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About Me:
Dharmavidya David Brazier is Head of the Amida Order and President of ITZI (International Zen Therapy Institute). He lives at Eleusis hermitage in Cher in Central France, and travels extensively both in support of the diverse membership of Amida-shu and teaching Dharma and Buddhist psychology through ITZI.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Amida Pureland Buddhist
Occupation or Primary Activity
Head of the Amida Order & President of ITZI
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
Buddhist priest since 1977.
What is your interest in Amida-shu
My interest is to support the faith and practice of everybody involved, to try to inspire an open and loving atmosphere, and to facilitate the sangha in making a positive contribution to society as to the growth of religious consciousness.
How did you find this web site?
I was the second member
What country are you living in?
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
What can you offer to other members of this network?
A place to stay, Travelling companion, Guide
What other interests do you have, eg Arts, Gardening and so on.
Gardening, woodmanship, poetry, walking, travelling, good conversation, history, philosophy, photography, writing books, meeting artists.
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David Brazier's most recent book

Robert Wicks, Author of Riding the Dragon (Sorin Books) and The Resilient Clinician (Oxford University Press). Catholic. Professor, Loyola University Maryland: In Love and Disappointment David Brazier calls us to see what is at the core of life in refreshing, vitalizing ways. He offers new insights that seminal thinker Carl Rogers might have offered himself if he were alive today. It is thought provoking, nourishing of the inner life, and ideal reflective material for both professionals and searchers seeking to live "the honourable life". This book is about the possibility of love in a world that fails to really recognize the true import of its motivating force. Brazier's approach not only educates and helps us think differently but also, in Iris Murdoch's words, it " inspires love in the part of us that is most worthy." What more can you ask of a book than this?

Julia Samuel, Metanoia Institute Tutor, Honorary Fellow of Imperial College: A compelling book, like a power house of thought that has been building up over a long time and successfully found its voice, as it pulled me the reader along. The clarity of the author's thought is rare indeed. His overall thesis that as loving beings we are inevitably thwarted, and how art and therapy can inform, help and occasionally heal us finds a way of saying what I have felt for a long time. His skill at drawing on other theorists, writers, philosophers, and his own thinking and integrating it into one clear treatise is brilliant. The risk he takes in standing up and banging the drum for love as the main motivation in man is convincing and lays bare our defences against it, and of course its frustration.

Nathan Katz, Jewish, Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University: This is just what we need: a psychology based not on raw sex, or power, or fear, or mystical obscurantism, but on love and beauty. Here a skilled psychologist, artist and priest opens us to hopeful, enlightening and heretofore unanticipated possibilities. It is a book for all of us, professional and lay, western and eastern, sceptical and credulous.

Gregg Krech Buddhist, author of Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-reflection; and of other books on Naikan and Constructive Living: Wise, insightful, compassionate observations that teach us that we find love not in ourselves but in that which we are devoted to. Brazier has created a thought-provoking paradigm in which love, art, spirituality and psychotherapy attempt to dance together to the symphony of life's meaning, conducted passionately within the corridor of the human heart. {} Review copies:

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At 4:19 on April 1, 2013, Wollmer Uzcategui said…

hola como va  todo? aqui en el camino de Amida y su luz , no me olviden Buda bendiga tenemos mas personas asistiendo al grupo saludos a todos


At 15:35 on March 11, 2013, Fernando Silva said…

Dear Dharmavidya,


I lost my last mail account and then all the addresses from Friend of Amida. Now I am starting again the contact with my friends of this NIng.

Please, accept my invite to be my friend.

Thank you!



At 22:10 on February 24, 2013, Eduardo Oca said…

Thanks David!!

At 15:40 on December 10, 2011, Vajrapala said…

A thousand thanks for the very beautiful days on the Body Retreat. My heart is full of joy and love for you all. It touched my deep and I take all your inspiration with me and will go deeper and further with this. Nab, lut

At 1:35 on October 29, 2011, Peter Schogol said…
I appreciate the welcome.  Since we last corresponded I've developed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Motor Neurone Disease) and my life has become somewhat difficult.  Still, at such times one looks to simplify one's life and make choices that will effect not only the present but the future postmortem.
At 19:54 on August 25, 2011, Julia "Briggs" said…

I am so pleased to be able to write to you
 and let you all know I have completed my
Nurse training. I am about to graduate and
 qualify with a 2:1 BSc(Hons) as a Children's
 nurse. I have also been offered a job, starting
 the first week in October on the Children's
 Cancer and Haematology ward.
I trust you are all well, thinking of you all often
Namo amida bu
At 9:11 on July 25, 2011, Shantikara said…
Hang on Rob - I'm going to email you and Dharmavidya so I can provide more clarification of the project from how I saw it - rather than doing it here on the FOA site.
At 1:04 on July 25, 2011, Robert McCarthy said…

Hi Dharmavidya, I hope all is well over in France and I guess the recent cool damp weather is keeping those wasps quiet.

Shantikara has written to me about the Dharmaviday project and I am very happy to be involved. This will take much work and I am seeking guidance from you as to how to approach this. It seems to me to be a wonderful idea and once done we could have some ongoing way to keep updating things.

I would like the project to be teachings of Amida trust founders; this will include talks and books of Caroline and Modgala- Buddhist psychology very much comes to mind. There is a huge volume of material, we are very fortunate. The main work is not compiling but organising access. In that is my major concern and what has held my hand previously; I dont want the whole project to reflect only what has inspired those organising access but dont see how to get around that problem. Also I believe there would be a software programme that may do the transciption. It took me around ten hours of work for every hour of talk time when I have done transcription previously and there are hundreds of talks. We want this project to be available some time not too far away and just the job of compiling and organising will take much time.

And this is a project in my heart, especially with the talks so many wonderful teachings can be made available.  Namo Amida Bu

At 20:17 on June 13, 2011, Vajrapala said…

Thanks for your lovely reaction. 

Me to was very pleased with your being there and your good words which help me a lot.

Namo Amida Bu



At 17:15 on May 20, 2011, sudha said…

  Dear Dharamvidya,

   Thank you  I really enjoyed the stay at  Tbh,which has given me a new way to deal with things in life.  I  am back home with  more confidence in myself. once again thank you for everything!






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