossing at the ferries,
The village on the highland seen from afar at sunset, the river between,
Shadows, aureola and mist, the light falling on roofs and gables of white or brown two miles off,
The schooner near by sleepily dropping down the tide, the little boat slack-tow'd astern,
The hurrying tumbling waves, quick-broken crests, slapping,
The strata of color'd clouds, the long bar of maroon-tint away solitary by itself, the spread of purity it lies motionless in,
The horizon's edge, the flying sea-crow, the fragrance of salt marsh and shore mud,
These became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.




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DIARY  
All times are Rome time zone


Tuesday 17:00-18:00, 17th May & every two weeks
Italian Class
- Angela Romani
https://bit.ly/3yxLd3Z  -:-  Meeting ID: 889 9850 0278  -:-  Passcode: 515887

Tuesday 18:00-19:00, 10th May & every two weeks
Italian Meeting - Incontro Italiano
- Angela Romani
Incontro di pratica e condivisione
Dettagli da Jisshas <[email protected]>

Wednesday  21:00, 4th May & every two weeks
Dharma Bud: Peer learning and Dharma discussion
- Geeta Chari
https://bit.ly/3i5PhTS  -:-  Meeting ID: 858 9773 3604  -:-  Passcode: 108108 

Thursdays 16:30
Readings from the Commentary on the Summary of Faith & Practice
- Dharmavidya & Priti Vaishnav
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86563620686?pwd=OUh4L25zbHl6SEpFWW9LT3o5YnVVZz09
Meeting ID: 865 6362 0686  -:-  Passcode: 274590

Thursday  14:30, 5th May & every two weeks
IBAP Group / BP Diploma Tutors Meeting *

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 12th May & 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
Amitabha Service For the West 
- Vajrapala & Angela Romani
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89480699209?pwd=enBHS3RYWVZxN1FyUGthZ1o0cVdFZz09
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209   -:-   Passcode: 137836

Saturday 10:00 & 20:00, 7th May
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,

Saturday 14th May
Upavastha: Full Moon Sangha Day
https://bit.ly/3rQMToL  -:-  Meeting ID: 879 5343 9118  -:-  Passcode: 804176

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

Guiado por Ganendra.
Por zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81138990223?pwd=dmNZU3VmRTRhUjBobVdnMjhuV3NYUT09
Para asistir, escribir por whatsapp a +34 620265962.

Sundays 10:30,
Global Sangha Interest Group
Next meeting theme: Buddhism & Ecology
- Liz Allmark
An informal meeting for all.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88974912642?pwd=N2VyQnc0MUM4WUU0YTFTdCt0QWVmQT09
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

Sundays 20:00
GS Friendship Group
An informal meeting for all
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394084532?pwd=eEY3eUhHcjN0b0xLanZXcTNqVmVzdz09
Meeting ID: 873 9408 4532  -:-  Passcode: 519784

Weekend 28-29 May
"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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GENERAL

Jisshas <[email protected]> - for all general enquiries
Tickets <https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha> - to book courses


DONATE

If you would like to support my work of facilitating the sangha and especially of assisting people to come to Eleusis in France for teachings,  the simplest way is to make a donation via Ko-Fi https://ko-fi.com/feelingbuddha
You will also find a wealth of interesting articles there curated by Geeta Chari.


USEFUL LINKS

Global Sangha Web Site: https://www.globalsangha.net/
Recent Audio Podcasts: https://eleusis.ning.com/notes/LATEST_PODCAST_AUDIO 
Dharma Ocean Buddhist Studies Programme <[email protected]>,
The Feeling Buddha on KoFi: https://ko-fi.com/feelingbuddha
Tickets for Events: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha
Spain: Ahora, Centro de Psicologia y Consciencia Plena: [email protected] Teléfono: 945120948 y 620265962

IBAP & Buddhist Psychology Programme
(English) Dharmavidya <dharmavidya&fastmail.fm>,
(Español) Nati Menendez <[email protected]>,
ITZI: https://zen-therapy.org/

GS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/710544479619937
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Dharmavidya: [email protected]
Dharmavidya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidbrazierauthor/
Dharmavidya website: http://eleusis.ning.com
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GLOBAL SANGHA CONTACT PEOPLE BY REGION

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]>,


You can see other Global Sangha materials, past podcasts and articles via : https://eleusis.ning.com/notes/GLOBAL_SANGHA_INDEX

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