In mid Februrary 2013 I started my two months tenure as a researcher in residence in the faculty of theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. My research area is Chan/Zen Practice in China and the West. A few days arter my arrival, my hosting professor of Buddhism Andre van der Braak inivted me to sit in his class of Mahayana Buddhism for which I was expected to teach a couple of lectures later on. Co-inciently Jnanamati was also visiting the class through Mirjam Hartkamp's…
Novice Amitarya with Amida Order and registered Art Therapist. I was born in the Greater London area and until recently have lived in different places in the UK for all of my life. I originally trained as an artist at John Moores University in Liverpool obtaining a BA in fine art sculpture in 1990. I worked for a time as an artist in Central London before settling in South East Essex, my home region. I then worked for a local AIDS charity, before taking employment with a national mental health charity, working as a group worker then manager in this field for nearly a decade. I trained as an Art Psychotherapist at the University of Hertfordshire, graduating in 2006 and practised from this time up to July 2009 in the state sector - CAMHS and family services. In September 2009 I joined the Amida Buddhist community then based in Narborough, UK and became an Ordained member of the Order of Amida Buddha just over a year later. I am a full-time Pureland priest (novice) and currently spend time in France (Eleusis), Belgium, London (Sukhavati) and India (Delhi and Assam).
What can you offer to ITZI, & what is your interest in being a member?
I am a board member of ITZI, co-ordinator or IZT (UK), tutor on the distance learning course in Buddhist Psychology, occasional retreat leader and administrator of the Amida Academy site. I also provide some assistant support to Dharmavidya David Brazier and help to manage Eleusis, a retreat centre in central France.
I am also currently organising a 'Zen Therapist' or Buddhist orientated therapist register based on a previous initiative developed by David, working with others developing online courses and planning a distance learning course on the subject of Buddhist Art
Dear Jnanamati, it's lovely that our cooperation will intensify. I'm happy with that. In case of the 3 events in Belgium: is it good to put them here or not? And the logo of ITZI is beautiful! Thank you. With love