12th January 2022

Photo by Nando Maril

Saturday 15th January
including Upavastha

Full moon celebration. Traditionally Buddhist monks met at the new moon and full moon days to recite their precepts and make confession for transgressions. In particular, the full moon day is a dazy for general celebration of the Dharma and a time when the gods come to visit one's home. One can put out offerings for them. In Global Sanfgha this is a time to come together, hear teachings, read texts, reflect upon the month gone by, make resolution for the month to come, and chant nembutsu together in gratitude.

10:00: Dharma Seminar: "Compassion is Not a Set of Rules" - Dharmavidya
12:00: Sangha Meetings
14:00: Ocean Seminar: "Vasubandhu as Pureland Ancestor" - Dharmavidya
16:00: Upavastha including led meditation
19:00: Upavastha readings & chanting until 22:00

Tickets <>

Weekend 22nd-23rd January 2022
Dr. David Brazier, Dr. Iris Dotan Katz, 
Dr Yaya de Andrade, Natividad Menendez Garcia & Kimiko Nita 

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.  This will also make a good preliminary for those wishing to embark upon the on-going Buddhist Psychology Dilpoma Programme commencing in February.

Leaders: The workshop leaders are practising psychotherapy or counselling from a Buddhist perspective and/or tutoring the ITZI Buddhist psychology training programme.
Dr David Brazier, psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher, author of a dozen books including Zen Therapy and many other writings. Co-editor of the Oxford Manual of Meditation.
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.
Dr. Yaya de Andrade, retired psychologist now working with the Red Cross, especially with indigenous groups. Dr Andrade has extensive experience in working 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.
Natividad Menendez Garcia, psychotherapist, is tutor on the Spanish language version of the Buddhist Psychology Diploma Programme and has private clients in Spain.
To book:

"Octopus's Garden" from the series "Sacred World"
Artwork by Robert Joshin Althouse


Joshin: The sacred-world is not found in a bland oneness or abstract non-dualism but in the concrete situations of our lives. When working with the precept on not indulging in anger, Dogen says “There is an ocean of bright clouds; there is an ocean of solemn clouds.” Whatever ocean you find yourself in is the sacred-world you are already living in. Don’t look for it elsewhere. Whatever garden you happen to be in, be there fully, wholeheartedly and there you will find a sacred-world of unimaginable vastness, richness and beauty. May all beings be released from suffering. 


In the course of the New Year Retreat, Will Holcomb, Zen teacher at Heartland Sangha, gave a talk on Nine Bows as a Daily Practice. A summary can be found at

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. This ticket also covers admission to monthly upavastha days during the semester.

Tickets <>


Upali is a barber. He comes from the Shakya people and lives in Kapilavastu. Barbers are low caste. The son of the leader of the Shakans has left home and become a holy man. Ha has become Shakyamuni, a Buddha, and now has a following of many disciples. He is coming to Kapilavastu to visit his family. 

The Buddha arrives and wants his hair cut. People say that Upali is the best barber in town so propose that he cuts the Buddha’s hair, but Upali, 20 years old at this point, is too bashful and hides, thinking he will not do a good enough job. His mother speaks to him and encourages him, saying not to worry because the Buddha is very compassionate.

Upali cuts the Buddha’s hair. As he does so his mother asks the Buddha how her son is doing and Buddha makes suggestions about Upali’s posture, breathing and so on. As Upali implements the Buddha’s suggestions he goes into the first dhyana, then the second, then the third, then the fourth. When he enters the fourth dhyana Buddha asks somebody to take the knife out of his hand in case he fall and hurt himself.

Buddha stays close to Kapilavastu, visits his family and gives teachings. Seven princes decide to become monks. They get Upali to go with them to cut their hair. When he has cut their hair they give him their jewels as a present, but he becomes frightened what people will think if the princes have disappeared and he has their jewels. He leaves the jewels hanging on a tree and follows the princes part of the way toward where the Buddha and Sangha are staying. Then he sits down and starts to feel very sad.

Shariputra comes along and asks who he is and why he is sad. “I am Upali. I am a barber and I cut the hair of the princes, but they have all left to go to the Buddha and I am left behind. I am only low caste and cannot become a bhikshu like them.”

Shariputra has heard the story about the barber who attained the fourth dhyana while cutting the Buddha’s hair and realises this must be the man. “Come with me. I am sure the Buddha will not refuse you.”

Shariputra takes Upali to the Buddha and Buddha ordains him. Seven days later he ordains the seven princes. Thus Upali becomes senior to the princes in the sangha. Upali works very hard and keeps all the vinaya rules. His time in the sangha is not easy. Some other monks look down on him for his caste. Others resent him for the strictness with which he keeps the rules. Buddha protects him from the other monks, but this also becomes a reason for others to resent him, thinking he is a favourite of the master. Humans are so bombu.

Nonetheless, when Buddha dies there is a great council meeting. Ananda is asked to recite all Buddha’s teachings. Kashyapa is asked to recite the Abhidharma and it is Upali who is asked to recite the Vinaya. Upali is remembered as one of the ten great disciples of Buddha.

Street Scene in Korea  -:-  Photo by David Brazier


Shaka Nyorai Ryōgasen
I shu gōmyō Nantenjiku
Ryūju daiji shutto se
Shitsu nō zaiba umu ken
Senzetsu daijō mujō Hō
Shō kangiji shō Anraku
Kenji nangyō rokuro ku
Shingyō igyō shīdō raku
Okunen Midabutsu Hongan
Jinen sokuji nyū hitsujō
Yui nō joo shoo nyorai gō
Ō hō daihi Guwei on.

Shaka = Shakyamuni
Nyorai = Tathagata
Ryōgasen = (at) Mount Lanka
Nantenjiku = Southern India
Ryūju = Nagarjuna
daiji = mahasattva = great being
umu = something/nothing, is/is not, being/non-being
ken = view
Daijō = Mahayana
mujō = unsurpassed, without superior
Hō = Dharma
shō = birth, be born, attain
kan-gi-ji = time of joy
Anraku = peace & bliss
nangyō = difficult practice
rokuro = journey by land
igyō = easy practice
shīdō = journey by water (sea)
nen = mindfulness
okunen = mindful of
Midabutsu = Amida Buddha
Hongan = primal vow
jinen = spontaneous, of its own accord
hitsujō = Stage of Assurance
gō = name
daihi = great compassion

When Shakyamuni Tathagatha was at Mount Lanka
he told the assembly in Southern india
that (one day) Nagarjuna Mahasattva would appear
and destroy the views of "is" and "is not" (reification & reduction),
expound the unsurpassed Mahayana teaching,
to attain joy, peace and bliss.
He (Nagarjuna) teaches that the difficult practice is like a hard overland journey
whereas the easy practice is like a pleasant trip by boat.
As soon as one is mindful of Amida's primal vow
one instantly and spontaneously enters the Stage of Assurance.
Always reciting the Tathagata's Name
one repays one's gratitude for the Great Vow.



Shinran Shonin. This is the statue in Kyoto. The first time I encountered a congregation of practising Jodo Shin Shu Buddhists was in New York. Walking down Riverside, I espied a replica of this statue outside the New York temple. I went in and joined the service. This is how my involvement with Pureland first began. DB

All times are Rome time zone

Tuesday 15:30, 18th January
- Dharmavidya
A time to be together and explore Dharma questions & practice  -:-  Meeting ID: 899 7087 5848

Tuesday 17:00-18:00, every two weeks starting in February.
Italian Class
- Angela Romani  -:-  Meeting ID: 889 9850 0278  -:-  Passcode: 515887

Tuesday 17:00-18:00, every two weeks starting in February.
Italian Meeting - Incontro Italiano
- Angela Romani
Incontro di pratica e condivisione
Dettagli da Jisshas <>

Wednesday  21:00, 12th & 26th January & every two weeks
Dharma Bud: Peer learning and Dharma discussion
- Geeta Chari  -:-  Meeting ID: 858 9773 3604  -:-  Passcode: 108108 

Thursday 16:30, 13th, 20th, 27th January & weekly
Readings from the Commentary on the Summary of Faith & Practice
- Dharmavidya & Priti Vaishnav
Meeting ID: 865 6362 0686  -:-  Passcode: 274590

Thursday  14:30, 13th & 27th January & every two weeks
IBAP Group
Codes separately notified

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 13th & 27th January & every two weeks
- Iris Dotan Katz
For presentation, review and discussion of counselling/psychotherapy casework from a Buddhist psychology perspective.
Zoom:  -:-  Meeting ID: 818 8810 0021 -:-  Passcode: 153110

Friday  19:30, 14th January & weekly
Amitabha Service For the West 
- Vajrapala & Angela Romani
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209   -:-   Passcode: 137836

Saturday 14:00, 29th January
Refuge Group
A group for those who have taken refuge. To join, please enquire via jisshas.
Codes separately notified.

Saturday 15th January
Sangha Day including Upavastha
See above in Newsletter
Tickets <>

Sunday 10:30, 16th, 23rd, 30th January & weekly
Global Sangha Interest Group
- Liz Allmark
Meeting ID: 878 4051 9127  -:-  Passcode: 584137

Sunday 20:00, 9th January & weekly
GS Friendship Group
Meeting ID: 873 9408 4532  -:-  Passcode: 519784

Weekend 22-23 January
"Encounter & Path" - Buddhist Psychology Weekend
See above in Newsletter


Jisshas <> - for all general enquiries
Tickets <> - to book courses


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

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