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David Brazier
France & all over the world
Buddhist teacher, president of ITZI, author, critic, teacher of Zen Therapy & Buddhist Psychology
Interests: Writing & Teaching Buddhist Psychology
Recent Activity
It is Wed 10 Feb 2016 and David has been discharged from hospital. He has been told from the doctors that his blood is finally good but will continue to be treated for a while as an out patient. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Flotsam & Jetsam
The change of drugs and medication seemed to have done the trick. He has had a better nights sleep and the pain has subsided. He is still in hospital, now dressed in compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at Flotsam & Jetsam
It's just over a week since his brief meeting with the grim reaper. The treatment is working but as time goes on it seems that his body is reacting negatively to the drugs. The doctors will try a new drug... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Flotsam & Jetsam
It's Monday 1 February, 4 days since Dharmavidya was admitted to hospital, and the treatment is working and the patient is recovering. No more wires, no more needles, and no travelling for at least six months. He will most likely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Flotsam & Jetsam
On Thursday 28 January around 16.30 Dharmavidya was rushed to the hospital in St. Amand Montrond, France. He had been experiencing difficulty breathing earlier in the week and it has now been confirmed that he has four large blood clots... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Flotsam & Jetsam
A number of experts are predicting that an crash in the American stock market is inevitable in the not too distant future. Stock prices have been rising and rising since just after the beginning of Obama's period in office. During this time America has had policies of loosening liquidity in... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Obaron
The economic up-turn that is beginning in Europe will, I suspect, prove more long lasting and go further than most commentators suspect. There is a general assumption that Europe is slow and inefficient and that although it may now have a cyclical up-turn this will be relatively weak compared with... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Obaron
The project of European unification which draws its ultimate strength and momentum from a revulsion for the carnage that devastated the continent twice in the twentieth century and many times in previous ones, has gradually gathered momentum. Now the project of European unification has reached the point where a further... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Obaron
It seems very odd to see the powers that claim to be representing democracy in the world imposing sanctions on another country because it rattifies a referendum in which there was an overwhelming majority. It seems that when it comes to it they do not really want the people to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Obaron
Disturbing developments. Didn't somebody in ancient Greece say something about how democracy inevitably leads to tyranny? It happens like this. The more democratic a country becomes the more what we might call intervening communities - that is groups with some independent power existing between the citizen and the state -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Obaron
Geoffrey Manning and Ed Snowdon's action have changed the world in two significant ways that will have long term consequences. Both are in the area of goodwill or the lack of it. The first is that they have changed the image of Russia and of Latin America to a small... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Obaron
The situation is Egypt is truly lamentable. A government gets elected with a solid majority. It tries to implement its programme and is overthrown by representatives of the previous dictatorial regime. How can we see this as anything other than simply wrong and bad? If it is the fact that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Obaron
In Britain, the Conservative Party, uncharacteristically, appears to be in panic. This has come about through the rise of the anti-Europe and anti-immigarion UK Independence Party. The Conservatives have handled the situation about as badly as one could. When a new party appears on the scene, from a purely tactical... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Obaron
We do not hear much about monetarism these days, but perhaps we should. The key idea of monetarism is that the crucial variable in economic life is the money supply. Money occupies a distinctive position in that it is both a medium of exchange and a commodity. Money evolved out... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Obaron
Come and join us for our regular wednesday evening practice meeting. Food and fellowship at 6.30pm and practice at 7.30pm All welcome. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at Sukhavati
Thanks, Alen - yes, in some ways the current emergence of Europe is a kind of validation of the creativity of chaos and its superiority as a creative medium over rational planning. Each step in the unfolding situation draws on previous errors and somehow by muddling through something rather powerful is happening in a largely unrecognised manner.
I have been following the Cyprus crisis quite closely, not least because, many years ago, I used to live there. Many commentators are opining that the whole thing is a disaster and that the EU has handled it badly. I disagree. I am much more in agreement with Peter Gumbel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Obaron
Thanks, Robert. Yes, the question of what is real wealth and what is just numbers and what is actually negative is complex and would present many challenges but is much needed nonetheless.
President Obama must be the envy of many leading politicians. He has somehow managed to bring in an unpopular package of austerity measures in a way that has led the public to blame his opponants for them. This requires some very clever footwork. Not only that, but the cuts will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Obaron
The dynamics of voting and popular opinion are complex. The Lib Dem victory in Eastleigh was not expected by many. Even the victors seem relieved and a touch surprised that they pulled it off. Obviously a big factor has been the UKIP intrusion which has taken votes from both the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Obaron
Thanks for your comment, Tom. A bit over-strong, I think. The fact is that most people do feel concerned about the bonuses paid to bankers and I'm sure that if it were up to Mr-and-Mrs average there would be such a capping. I don't think it is that bankers are to blame for the economic crisis, though some obviously did have a hand in rash investments in the housing loans market, but there is a general sense that a situation where some companies are propped up by the government so that they do not go bankrupt is bending the rules and if the money that is used to do this propping up then finds its way into the pockets of the leaders of the failing companies then you do not have to be a genius to work out that something has gone wrong.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2013 on Britain prefers to keep bankers fat at Obaron
The European Union has agreed some sensible policies to control banks, including putting a cap on bonuses paid to bankers. The UK is against controls of this kind and would like its bankers to get bigger bonuses. UK hopes in this way to lure the best bankers. What the British... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Obaron
Dharmavidya David Brazier writes here about spiritually informed therapy describing the approach as 'auto-assisted analysis'. Gain insight into the latest thinking and ideas of the author of Zen Therapy and The Feeling Buddha by following the link Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Institute for Zen Therapy
There is something bizarre about the way that nations assess how they are doing economically. Many years ago I worked in accountancy. A company is required to produce two kinds of account at the end of each year, a balance sheet and a trading account. These accounts reveal, albeit in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Obaron