19th January 2022

 Snow in Ontario  -:-  Photo by Carol English

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:


The new semester begins in February. This is, therefore, a good time to enrol for one or other (or both) of the Global Sanga / ITZI educational programmes. Fuller details are given later in this newsletter.

GS Dharma Ocean Programme: We are studying the history of the tradition. In the semester that is just ending we have studied the transmission in India in the early centuries following the life of the Buddha. In the coming semester there will be four study units covering the transmission of the Pureland teaching within a Mahayana context 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 been and is presented as historical and social conditions change.

ITZI Programme in Buddhist Psychology: This is a new English rendition of a programme that has been run periodically over the past 25 years. At present the programme is already running in Spanish. The new English language intake will commence in February. It presents the major Buddhist teachings and shows how they can be applied in a psychological manner in psychotherapy, counselling and other inter-personal work. A good course foir therapists who want to understand the Buddhist approach and for Buddhists who want to impove inter-personal skills and self-understanding.

To book:


"Engaged Buyddhism" by Hosho Peter Coyote, 1st January 2022

"Amitabha Tantric Meditation" Dharmavidya, 20th November 2021

"Compassion is not a Set of Rules" Dharmavidya, 15th January 2022

A discussion of Gandharan Art:



On 25 December, the Department of Archaeology in Sri Lanka launched activities to restore the site dedicated to  Anula Devi, the first Sri Lankan woman, who was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 3rd Century BCE. 

According to the statement by the temple at Mihintale - the Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya - the landmark event was attended by many Dhamma leaders, representing many Buddhist traditions,  and dignitaries from Sri Lanka and other countries.

Commenting on the event, Venerable Bhikkhuni Uppalawanna Maharagama, who attended the event in Sri Lanka, said: "The restoration of this site is important not just for Sri Lanka, but also for everyone throughout the world." Thank you to Venerable Uppalawana for alerting me about this event. 

The Anula Devi Cetiya (Stupa) is located in Mihintale, a mountain peak off the famous city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. A stupa is a dome-like, hemispherical structure containing relics, a place to pay homage. The restoration activities are being undertaken under the auspices of His Excellency, the President of Sri Lanka, Gothabaya Rajapakse. 

Anula Devi was the sister-in-law of King Devanampiyatissa of Sri Lanka (Reign 247 – 207 BCE). Anula Devi and her entourage attended discourses on the teachings of the Buddha, given by  Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka, held at the palace. They  requested -- more or less demanded to the King --  to be ordained. But, Mahinda was unable to grant their request. 

According to the Sri Lankan ancient chronicle, the Mahawamsa, Mahinda explained the predicament as follows to the King Devanampiyatissa: 
“It is not allowed to us (monks), O great king, to bestow ordination on women. But in (India) there lives a bhikkhuni, my younger sister, known by the name of Sanghamitta. She, who is ripe in experience, shall come hither ... and also bhikkhunis renowned…this theri (Sanghamitta) will confer the ordination upon these women.”

After waiting patiently, Sanghamitta’s historic arrival in Sri Lanka resulted in the ordination of Anula and other women in the royal household. 

In an article, entitled “Longing to Ordain”, Venerable Suddhamma Bhikkhuni describes her visit to the site: “Our tour guide, a retired archaeologist, took us several miles from Mihintale to a deserted area of scrub trees and stones outside an unremarkable small village. In a clearing made by a large slab of rock, our guide pointed out a rectangular concrete border marking a newly-discovered ancient inscription carved into the stone. The markings at the end identify the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa, thereby dating the inscription to 2300 years ago, the 3rd century BCE. Our guide translated the rock’s ancient Sinhala script: “This is the place the five hundred ladies with Queen Anula became bhikkhunis.”

The decision to restore the site is a landmark event for world history. Mahā Arahatī Therī Anulā was the first woman to be ordained as a Buddhist nun, outside the Asokan empire.

For more background information about the event, please see the post by the Most Venerable Tathālokā Bhikkhunī, Founding Abbess at Dhammadharini:

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 <>


The Dharma Ocean Programme is the Global Sangha's programme in Buddhist education. We are currently on a module called Ancestors of the Pure Land Tradition (APT). The first semester of this module, consisting of four units, ran from summer 2021 to January 2022 and covered the transmission of the Dharma in India. The second semester begins in February and will offer four more units covering the transmission in China. If you missed the first semester, you can now join the programme for the next part. You do not need to have done the first four units to join the second four, as each semester is a complete course in itself.

This is a programme of co-operative learning and the body of material provided is continually growing. Unit Five - the first unit in the second semester - will focus upon the early transmission of Buddhism in China up to the time of Lushan Hui Yuan and Kumarajiva who lived in the early part of the fifth century of the common era. This four hundred year period was when the first Buddhist texts arrived in China and the first encounter between the Dharma and the indigenous Taoist and Confucian philosopies took place. 

If you hold a ticket for the Dharma Ocean course you also receive free invitation to the monthly Sangha Upavastha days.

Tickets <>

Photo by Carol English


Tenjin bosatsu zō ron setsu
Kimyō mugekō nyorai
E shutara ken shinjitsu
Kōsen ōchō daiseigan
Kō yu honganriki ekō
I do gunjō shō isshin
Hitsu gyaku nyū daieshu shu
 Toku shi rengezō sekai
Soku shō shinnyo hosshōjin
Yū bonnō rin gen jinzū
Nyū shōji on ji ōge

Tenjin = Vasubandhu
Kimyō = Take refuge
Mugekō = Unimpeded light
Nyorai = Tathagata
Ōchō = Crosswise leap
Daiseigan = Great vow
Hongan = Primal vow
Riki = Power
Ekō = Transfer
Isshin = One mind, One heart
Dai-hō-kai = Great treasure ocean
Rengezō = Lotus store
Shinnyo = True suchness
Hosshōjin = Dharmakaya

In his discourse, Vasubandhu Bodhisattva says
that he takes refuge in the Tathagata of Unimpeded Light.
He teaches in accordance with the sutras
and clarifies how the Great Vow enables a crosswise leap.
Through the transference of the power of the Primal Vow
the multitude are saved, hearts unified.
Entering the ocean of great treasure (merit)
all unfailingly join (Buddha's) great assembly.
Reaching the Lotus Store World
one realises suchness and attains the Dharmakaya.
Then one can magically frolic in the forest of delusion, and
in the realm of birth and death take on all manner of forms (to save other beings).



Photo by Carol English

All times are Rome time zone

Tuesday 15:30, 1st February & every two weeks
- 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 8th February.
Italian Class
- Angela Romani  -:-  Meeting ID: 889 9850 0278  -:-  Passcode: 515887

Tuesday 18:00-19:00, every two weeks starting 1st February.
Italian Meeting - Incontro Italiano
- Angela Romani
Incontro di pratica e condivisione
Dettagli da Jisshas <[email protected]>

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

Thursday 16:30, 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, 27th January & every two weeks
IBAP Group
Codes separately notified

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 20th January & 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

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.

Recommencing on 30th Jan with new code
Sunday 10:30, 30th January & weekly
Global Sangha Interest Group
- Liz Allmark
An informal meeting for all.
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

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

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


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:

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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