GLOBAL SANGHA NEWSLETTER 108
23rd March 2022

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ISSUE 108

GSN has reached the auspicious number of 108. The term Global Sangha has become the designation of our sangha community and is apt in that, although we are not such a large number of people, we are spread all around the planet. The term was originally, however, an ideal. If only there could be a sense of sangha globally, so many troubles could be overcome. Yet, just at the time when global goodwill and cooperation seem most needed, as we face unprecedented ecological pressures, it seems more likely that the human world may be on the cusp of a decline into another Cold War type of division. Those of us who value the Global Sangha spirit must keep faith.


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


SUNDAY MEETINGS EVERY WEEKEND

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.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88974912642?pwd=N2VyQnc0MUM4WUU0YTFTdCt0QWVmQT09
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

Sunday 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


SATURDAY 2nd APRIL

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


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

EUROPEAN BUDDHIST UNION CONFERENCE

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]



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ELEUSIS NEWS

Thursday: This winter there has been a rodent living in my library. It has done some small amounts of damage, but fortunately not to the books. Nonetheless, I have been going to some lengths to dislodge it. It is my own fault, as I left a box of walnuts there which the animal took to be a useful winter store. The upshot has been that I have moved a lot of furniture which entailed moving many piles of books. I thought I had solved the problem by removing the nuts, but the mouse had stashed away a good number under the furniture. Today I found and cleared what must have been its central store and thereby discovered the small hole by which it entered the building. Today I mixed up lime and sand into a cement and filled the hole. I'll leave the furniture in disarray for a few days to see if the animal or animals find a new way in.

Taking out the debris from that job to put onto the garden, I looked over the dry stone wall and saw a beautiful, young red fox in the middle of the field. He and I regarded each other for a minute or two, then he skeltered off into the thicket.

I have only just, in my mind, made the connection between the red dust on my car and the amazing atmospheric light effect we had a few days ago. Both were due to the Sirocco wind bringing dust from the Sahara - an unusual occurrence this far from the Mediterranean.

Monday: A day of domestic disasters. My oven stopped working. The washing machine is not rinsing properly, so I have to rinse clothes by hand when I take them out, still full of soap suds. The coffee maker has sprung a leak. Ah, well, Namo Amida Bu. I went out and weeded the garden.

Wednesday: I have mown acres of grass and there is still plenty to do. As the weather warms up the grass begins to grow and it is a challenge to avoid living in the middle of a corn field. Some areas I do let run wild as they are full of wild flowers. Those areas do not get cut until the end of the summer when all the flowers have seeded.



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Daffodils in full bloom at Eleusis -:-  Photo by Annette Tamuly Jung


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“Concerning faith, one must trust that a single utterance of Nembutsu
guarantees Birth in the Buddha Field.
Concerning practice, one must continue the recitation throughout life.”
- Honen Shonin

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ASPIRATION FOR SUKHAVATI 
by Khenchen Lama Pelgyeypa Dorjé Rinpoche
བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིང་སྨོན། །

ཨེ་མ་ཧོ། །
é-ma-ho
How wondrous!

བསླུ་མེད་གཏན་གྱི་སྐྱབས་གནས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ། །
lu-mey ten-gyi kyap-nay rin-po-ch’é
To the infallible, eternal and precious Sources of Refuge,

དབྱེར་མེད་སངས་རྒྱས་མགོན་པོ་འོད་དཔག་མེད། །
yer-mey sang-gyay gön-po ö-p’ak-mey
And to the Buddha Amitābha, our Protector, inseparable from them,

གསོལ་བ་འདེབས་སོ་འདི་ཕྱི་བར་དོ་ཡི། །
söl-wa dep-so di-ch’i bar-do yi
I pray: In this and future lives, and in the intermediate state (bardo),

ཕྱི་ནང་གསང་བའི་བར་ཆད་སེལ་བ་དང་། །
ch’i nang sang-wae bar-ch’ay sel-wa dang
Please dispel outer, inner and secret obstacles; 

བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིང་དུ་སྐྱེ་བར་ཐུགས་རྗེས་བཟུང་། །
dé-ch’en zhing du kyé-war t’uk-jey zung
And out of your compassion, kindly accept my birth in Sukhāvatī, the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.

ཨོཾ་ཨཱ་མི་དྷེ་ཝ་ཨ་ཡུ་སིདྡྷི་ཧཱུྃ་ཧྲཱིཿ
OṂ ĀMIDHEVA AYU SIDDHI HŪṂ HRĪḤ

Acknowledgements: 
This prayer was composed in November 2010 by Khenchen Lama Pelgyeypa Dorjé Rinpoche. It was first translated in November 2010, and later edited in February 2022. Translated from the Tibetan by E.R.R. Neiss.
© 2022 by Infinite Light of Compassion: The Pure Land Translation



BUDDHA OF FEELINGS

"You are the only Buddhist teacher that I know who admits to having emotional downs as well as ups'" she said. It may be that my vision of the Dharma is a little different. It is quite common in Buddhism to find teachers who advocate, either directly or by implication, the supression or elimination of the emotional viscissitudes of life, but that is not my way. I believe that Buddhist liberation is the liberation of the whole person, not merely of the supposedly more desirable parts. I hope we can live full and complete lives. If Nature gave us a faculty, it must have some legitimate function. Maybe, one day, one feels sad. Well, that is not so extraordinary - there are many sad things in samsara. Vimalakirti was sick for the woes of the world. That is the Mahayana - to feel the natural response to the reality. Have your feelings. Cry and laugh. Smile and frown. Rejoice and lament. Otherwise you will fall into striking a pose. Half of your being will fall into the shadow and while hidden in that shadow it will make mischief. There is absolutely nothing wrong with living one's life naturally. Namo Amida Bu.



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A CHANCE FOR PEACE? A NEW COLD WAR?

David Brazier:

Many unexpected things can happen in a war. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is not going as well as Russia planned or expected. In modern conventional warfare the advantage somewhat lies with the defender. I visited Sarajevo immediately after the Bosnian civil war. Every building was damaged and many demolished. The seige had lasted three years, but the Serbs never actually managed to take the city. The Americans did take Raqqa in Syria from ISIS, but demolished more than a third of the city in the process. The Russians are besieging cities, but have not yet achieved a major breakthrough. The Ukrainians are not exactly winning, but they are holding ground and both sides are taking heavy casualties. Could this be time for a ceasefire and peace deal? What might it look like?

If Russia kept enough territory in the east to give security to the Donbass and Crimea and agreed to withdraw its forces from all other areas, so that Kviv be spared further bombardment and Ukraine keep Odessa, one can imagine some kind of settlement. The difficulty would be in external relations. Would Ukraine still seek to join NATO? Would the Western world still go on penalising Russia while lavishing aid upon Ukraine? Both seem likely. In fact, last week there seemed to be some hint that a deal something like this was on the cards, but the Americans evidently did not like it. They want Ukraine in NATO and regime change in Russia. So the war must go on in the hope that Russia will be humiliated - which it might be - or bogged down in another endless war (like Afghanistan). However, this means that Russia cannot afford to stop fighting. If the prospective post-war situation is one in which Russia is jeopardised, then there is no incentive for Russia to cease, so the war may drag on and on. Alternatively, the Ukrainians, despite having put up a brave defence, may simply run out of supplies or endurance in the face of continuing Russian devastation. 

In many trouble spots around the world situations have become irresolvable because of the influence of distant powers. No doubt Koreans would reunite their country if they were left alone, but China will not permit it if the united country might ally with America, nor America allow it if it might ally with China, so division is perpetuated by people who do not actually live there. Partition continues, both sides bristling with lethal armament out of mutual fear, all in order to satisfy Washington and Beijing.

The biggest danger is that we are drifting into a new Cold War with China, Russia and maybe Iran on one side and America and its allies on the other. The current war may be giving us an example of stalemate and mutual incomprehension and this may now spread to much of the planet. What a sad outcome that would be. Do we really need such pervasive enmity? In this samsaric world, dukkha is inevitable - there are always afflictions - but the challenge is to find a nirodha - a way of genuine peace - that can put us all on a good path together. That involves compromise and a certain humility that accepts that different countries have different systems and different value systems and that such differences should be respected. While some powerful groups are trying to impose their norms upon the whole world there will never be peace. Compromise is possible. Mutual respect could be restored. Otherwise the samsaric wheel just goes on turning, crushing millions of lives to futility.

The world is divided into nation states armed against one another. If global peace did break out, this division would be redundant. If nation states persisted at all, it would be simply for purposes of social administration. The question one asks is: Are humans actually capable ot living without enemies, or is conflict so built in as to be unavoidable?

"today’s global challenges require less polarisation and more cooperation."


Mo Henderson: Your article ‘Human Folly & the Need for Intelligence’ was brilliant David, thank you. I gave it to Peter and he thought so too. I often have a sense of wholehearted truth when I read your work and this was no exception. I believe this is partly knowing in an intellectual sense the present conditions in the world, but also (and probably a big part) sensing beneath my own ignorance the ‘heart of the matter’. It seems so important to be well informed and at the same time to practice living what the Buddha taught and acting with good intention for everyone. Thank you for sharing in the way that you do and most of all thank you for being ‘you’ 



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Lotus  -:-  Photo by Iris Dotan Katz


HAIKU

Sotto il tetto
Becchi di rondinini
Fuori la pioggia

- Angela Romani



DHARMA OCEAN COURSE

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


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Sunset in the Israeli desert

Photo by Iris Dotan Katz

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DIARY  
All times are Rome time zone


Tuesday 17:00-18:00, 5th April & every two weeks
Italian Class
- Angela Romani
https://bit.ly/3yxLd3Z  -:-  Meeting ID: 889 9850 0278  -:-  Passcode: 515887

Tuesday 18:00-19:00, 29th March & 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
https://bit.ly/3i5PhTS  -:-  Meeting ID: 858 9773 3604  -:-  Passcode: 108108 

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, 24th March & every two weeks
IBAP Group / BP Diploma Tutors Meeting
Codes separately notified

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 17th March & every two weeks
ITZI Supervision Group
- Iris Dotan Katz
For presentation, review and discussion of counselling/psychotherapy casework from a Buddhist psychology perspective.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81888100021?pwd=b1JNbUhuekNRMWZoMEdUdEUyRFppdz09
Meeting ID: 818 8810 0021  -:-  Passcode: 153110

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 14:00, 26th March & 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. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81138990223?pwd=dmNZU3VmRTRhUjBobVdnMjhuV3NYUT09
Para asistir, escribir por whatsapp a +34 620265962.


Saturday 16th April 
Uposattha Sangha Day
Including
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 <https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha>
Free to students on BP & DO courses.

Saturday 10:00 & 20:00, 2nd April
Buddhist Psychology Seminar
For students on BP course: codes separately notified

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

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

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: https://bit.ly/347EtAv

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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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