December 2021

This issue's picture theme is cloud, mountain and water  -:-  Photo by David Brazier

 "Mindful of the Past: Faith in the Future"

Planning is starting for the New Year Retreat, 31st December to 4th January. There will be a range of interesting inputs on practice, writing, poetry, psychotherapy, parallels with other spiritual traditions and other subjects as well as Dharma talks, practice periods, sangha discussions and celebrations of anniversaries falling in that period.

4th December 2021

We had a wonderful Bodhi Day with a good attendance by people from a dozen different countries. It began with Kuvalaya leading us in a morning service and Angela following on with chanting practice.  Then there were excellent talks by Geeta who, within the context of talking about the Heart Sutra, shared recent events that illustrate the loving and generous co-operation between sangha members; and Annetta who spoke about her work with people suffering from dementia, bringing out how vulnerable people in this position are, aspects of caring for people as people rather than as cases, and leaving us with thoughts about sensitivity in all interpersonal relationships. Dharmavidya then shared a poem, stimulating important reflections about the spiritual path and Kimiko Nita shared the story of how her involvement in Pureland Buddhism changed her approach to her work as a psychotherapist. Iris and Yaya then conducted a dialogue bringing out their contrasting approaches and thinking about being a Buddhist psychologist or a psychologist influenced by Buddhism. This stimulated a lot of discussion. Kuvalaya facilitated discussions and she and Dharmavidya conducted ceremonies. A very satisfying day.


Maya's Mountain in Ecuador


Distance Learning On-line Programme 
Beginning 1st February 2022

The course beginning in February is a two year programme delivered in four semesters each of four units.  The first semester begins 1st February 2022 and runs to the summer. Each unit contains three sections of study material with accompanying exercises.

The programme involves
- study material provided on line on dedicated private web pages
- some pre-recorded lectures
- live seminars via zoom
- exercises to do in one's own time and report back on
- assignments from time to time to check understanding
- discussion with tutors and other students

It is a co-operative learning programme.  Students see each other's work and have plenty of scope for getting to know one another and for discussion of topics and experience.

The material is both theoretical and practical and is extensive. One should allow for a time commitment of minimum three hours per week.

The content of the course covers major Buddhist psychological theory and its relevance to daily life and to psychotherapy practice. One does not have to be a psychotherapist to do the course, but therapists and others in human relations work will generally get most from it as they will be able to apply the principles in their work.

This is a course of Buddhist principles applied as psychology. It is not really an integration of Western and Buddhist psychology, though comparisons are made throughout.  It covers the material in the books Zen Therapy and The Feeling Buddha and other works by David Brazier and others plus a good deal more:
- dependent origination
- different forms of conditioning of the mind
- the skandha cycle and Buddhist psychological analysis
- Buddhist work with strong emotions
- dukkha and its transformation
- calm and insight
- the role of faith, purpose and refuge
- styles of Dharma-based psychotherapy
- sudden awakening and gradual cultivation
and many other similar topics.

The proposed fee is £200 per semester.

Tickets <>

Chögyam Trungpa

"If we do not know the material with which we are working, then our study is useless; speculations about the goal become mere fantasy. These speculations may take the form of advanced ideas and descriptions of spiritual experiences, but they only exploit the weaker aspects of human nature, our expectations and desires to see and hear something colorful, something extraordinary. If we begin our study with these dreams of extraordinary, “enlightening,” and dramatic experiences, then we will build up our expectations and preconceptions so that later, when we are actually working on the path, our minds will be occupied largely with what will be rather than with what is. It is destructive and not fair to people to play on their weaknesses, their expectations and dreams, rather than to present the realistic starting point of what they are."
- Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism p 143 ~

Kumagai Naozane

The end of the 12th century was an increasingly tumultuous time in Japan, and as a result, many elite monks and aristocrats took solace in Buddhist practice on Kōyasan, the holy mountain of the Shingon (Tantric Buddhism) School aspiring to leave this defiled realm for the Pure Land. Manywarriors disaffected with the violence that was spreading across the country made the journey to the mountain. One of the most famous examples is Kumagai Naozane 熊谷直実 (1141-1208). Kumagai studied the nenbutsu under Hōnen, and established a stupa in his honor near the Okuno-in, the tomb of Kūkai. Today a temple on Kōyasan named Kumagaiji is dedicated to Kumagai Naozane, whose monastic name was Rensei 蓮生. At this temple, in addition to a large statue of the Buddha Amitābha, an even larger statue of Hōnen takes the central position as the temple’s honzon. To the right of Hōnen are the major teachers of the Japanese Pure Land tradition including Shinran, Ippen, and Rennyō as well as Shinran’s wife, Eshinni.


DB: I am now in Torino in northern Italy.  It is snowing this morning.  I drove through a lot of snow on the way here in southern France, and then, by contrast, along the Mediterranean coast.  I shall be here three weeks seeing sangha and running a seminar. It is good to be visiting friends.

 "Clear Weather After The Snow"
woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)



The mind, pure as the dust of bones, cries out
the Name bestowed by grace; and we who stand
in reverence can also add our shout
as now the Buddha takes us by the hand
to lead us to that paradise beyond
where broken bodies can repay the debt
of gratitude and ardently respond
midst beams of gold before the sun has set. 
 - DB


Force invisible et toute pénétrante,
Tu viens à nous sur les ailes puissantes
De l’oiseau Garouda,
En nous insufflant l’indispensable prana.
Tu nous entraînes dans ton élan. 
La légèreté devient allègement.
La respiration se fait inspiration.
Qu’importent les vents contraires,
Et les nuages menaçants
Ton souffle toujours
Nous emporte au-delà de nous-mêmes.
 - Annette Tamuly Jung

Invisible and penetrating force,
you come to us on the powerful wings
of the Garuda bird
inspiring us with indispensable prana.
You train us in your élan.
Your lightness lightens us.
Respiration becomes inspiration.
No matter contrary winds
or menacing clouds,
your breath always
carries us beyond ourselves.



DB: Close to where I live in France there is a community for retired Buddhists called Oasis de Longue Vie. The community is the brain child of Lama Sherab who saw a need to elderly people of Buddhist persuasion to spend their later years together with like-minded friends without dependence upon a state service or private institution.  The settlement is a self-governing community, an association of the residents established in French law. After a slow start some years ago the project is now a success.  There are seven residents, soon to be nine, with a short waiting list. The maximum size has been agreed to be twelve.  Each resident or couple has a small self-contained house. Participation in communal events is optional. Some members are more able-bodied than others and there is much mutual aid. The grounds are a small attractive park, the location deep in the countryside.  There is a stupa, a meditation hall, a swimming pool, and spaces for outdoor gatherings.  It is a community rather than a centre, catering for its residents. Residents buy into the project investing capital that is used to build the dwellings. 

Oasis website:
Interview with Annette at Oasis:

Now as Oasis 1 is approaching full capacity, there is talk of creating an Oasis 2 along rather similar lines. I am involved in these negotiations and I have ten hectare of attractive land which I could put forward if others will join me by investing in the project. I have always wished that my place eventually become a Buddhist community and this type of project offers a realistic prospect of success.  It has several advantages over Oasis 1 in that the land is bigger, the times have changed and the experience of Oasis 1 is behind us.  When Oasis 1 began they had to find and buy land. They have built up a great wealth of knowledge on how to navigate French bureaucracy, obtain necessary services and how to organise. In these covid times, people are anxious to move out of big cities, so small rural settlements are now in fashion. Another big advantage is that prospective residents can go and see Oasis 1 and so experience what an established community is like. And, of course, the two communities can help each other.

The community will be open to Buddhists of any school. Although aimed primarily at older people there will be no age limit, so some younger people might also join. A balance of ages has some advantages. So now we are looking for prospective residents and benefactors. If you might be interested in joining or supporting such a scheme please get in touch. Establishing the project will be a slow process as finance needs to be found and new buildings need to be constructed. Registering an interest early is a good idea.  Then come and visit and see for yourself. We c an make something very special together.

Enquiries: Jisshas <[email protected]>


Photo byYaya de Andrade


14:00-15:30 Saturdays
Refuge Group
Codes separately notified

16:30 Saturdays
Encuentro de la Sangha en español
Para más información: [email protected]

10:00 Saturday 18th December
Sangha Day including
Ocean Seminar (Part 1): Reflecting upon the Diamond Sutra 
Ocean Seminar (Part 2): Buddhist Ideal Types
Sangha Meetings
Puja & Upavastha
Tickets <>
Free to Dharma Ocean students

10:30-12:00 Sundays
Global Sangha Interest Group  - Liz Allmark  -:-  Meeting ID: 878 4051 9127  -:-  Passcode: 584137  

12:30 Sunday 19th Dec
Golden Chain Meeting
Codes as previous meeting

20:00-21:00 Sundays  
Friendship Group  -:-  Meeting ID: 873 9408 4532  -:-  Passcode: 519784

12:30-13:45 Tuesday 14th Dec  
Satsang - Dharmavidya
Gathering for discussion of faith and practice  -:-  Meeting ID: 899 7087 58480

19:00-20:30 Thursday
ITZI Supervision Group - Iris Dotan Katz  -:-  Meeting ID: 818 8810 0021 -:-  Passcode: 153110
Contact for details: Iris Dotan Katz <[email protected]>,

14:30 Thursday 16th Dec
IBAP Meeting
Codes separately notified

16.30-17.30 Thursdays
Faith & Practice Reading - Priti Vaishnav & Tineke Osterloh 
Meeting-ID: 810 2086 5322  -:-  Passcode: 478476

14:30 Fridays
Afternoon Service - Liz Allmark 
With short Dharma Talk  -:-  Passcode: 159857


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


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Global Sangha Web Site:
Recent Audio Podcasts: 
Dharma Ocean Buddhist Studies Programme <[email protected]>,
The Feeling Buddha on KoFi:
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IBAP & Buddhist Psychology Programme
(English) Dharmavidya <dharmavidya&>,
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Dharmavidya on Facebook:
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Tineke's 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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