6th July 2022

All times in this Newsletter are Rome time zone

Whatever else, chant.


Geeta Chari: From Monday 6th June, I have been offering 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
Geeta will not attend on 7th July but the Zoom link will still work.


We shall celebrate Upavastha this Saturday. The full moon is actually not until next Wednesday. The following weekend we have Buddhist Psychology Programme seminars. The programme will start at 14:30 and will include puja, readings, meditation, & chanting until evening. This will replace the Refuge group this week
.  -:-  Meeting ID: 879 5343 9118  -:-  Passcode: 804176


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

 From the garden at Eleusis  -:-  Photo by David Brazier


Reprinted from: Alliance for Bhikkunis


Are you curious about the practice of observing Uposatha days? Did you know observing Uposatha isn't just for monastics? In this newsletter, we'll share some of the ways modern lay Buddhists incorporate observing the Uposatha into their practice.

Uposatha days are regular times each month where Theravāda Buddhist monastics and laypeople commit themselves to intensive Dhamma practice. Uposatha days are observed based on the lunar calendar—depending on the local tradition, the Uposatha is observed at the full moon and the new moon each month, and sometimes also at the quarter moons⁠—so the exact dates can frequently vary from one Buddhist community to the next. For monastics these are often days of more intensive reflection and meditation. In many monasteries, physical labour is curtailed. On New Moon and Full Moon days, the fortnightly confession and recitation of the monastic rules takes place.

Many lay Buddhists will observe the Uposatha at the same time as their nearest monastery, or they may observe based on a published calendar or together with an online community. While there are some particularly significant Uposatha days usually tied to the full moon (Vesak is a notable example), what's primarily important as a layperson is to use these days to reinvigorate one's practice and commitment to the Dhamma, so finding a good time to dedicate oneself to sincere observance can often be more significant than getting the dates exactly right.

For laypeople, the typical way of observing the Uposatha involves undertaking Eight Precepts, rather than the usual Five. The Eight Precepts include all Five Precepts, along with expanding the Third Precept to abstaining from all sexual activity and adding three precepts that are particularly conducive to renunciation of worldly distractions in order to focus more deeply on meditation.The Eight Precepts:
  • Refrain from killing or harming other living beings.
  • Refrain from taking that which is not given (i.e. stealing).
  • Refrain from all sexual activity.
  • Refrain from incorrect speech (e.g. lying, harsh or insulting language, idle chatter, gossip).
  • Refrain from consuming intoxicating drinks and drugs.
  • Refrain from eating after noon.
  • Refrain from entertainment (e.g. dancing, singing, music, television and movies, 
  • video games) and adorning the body (e.g. perfumes and cosmetics, revealing clothing, fancy jewelry).
  • Refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place (often interpreted to 
  • mean avoiding sleeping excessively).
So if laypeople are refraining from all these things, what are they doing during the Uposatha? Laypeople will often make a formal declaration of their commitment to observe the Eight Precepts for the duration of the Uposatha, either by requesting to undertake the Eight Precepts from a monastic, or simply by reciting them aloud at home. Many laypeople who live close to a monastery will visit to make special offerings and listen to Dhamma talks by the monastics. But even if one is not located close to a monastery, the Uposatha can be observed at home, perhaps by listening to a recorded Dhamma talk and setting aside additional time for meditation and Dhamma study. There are also often opportunities to participate in community Uposatha observances online.
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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, 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
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
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:
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

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

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 <>

8-11th December 2022

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

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.



The next intake is for 1st February 2023. You can register now.
1st February 2023 to 30th April 2025 

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 as therapy and 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.
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:


Photo by David  Brazier

The colours of the mountains,
The sound of the valley stream,
Just the body and voice
Of my Shakyamuni Buddha.


Buddhist Door: In a historic step toward realizing greater equality within the monastic institutions of Buddhism, His Holiness the Je Khenpo of Bhutan on Tuesday presided over a ceremony in the Bhutanese town of Paro to fully ordain 142 Buddhist nuns. While most of the newly ordained bhikshunis are Bhutanese, several attended the ceremony from other Buddhist communities in the Himalayan region.

Full story:


Last week I visited the sangha in Spain. I met friends I had not seen in person for a long time. It was a joyous reunion. I also made some new friends. I hope to go back as soon as I can.In June has seen several weather records were broken in France for high temperature and for the number of lightning bolts. I don't know how they count them.

Here at Eleusis, there were times when they seemed to be more or less continuous with storms going on for days. This had all been preceded by about ten days of hot dry weather. We were fearing a drought and then the heavens opened in dramatic form. It has been good for the roses. Now the hot weather is back.
I have cleared a thick bramble patch to create a bed for pumpkins. It was a big job. The ground,  as is always the case with uncultivated land here, was full of stones. Toujours les pierres ! However, the pumpinks seem to be happy with their new home.

I sit, I muse, I drink my tea.
He contemplates eternity.


Peter Koyote's talk about The Feeling Buddha can be seen at

There is now a page on the Sky Cloud Mountain site dedicated to listing David's books. Elsewhere on the same site you can find the amazing artwork of Ruby Lee.


Recent additions to my library include
Arthur Rimbaud: Collected Poems, edited by Oliver Bernard, Penguin Classics 1962
The Complete Poems of Rupert Brooke, Sidgewick & Jackson 1941
Hope from the Pure Land way in Unnerving Times: Essays, Poems, Prints, by John Del Bagno, Pure Land Arts, CA, 2021, generously donated by the author.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto meet Buddha: Masks, meditation & improvised play to induce liberated states, by Peter Koyote, Inner traditions, Vermont, 2021
The Rainman's Third Cure: An irregular education, by Peter Koyote, Counterpoint, CA 2015. This and the previous item generously donated by the author.
Hadès & Perséphone, by Scarlett St. Clair, a novel (un roman) Hugo, Paris 2019/2022
Forever England: The life of Rupert Brooke, by Mike Read. Biteback, London (originally Mainstream Publications) 1997/2015
The Art of Publishing, by Roberto Calasso, translated by Richard Dixon, Farrar, Straus & Girou, NY. 2015
Rimbaud Complete, translated & edited by Wyatt Mason, Modern Library, NY. 2003 

That should keep me going for the summer !

All times are Rome time zone

Every day 06:30-06:50
Nembutsu Chanting
- Geeta Chari

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

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 21st July & 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 until 24th July, then summer break until 5th September
Amitabha Service For the West 
- Vajrapala & Angela Romani
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209   -:-   Passcode: 137836

Saturday 10:00 & 20:00, 16th July
Buddhist Psychology Seminars *
For students on BP course

Saturdays, 18th, 23rd & 30th July 14:00
Refuge Group *
A group for those who have taken refuge**.
Puja, Dharma Talk, Sharing, Discussion,
Meeting ID: 833 6526 3186  -:-  Passcode: 353386

Saturday 9th July
Upavastha: Full Moon Sangha Day
14:30 Programme of puja, readings, meditation, & chanting until evening  -:-  Meeting ID: 879 5343 9118  -:-  Passcode: 804176

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

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

Sundays 10:30,
Global Sangha Interest Group
- Liz Allmark
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

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]>


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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