30th March 2022


"I call no man wise until he has made the progress from the wisdom of knowledge to the wisdom of foolishness, and become a laughing philosopher, feeling first life's tragedy and then life's comedy. For we must weep before we can laugh. Out of sadness comes the awakening and out of the awakening comes the laughter of the philosopher, with kindness and tolerance to boot." - Lin Yutang



10:00 & 20:00 (Rome) Seminars for students on the Buddhist Psychology programme. Codes circulated separately. 
led by Iris Dotan Katz

14:00 Refuge Group: Meeting for people who have taken refuge. Codes circulated separately. Enquiries: Jisshas <[email protected]>


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



19:00 Dharma Ocean Seminar
Meeting ID: 874 1226 4048  -:-  Passcode: 652668


Fri, Apr 22, 2022, 6:30 PM – Sun, Apr 24, 2022, 3:30 PM CEST

The EBU Team: Dear friends, we are delighted that in April our annual conference will again take place! This time the topic will be Unity and Diversity in European Buddhism. The conference will provide insights and practices so we may create a peaceful society - today this seems to be more relevant than ever.Host will be the Center for Spiritual Friendship Buddhism, Reiyukai in Nantes.  You can attend either in person or remote via video conferencing! (all sessions accept the workshops will be recorded and provided afterwards as video files).Make sure to get your ticket and all details about the event here. Also please forward this mail to everyone who might be interested to attend! Thank you very much for your support!

Information: [email protected]


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, going for walks, good conversation, community, communing with nature in the adjoining 35 acres of meadow and woodland.

Full board: 30€ per day

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

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. Nambutsu; 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.

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 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.


Iris has been to Dubai  -:-  Photo by Iris Dotan Katz


“Now, there is no better way than nembutsu to take leave of the delusive worlds of transmigration. Even those who disparage and criticise my writings will be born on the petals of the lotus in the Pure Land in the nine different grades by repetition of nembutsu."
 - Honen Shonin



Thursday: Tuesdays and Thursdays I generally have many zoom meetings. However, I did get time to sit in the spring sunshine between times and was rewarded with the sight of the first butterflies. Also, white blossom is appearing on all the thorn bushes in the hedgerows around the site. Meanwhile, the daffodils continue to bloom, splashing patches of gold in the green fields. As the weather warms, the grass begins to grow, giving me a big mowing job to do.

Friday: I've put the furniture back in place in the library and reshelved all the books. When moving books I readily get side-tracked when I come across an interesting volume that I have not perused for a while. This time it was Lin Yutang's The Importance of Living: A personal guide to enjoyment, which is a delightful ramble of idiosyncratic distractions - "an idle philosophy born of an idle life, evolved in a different age" - " the pathos and beauty and terror and comedy of life, viewed by a people who have a strong feeling for the limitations of our existence, and yet somehow retain a sense of the dignity of human life." He seems to have a dim view of Buddhism, but, then, the kind of Buddhism he is talking about is not my cup of tea either.

This afternoon I felled a tree and cut up wood for firewood to stack for next winter. It has been a very nice sunny day and I have taken snacks sitting in the garden soaking up the warmth. The cold of winter is still a close memory so sitting out in a tee shirt with a cuppa is much appreciated.

Saturday: For the first time this year, I had breakfast outside in the garden, eating my cereal, nuts, bread and marmalade listening to birdsong with the warmth of the rising sun on my back. In the last few days, it has been pleasant to have afternoon tea in the garden, but the mornings were too cold. I have recently acquired, for the remarkable price of just under 40€ the lot, a plastic table and four chairs. So this was also the first time I have used it. The warmth has also brought out the blossom. Now all of the thorn bushes are cascades of white and today the wild cherries also came into bloom. It looks as if nature is having a wedding feast.

Sunday: The glorious weather continues. This morning the tulips are suddenly in bloom amidst the daffodils and I see that even the hellebore has a discrete flower, less gaudy than that of the bulbs, but nonetheless pleasing. I sit on my bench and write a few lines of verse while I drink my coffee.

My heart is made of melancholy joy.
It never can decide which way to go.
Yet opposites can, in the soul, alloy
and from such alchemy we come to know

that there’s not just one answer to the riddle
(save death which is the answer to it all)
but that the angel’s harp and devil’s fiddle
can play together in one concert hall.

When standing in the light, there must be shadow,
darkly dark just as the light is fine,
a darkness that one cannot fail to know
if one would walk in light that is divine.

The Buddha sits upon a rock and smiles.
The daisies bloom around him at his feet.
The light within him banishes all trials
The rock beneath becomes a lotus seat.

Thus every stone and every blade of grass
is made into a jewelled lotus throne
surrounded by the cherubim who pass
each singing praises - each a unique tone.

For no two blades of grass are quite the same,
but each is what it is and that’s the joy!
That variously they call the Holy Name
with natural faith that nothing can destroy.

I sit here listening to the birds who sing.
I, idly, too, declaim the Sacred Name
surrounded by the blossoms of the spring
my mind reclines, beyond its normal frame.

And so there come such interludes of peace
that break the flowing turmoil of the heart:
times when there comes a magic sweet release,
sacred times when lovers never part

and bliss alone is what this life is for,
where tulips show their gaudy velvet flower 
and even shy and bashful hellebore
can put forth glory at the 'pointed hour.

My body is no longer in its prime,
the spring times pass, blossoms all must fall,
to everything there comes its own due time.
Alone endures the Name to which we call.

For here we live within the realm of change
where there's no satisfaction without pain,
which is not just a thing that gods arrange,
but is essential, just as plants need rain.

Now all these tones and shadows, like a dream,
kaleidoscopic, dance within my core,
like flickering glints upon a flowing stream:
and that is life - one cannot ask for more.

I am happy, thinking how the time for drinking morning coffee in the garden with companions, and sharing verses, is fast coming. Soon it will be summer and I hope to see some of my precious friends here in this quiet garden once again. 

I planted a few more strawberry plants that I bought in the supermarket and did some weeding in the old garden.

Wild cherry blossom at Eleusis  -:-  Photo by David Brazier


- Dharma Master Shi Jing Zong
May these merits and virtues 
Be bestowed upon all living beings equally. 
Together may we bring forth the Bodhi Mind, 
To attain a rebirth in the Land of the Serenely Blissful.

- Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

 ~ 14th Dalai Lama
Compassion involves a feeling of closeness to others, a respect and affection that is not based on others’ attitude toward us. We tend to feel affection for people who are important to us. That kind of close feeling does not extend to our enemies—those who think ill of us. Genuine compassion, on the other hand, sees that others, just like us, want a happy and successful life and do not want to suffer. That kind of feeling and concern can be extended to friend and enemy alike, regardless of their feelings toward us. That’s genuine compassion.
from the book "The Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason"
ISBN: 978-0861715527  -:-  translated by Thupten Jinpa

 Photo by Helen Evanfé


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 <>


Yaya has been making bread

Photo by Yaya de Andrade


All times are Rome time zone

Tuesday 17:00-18:00, 5th April & every two weeks
Italian Class
- Angela Romani  -:-  Meeting ID: 889 9850 0278  -:-  Passcode: 515887

Tuesday 18:00-19:00, 12th April & every two weeks
Italian Meeting - Incontro Italiano
- Angela Romani
Incontro di pratica e condivisione
Dettagli da Jisshas <[email protected]>

Wednesday  21:00, 30th March & 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, 7th April & every two weeks
IBAP Group / BP Diploma Tutors Meeting
Codes separately notified

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 31st 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 10:00 & 20:00, 2nd April
Buddhist Psychology Seminars
For students on BP course: codes separately notified

Saturday 14:00, 9th April
Refuge Group
A group for those who have taken refuge. To join, please enquire via jisshas.
Codes separately notified.

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

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

Saturday 16th April 
Uposattha Sangha Day
12:00 Dharma Ocean Seminar.
14:30-20:00 Upavastha: readings, sharing, puja, meditation & chanting. Review of the month past and renewal of practice resolution for the month ahead.
Tickets <>
Free to students on BP & DO courses.

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

23 y 24 de abril de 2022
Retiro urbano presencial en Bilbao (Bizkaia)
Sesiones de mañana, de 9,30 a 14h. Existe la posibilidad de asistir parcialmente
al retiro, uno de los dos días. Info:


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


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
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:
Spain: Ahora, Centro de Psicologia y Consciencia Plena: [email protected] Teléfono: 945120948 y 620265962

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]>,

You can see other Global Sangha materials, past podcasts and articles via :

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Global Sangha at Eleusis
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