GLOBAL SANGHA NEWSLETTER 124
24th August 2022


All times in this Newsletter are Rome time zone

PODCAST GS73
Namo Buddhaya


In the western sky is the great sun disc
Across its face are bands of cloud
Original nature is dark and light
And I myself fall prey to ill
Tai Shih Chih aid me now

The Dharma may be summarised
As good and purity of heart
But I have never mastered all
The precepts or samadhis
Tai Shih Chih aid me now

By my own power I am betrayed
By Buddha’s power I am redeemed
The glory of the clouds on high
Comes from the hidden sun beyond.
Tai Shih Chih aid me now


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THE SCALES OF KARMA & THE LOVE OF BUDDHA

According to some teachings, those who slander the right Dharma and those who commit grave sins cannot enter the Pure Land of Amitabha or of other Tathagathas. However, in countless cycles of rebirth, we have surely all done both of these things many times. Even in our present existence, we have had many crazy ideas and done many stupid things. Yet Buddha does not abandon us. We may have built great obstacles for ourselves, but Buddha's hand is always open and always reaching out to guide us. If we think that karma is a profit and loss account, then, if we look honestly, we see that we are always deeply in the red. There is no way that we can pay off our debt. Yet the Buddha accepts us just as we are - that is the nature of Buddhahood. Although we reject, judge and criticise, Buddha goes on loving. It is faith in this fundamental truth that cuts through all our karmic debt. It is as if when we put all our heavy folly in the scales, the Buddha puts a single feather of love in the other scale and the balance tips. Just have faith in this deep truth and you can live a natural life without fear and without self-righteousness.


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READINGS FROM THE COMMENTARY
ON SUMMARY OF FAITH & PRACTICE
Priti Vaishnav & Dharmavidya

These reading recommence weekly on Thursdays from 8th September at 16:30. Summary of Faith & Practice is a text by Dharmavidya based on the Ishimai Kishomon of Honen Shonin. The Commentary is an extensive explanation of this short text providing insight into the whole range of Pureland Dharma. Each week we study a short section. 
New code: https://bit.ly/3T9tX0x
Meeting ID: 871 8967 0352  -:-  Passcode: 732590


22-23rd October 2022
"ENCOUNTER & PATH"
OCTOBER 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
JANUARY 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


EXISTING STUDENTS: REGISTER FOR AUTUMN SEMESTER

If you are a student already on the programme and have completed the first semester, please now get your ticket for Semester Two, Classrooms 5 to 7.
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha


NEW STUDENTS: REGISTRATION FOR 2023

The next intake is for 1st February 2023. You can register now. 
1st February 2023 to 30th April 2025 
If you register now, you can attend seminars through this autumn from the date of registration. The course proper commences 1st February 2023

“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 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 is presented in 48 lessons organised into four and a half semesters, Material is 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 15 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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OBON & SUMMER SCHOOL

Angela Romani: During the Obon and Buddhist psychology summer school, we built a lovely and friendly community with people from all around the world, with common intention to practice the Dharma.  It’s been a direct experience of life, not only because of teachings, but living together: an experience of daily chores such as cooking different dishes, washing up, cleaning, helping each other in every day life. It was beautiful to experience the coming together of people in this countryside place with it’s own authenticity and natural beauty. We’re bringing home many jewels such as trust, friendship, richness. We’re full of gratitude to the Buddha, to Dharmavidya and all the conditions created by the universe, even including the rainbow to our gathering. 


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INDRA’S NET

Every day, 
in search of the jewel in the mud.
Every day a new jewel.
Usually failing to find it.
Then a moment of awakening:
it is the searching that is the mud!
But then the effort to give up searching
is mud worse.
Mud upon mud. 
Worse upon worse.
Give up.
Stop pretending:
Then, oh, the jewel is made of mud
the mud a net of jewels.




FIRES PAST & FIRE TO COME

As I was writing this [mid-August], fires were raging in the south west of France only four hours drive from here. The war in Ukraine is still escalating as each side takes to using more and more powerful weapons. The south polar icecap is melting at twice the rate previously thought. The pandemic is by no means over and new diseases emerge. The world is in a bad state and at least three and probably all four of these disasters are man made. I cannot help lamenting this situation. Individually one feels powerless. There is little or nothing I can do. Here, the heat outside in the daytime is remorseless making work exhausting. This afternoon I took the visitors on an outing to a beautiful flower garden. We admired the scents and colours and marvelled at the amount of work that must be entailed keeping this little" paradise fresh and alive, especially in times of regional drought. What can one say except, enjoy what is there while it is there, for it is impermanent. There is still beauty in our midst. Yet we already feel the effects of the world crisis in the cost of food and fuel. Soon there may be real shortages even in our sophisticated western lands. 

What will humans do in this situation? Will they pull together to do what is necessary to avert the impending ecological catastrophe? Almost certainly not. When crises pass they forget. When crises come they fight one another. The world is dividing into camps. Systems of civic order are under serious strain.

As I write the guests are having showers. I can hear the water running. How long will that continue to be possible? All over France there is a rash of water related crime. People are stealing and hoarding water. I am introducing water saving measures. If it is a choice between washing and feeding, food should come first, but right now food production in the countryside is at a halt so that people in town can still have showers. Did we get that right? But there are more voters in town, while here in the country I have never seen so many fields lying fallow.

Are you worried? I am. I am afraid that more people are going to starve, more are going to lose their homes, more are going to fight and be killed, more are going to get diseases. The human world has had this before, of course. So far the problem is not on the scale of the Black Death, or the Hundred Years War. There have been terrible famines and plagues, but in the past it was not on a world scale and there was no threat to the whole biosphere. Now I sit at ease in my little home trying to plan a community for the future while the world inches toward disaster. Enjoy what there is while it remains, for it is impermanent and when the day comes we shall suffer, but let us suffer together and not be cutting each other’s throats. Namo Amitabhaya.


ELEUSIS NEWS

The heat continued throughout July and into August. We gradually introduced a series of water saving measures. If you use the toilet, when you wash your hands, catch that water in a bin and use it to flush the toilet. A 1000 litre tank was installed to catch run off from the barn roof. Some measures are simple and cheap. Some are more expensive. Perhaps this year has been exceptional or perhaps there is worse to come in future years. We shall see. The landscape became bare. Crops were abandoned. Farmers were prohibited from watering. Fields lay uncultivated. It is twenty years since we had a canicule like this. Eventually the rain came and with it a fine rainbow. How grateful we were for the respite! Now the sun returns again.

It has been the season of guests and people come and go for courses or just to visit. it is delightful to see old friends, to meet new ones and especially to meet in person with those with whom one has built a close and flourishing relationship online. Happy and deep conversations go on around the meal table or under the walnut tree.  

Oasis Two: A consultation is under way among the small number of keenly interested people about the best constitution for the new project. There is a lot to think about. Probably we shall go for a system with a constitution registered in England even though the bulk of the activity will be in France since we are more familiar with English law and the system and the resulting organisation is and will be simpler. Much to think about.



PODCAST GS 73

The practice of devotion is a big issue as Buddhism comes to the West. We have created a secular world in which devotion is suspect. Yet innumerable Buddhist texts begin with passages like this one from the Tibetan lama Jigme Gyalwai Nyougou:

Oh Bhagavat of perfect and immaculate purity, I pay homage to you.
I prostrate at your feet, protector of infinite light and life.
You who have your seat in Sukhavati, amidst limitless luminosity
born of your mass of merit.


As a modern Buddhist, is one to skip over such passages in an attempt tp find the supposed real intellectual meat of the sutra, or is one to realise that it is precisely this devotional attitude that is the real substance of the faith that has been transmitted for generations? 

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Rainbow during
the Psychology Summer School

Photo by Tani Katz




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BOOKS BY DAVID BRAZIER

The book It Is As It Is
Poems by David Brazier and art by Ruby Lee is on the verge of publication - watch this space. Full details in the next issue of the Newsletter.

Peter Coyote's talk about The Feeling Buddha can be seen at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaQ3qlXLT7I&t=68s

There is 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.
Webpage: https://www.skycloudmountain.com/david-brazier


BOOKS RECEIVED / ACQUIRED

  • The Diary of Anais Nin, volume 2, 1934-1939 edited by G Stuhlmann, published by Harcourt Brace. copyright 1967 Anais Nin. Paperback.
  • La Terre pure d'Amitabha, tome I: Sutras, dharanis et prières. Traduit per Jean-François Buliard. Hardback. Editions Yogi Ling www.yogi-ling.net
  • Il Dhammapada: sulle tracce del Buddha. Pubblicato da Ubiliber, Roma. Copyright 2022 Unione Buddhista Italiana

INTERESTING BOOKS & A FILMED LECTURE

The Trail to Kanjiroba is about a trek in the Himalaya, but also about the plight of Planet Earth and whether the planet is in need of "hospice care". You can read an interview with the author on the Tricycle site at https://tricycle.org/article/trail-to-kanjiroba/

For books about ecology and biodiversity, here is an interesting selection/
https://shepherd.com/best-books/biodiversity-ecology-and-extinction

And a filmed lecture on Korean buddhist Art can be seen at the link below if you have access to Academia
https://www.academia.edu/video/kOvarl?email_video_card=watch-video&pls=RVP


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DIARY  
All times are Rome time zone

Every day 06:30-06:50
Nembutsu Chanting
- Geeta Chari
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84702079106?pwd=bGxZbGF4c2hTU2xUbTdNWjZoRFNMUT09

Thursday  14:30, 8th September & every two weeks
IBAP Group / BP Diploma Tutors Meeting *

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 25th August & every two weeks
ITZI Supervision Group **
- Iris Dotan Katz
For presentation, review and discussion of counselling/psychotherapy casework from a Buddhist psychology perspective.

Thursdays 16:30 from 8th September
Readings from the Commentary on Summary of Faith & Practice
New code: https://bit.ly/3T9tX0x
Meeting ID: 871 8967 0352  -:-  Passcode: 732590

Fridays  19:30 from 9th September
Amitabha Service For the West 
- Vajrapala & Angela Romani
https://bit.ly/3dUEoVu
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209   -:-   Passcode: 137836

Saturday 10:00 & 20:00, 3rd September, 1st October, 12th November, 3rd December
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,
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83365263186?pwd=cURmOW5FNGJvdTd2SG1qVWtPSDJrZz09
Meeting ID: 833 6526 3186  -:-  Passcode: 353386

Saturday 10th September
Upavastha: Full Moon Practice Renewal
Programme of puja, readings, meditation, & chanting until evening
https://bit.ly/3OhYJ3r  -:-  Meeting ID: 833 6526 3186  -:-  Passcode: 353386

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
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

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

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Tickets <https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globalsangha> - to book courses


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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]>,


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