GLOBAL SANGHA NEWSLETTER 119
15th June 2022



All times in this Newsletter are Rome time zone

PODCAST GS69

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY SEMINARS

This Saturday, 10:00 & 20:00 These seminars are part of the Diploma Programme in Buddhist Psychology, but are open to everybody interested.  


DAILY NEMBUTSU GATHERING

Geeta Chari: From Monday 6th June, I would like to offer Nembutsu every morning at 6:30 am Rome time. We begin to chant straightaway, without social talk, for 20 minutes, in chain-style. There is a bell rung at the end. People who wish to stay and talk afterwards are welcome to do so. Namo Amida Bu
 
Join Zoom Meeting
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FREQUENCY OF NEWSLETTERS

The newsletter will come out less frequently over the summer period.

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 Land for the development of Oasis 2  -:-  Photo by David Brazier

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FORWARD PROGRAMME

8-12th August 2022
POETIC WEEK IN FRANCE
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.


23rd August to 2nd September
BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY SUPERVISION 

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
"ENCOUNTER & PATH"
BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY WEEKEND
Online

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 <https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha>


8-11th December 2022
"HEALING THE HEART"
SHAKYAMUNI ENLIGHTENMENT RETREAT
Online

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
BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY WEEKEND
Online

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.

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BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY DIPLOMA
REGISTRATION FOR 2023

The next intake is for 1st February 2023. You can register now.
1st February 2023 to 30th April 2025 
“DIPLOMA IN BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY”
A FOUR SEMESTER PROGRAMME 

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 à deux: 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.
Staff
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: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha




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Relax at Eleusis, France  -:-  Photo by David  Brazier

PURELAND RESEARCH

Our friend Xiao Yue in Kyoto is doing interesting research on the oldest version of the Larger Pure Land Sutra and early versions of the other Pure Land Sutras. He has become an authority upon the relations between these early texts that yield understanding of how Pureland practice has evolved. Thus:

"In addition to the Larger Sukhāvatī vyūha sūtra, the doctrine of “hearing the names of the Budhha and the two bodhisattvas” also plays an important role in the Guanjing. The most significant difference between the Larger Sukhāvatī vyūha sūtra and the Guanjing, in terms of the doctrine of “hearing the names of the Buddha and the bodhisattvas”, is that the two bodhisattvas, Guan-yin and Dashzhi, play an important role equivalent to that of Buddha Amitābha in the Guanjing. In all versions of the Larger Sukhāvatī vyūha sūtra, the bodhisattva Guanyin plays a minor role in contrast to Amitābha Buddha."

He has made in depth studies of the vows appearing in these sutras and their bearing on the importance of "hearing the name", "reciting the name", "hearing the Dharma," and keeping the buddha in mind while following Buddhist precepts.

It is hoped that he can come and speak to the sangha later in the year about these topics. You can see some of his paper listed here:


LOOKING BACK
The EBU conference “Unity in Diversity” in Nantes, France

Over the weekend of 22nd – 24th April, The Reiyukai Centre in Nantes was buzzing with conversation, dialogues, talks and Buddhist practice. This was the long awaited EBU conference on Unity in Diversity in Buddhism. The centre was full on both days and many friendships and contacts were formed over these few days. The exciting aspect of such a conference is that Buddhist practitioners across many traditions gather together and share experiences and understandings of their own Buddhist practice and teachings. Many people, in talking to those from Buddhist groups about which they perhaps knew little, learned a great deal and expanded their own understanding and respect for those traditions.

There was too much going on all of which was of very high quality, to single out any particular talks or workshops. Great thanks must go to everyone who was involved in some way in a presentation. Certainly, the final session, where most of the speakers gathered to answer questions, was a lot of fun and it was very clear from this that Buddhism is as diverse as it ever has been across Europe. The unity, harmony and friendship which was created was a joy to perceive.

Many thanks to all at the Reiyukai Centre for all the hard work which went into this event. It was much appreciated by all.  


ELEUSIS & OASIS NEWS

Now, after the storms, the sunshine has returned and the garden is looking very well, having benefitted from the heavy rains. The pleasing crop of raspberries continues to offer delight. I am thinking of the summer and the guests who will come. 

At Oasis, the park becomes more and more well ordered with new shrubs, new parking places, neatly cut grass, and a general air of being all well cared for. One of the residents is currently in hospital and much caring discussion goes on regarding how to give the best care when she returns home. The final stages of life are sacred, but the way that each person negotiates them is distinct and each needs special consideration as we all try to help one another.



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Picture by Ruby Lee





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DIARY  
All times are Rome time zone


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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86563620686?pwd=OUh4L25zbHl6SEpFWW9LT3o5YnVVZz09
Meeting ID: 865 6362 0686  -:-  Passcode: 274590

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
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, 18th June
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 9th July
Upavastha: Full Moon Sangha Day
11:00 Dharma Ocean Seminar
14:30 Programme of puja, readings, meditation, & chanting until evening
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
- Liz Allmark
An informal meeting for all.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88974912642?pwd=N2VyQnc0MUM4WUU0YTFTdCt0QWVmQT09
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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394084532?pwd=eEY3eUhHcjN0b0xLanZXcTNqVmVzdz09
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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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
GS at Eleusis: https://eleusis.ning.com/group/global-sangha
Dharmavidya: [email protected]
Dharmavidya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidbrazierauthor/
Dharmavidya website: http://eleusis.ning.com
Zen & Now - the musical https://www.zenow.net/Donations: https://ko-fi.com/feelingbuddha


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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