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Petition Against Ethnic Cleansing in Myanamar

Is anybody following the recent outbreak of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority by Buddhists in Myanamar? This atrocity is happening in the name of Buddhism and the ringleaders are said to be Buddhist monks. This is an outrage in all respects, though it may just go to prove that in the end Buddhists are no better and are sometimes worse than everybody else. But if you believe in the dharma and feel that among its most liberating attributes are its call for non-violence and belief in…

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Added by Bob on June 4, 2015 at 8:20 — No Comments

Guardian Petition

Take a look at the petition in the Guardian that Caroline and I signed and spread the word!

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/17/austerity-and-a-malign-benefits-regime-are-profoundly-damaging-mental-health

Added by Bob on April 17, 2015 at 13:18 — No Comments

website

Greetings Everyone,

I just want to let people know that I have a website up and running and that I am posting a weekly blog on issues relating to Buddhism and psychotherapy. If you are interested please check out the link below.

Many Thanks,

Bob

http://www.bobchisholmcounselling.com/blog

Added by Bob on September 19, 2014 at 11:56 — 2 Comments

Petetion

I don't know about you, but I have reached terminal disgust with the way corporate interests are ruining our planet and impoverishing most of the people who live on it in order to enrich a tiny minority of exceedingly wealthy people. A recent example of corporate greed in action can be seen in the way utility companies have raked in massive profits whilst energy prices are predicted to soar. So I have started a petition to nationalize energy for the benefit of the British public. If you are…

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Added by Bob on November 28, 2013 at 19:54 — No Comments

Retreat Cancellation

We regret that the retreat on the 17th of November has been cancelled due to a planning error---mostly on my part! We generally like to hold a retreat day after each forum in order to make the weekend complete for those who may have to travel far to come to the Buddhist House. And we shall continue to do this in future. But this time we are unable to do so and we apologize to anybody who had hoped to come this Sunday.

Added by Bob on November 13, 2013 at 9:15 — No Comments

Retreat Day November the 17th

Ian Finlay will be leading a day long retreat which…
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Added by Bob on November 7, 2013 at 10:22 — No Comments

AMessage from Margaret Meyer

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Added by Bob on November 4, 2013 at 7:56 — No Comments

Therapists Forum on the 16th of November

I would just like to let everyone know that we will be having a therapist's forum at the Buddhist House on Saturday, the 16th of November which will feature Margaret Meyer, a Gestalt therapist from Henley-on-Thames. Margaret has a great interest in the use of metaphor in therapy and she will be leading a discussion that will touch on this and related themes. The forums we have held in the past have always proven to be lively talking shops where ideas can be freely exchanged and debated.…

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Added by Bob on October 14, 2013 at 18:44 — No Comments

weekend retreat

Thanks to Manu Bazzano for making the trip up to Narborough to lead the Zen retreat this past weekend. We were a small group of eight people (including Manu), but there was a strongly focused energy that was felt by us all. Manu's leadership had much to do with the cultivation of that energy. We hope to build on the success of the past two silent retreats that have been held at the Buddhist House. Ian Finlay led a similar retreat several months ago and many of the people who came to his…

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Added by Bob on October 7, 2013 at 8:01 — No Comments

slight change to Zen retreat schedule

There has been a small change to the schedule for Manu's Zen retreat from the 4th to 6th of October. The Friday evening supper will be informal and will be served to guests upon their arrival rather than be a shared meal at 18:00. Zazen will also commence at 20:00 rather than 19:30 as it was scheduled before. We hope these two changes will enable more people to come to the retreat.

If you are interested in attending the retreat and still haven't booked a reservation please contact me…

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Added by Bob on September 25, 2013 at 11:24 — No Comments

Appreciate Your Life with Manu Bazzano

Appreciate Your Life

A weekend Zen Retreat with Manu Bazzano

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October 

A meditation retreat based on Dōgen Zenji’s genjo koan – the koan, or enigma of daily life.For Dōgen, practice and realization are one and the same thing.We do not practice Buddhism in order to achieve a special state of…

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Added by Bob on August 12, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Last Saturday's Forum

Just a quick note to say how well last Saturday's therapist forum went. We had a nice, big turnout of fifteen people, many of them old friends and past students we hadn't seen in a long time. Keeping in touch with like-minded people who share in the values and believe in the possibilities of Buddhist psychotherapy is much of what the forums are all about. But it is also about bringing in new perspectives and fresh ideas which is certainly what Jonny White of the Karuna Institute brought in…

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Added by Bob on June 19, 2013 at 19:15 — 1 Comment

June Therapist Forum with Jonny White

I would like everyone who might be interested to mark the 15th of June as the date for the next therapist's forum. We are really looking forward to welcoming Jonny White, a psychotherapist and trainer from the Karuna Institute as our guest speaker. His topic will be "Intimate Mindfulness" and his presentation will include a talk, exercises and an open discussion. Most people are probably aware that the Karuna Insitute is another training program in Buddhist psychotherapy. So this forum will…

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Added by Bob on June 5, 2013 at 11:16 — No Comments

June Therapist Forum with Jonny White

I would like everyone who might be interested to mark the 15th of June as the date for the next therapist's forum. We are really looking forward to welcoming Jonny White, a psychotherapist and trainer from the Karuna Institute as our guest speaker. His topic will be "Intimate Mindfulness" and his presentation will include a talk, exercises and an open discussion. Most people are probably aware that the Karuna Insitute is another training program in Buddhist psychotherapy. So this forum will…

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Added by Bob on June 5, 2013 at 11:15 — No Comments

Ian sitting with friends

A quick note to say that the weekend retreat "Sitting with Friends" just finished and it went very well, indeed. There were only five of us in total--- Aramati, Debbie, Lauren, Ian and myself---  but I think everybody found it was a very comfortable and mutually supportive group. Ian deserves the lion's share of praise for this, not only for stepping in for Tom who wasn't able to make it, but also for bringing his own unique spirit of compassion and humility to his position as retreat…

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Added by Bob on March 3, 2013 at 20:35 — No Comments

Zazen in the Buddhist House

Due to unforeseen circumstances Tom Myojozen Radcliffe regrets that he will not be able to lead the forthcoming Zen retreat at the Buddhist House. We're sorry Tom can't be with us that weekend, but we wish him all the best and hope that we can welcome him  some other time. Fortunately, we are happy to have Ian Finlay take over as the leader of the retreat. Ian has been a serious practitioner of Zen and other non-dual traditions for over forty years. His teachers include Zen Master Hogen-san…

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Added by Bob on February 18, 2013 at 19:10 — No Comments

BACP Student Event

There will be a BACP student event at Imperial College London on Saturday 23/02/2013 which will offer advice and workshops for careers in psychotherapy and counselling.  For further information or to book a place, please phone 01455 883300 or visit:

www.bacp.co.uk/studentevent 

Added by Bob on December 13, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Buddhist Therapists Forum

A quick word about the therapist's forum last Saturday here at the Buddhist House. We were a little apprehensive weeks before the forum that the turnout would be low and so I actually discouraged a guest speaker from making presentation at this time for that reason. But in the end we had a respectable number of participants as ten people came, including three therapists from other orientations. After introductions, I led a discussion on anxiety which seemed to get the ball rolling and the…

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Added by Bob on September 24, 2012 at 9:15 — 1 Comment

going to France

Hello Everyone!

If anyone is going out to France in mid-July (before the 23rd when I am scheduled to teach the yoga course) and has room for me in their car, please let me know. I'll be happy to contribute to the cost of petrol and help drive if that would help, too.

Many Thanks,

Bob

Added by Bob on June 30, 2012 at 10:37 — 1 Comment

ninged off!

To everyone who has requested to be my friend--Karen, Stone, David, Hussam and anyone else who might have made a request--I haven't been refusing or neglecting you, I simply haven't been able to access my acount. The computer drone that calls itself Lisa wasn't much help, either. So I have had to start up a new account, but it's still under my old nom de plume. I hope to be in touch with you all soon! 

Added by Bob on March 15, 2012 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Contact Us

Tariki Trust
The Buddhist House
12 Coventry Rd
Narborough
LE 19 2GR

www.tarikitrust.org
www.buddhistpsychology.info

courses@tarikitrust.org

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TARIKI TRUST IS A REGISTERED CHARITY

If you would like to help support our work, you can do so by donating through paypal or by sending us your donation directly. We really appreciate your support.

Besides offering training and retreats, Tariki Trust is involved in chaplaincy, environmental action and community support. No one in Tariki is salaried and all work including teaching is voluntary or offered at rates which are well below the professional norms.

OBITUARY- PERRY ISODORE IGOE

Friends, family and loved ones: greetings, and thank you for joining us for this celebration of the life of Perry Isadore Igoe.

Though we gather here today, bound by sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We were all privileged to live a life that has been touched by Perry. He possessed a number of extraordinary gifts, which he shared with us freely. None of these gifts, however, are more remarkable than his capacity for love in its purest, most sincere, and honest form. Love for his adored wife, his beloved daughters, his precious friends, and for nature that surrounds us all, especially the life breathed into us by the trees.

Perry was born August 1st 1963 and was very premature so spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator where he captured the hearts of the nurses and midwives with his cuteness. The trademark infectious Perry smile is well known by all his friends and family so without a doubt, even as a baby he could melt hearts.

Growing up, he went to school in Braintree in Essex, where he lived with his mum Carol, his younger sister Tracey, and older brother Wayne.

Perry was severely dyslexic, so, as a young man, in a very lean job market, he looked for a practical career. He joined the RAF at 16 and served with them for 17 years in Biggin Hill, Brize Norton, Germany, and the Falkland islands. Perry was a peace loving soul and had no desire to ever take up arms, harm, or kill anyone. Since however there had been no wars for a long time, it felt like a fairly safe career for a fit young man. It suited Perry who loved to be part of a team.

When he was 23, Perry managed to search for and finally find his father, Isadore Griffin, who was Black American, which led to several visits to his father in the USA.  Sadly his father also died at an early age a few years later. But Perry has continued to keep regularly in touch with the American side of his family – he was always telling Liz that one day soon they would go to visit, what he jokingly called, - ‘the dark side’!

Perry then worked in logistics and stores for the RAF and was promoted to corporal but, as the Cold War ended, promotions in the RAF were increasingly hard to come by. So after 17 years Perry took voluntary redundancy, left the RAF and went to work for Motorola in Swindon. He bought a house with his then wife, Carrie, and lived in it with his two daughters Sian & Kylie and rather a lot of strange pets. 

Perry was a great believer in investing in property and at one point when he found his work hours cut down, he took on two other jobs and bought a house in Avebury, which he rented out for a while. He later moved to Avebury with his wife Antoinette and ran a B&B there. 

Avebury was a spiritual home for Perry – he loved the standing stones and he enjoyed the succession of eccentric, visiting tourists interested in the stone circles as well as the many crop circles that pop up in Wiltshire fields in the spring and summer months. Whilst Perry was there he was a member of a Wiccan coven and later a shamanistic group.

In 2007 Perry decided to train as a counsellor with the Buddhist Organisation, the Amida Trust – now re-named - the Tariki Trust. This was where he met Liz and they became good friends.  In 2009 they both qualified as counsellors. In his usual ‘speedy’ fashion Perry had completed the course in record time – under 2 years. He went on to work for an organisation which helped educate young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perry worked as a counsellor for several years before he finally fulfilled a life-long dream of buying a property ‘somewhere warm’.

In 2013 Perry moved again, lock stock and barrel, to the Serra De Estrella Mountains in Portugal where he quickly made a lot of friends among the ex-pats from the UK and Europe, all busy restoring old buildings and farming the land.

Perry and Liz met again accidentally in 2014 at the Buddhist House. They fell in love during a marathon 17.5 hour dinner and talked through the night and most of the following day. Since then Perry and Liz have been busy restoring their house in Portugal, affectionately named ‘The Ranch’ and have gone from having baths by candlelight in the goat shed, to a beautiful home with 3 bathrooms. Perry was never happier than when he was walking around the land working out watering systems and making sure the 150 trees he’d planted were growing well. Indicative of his altruistic personality and philosophy of sustainability, all the trees he planted at ‘The Ranch’ have been selected to provide for the next generations. A fan of tree nursing myself, I would often ask him about his trees and we would share videos and ideas for them. On a specific topic of his latest project, the Pecan trees, he mentioned how the earliest the small, 1-inch saplings would grow to bear fruit in 10 years, and it might be a good 20 before they reach maturity. “Perry,” I said, “that's ...a really long time.” To which he replied: “They aren't for me.”

And this is the type of person Perry was - always thinking of others first. Planning for the long term, working for a sustainable world, a world that works with nature, not against it. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “a wise man plants trees in whose shade he knows he will never sit.”

Perry had a great love of nature and the natural world, which he attributed to his Native American ancestors. His great love was trees, which he believed really spoke to him. So Perry returned to the Buddhist house to train in eco-therapy and shortly thereafter Perry and Liz started running eco-therapy and tree planting holidays in Portugal. Alongside his projects in Portugal, Perry joined several local eco-projects in Bristol.

On the 10th of July 2016, Perry and Liz married at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire in a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony with over a 100 family and friends. Neither of them stopped smiling and laughing all day long, and Perry tore up the dance floor in what seemed like a union of John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. Since then they have spent six months of every year at the Ranch in Portugal and have welcomed many family and friends as visitors there.

Perry loved life – he just loved being here on this earth. Many people on this Earth believe in a higher power or greater purpose. Perry was content being himself, in this world, right now, enjoying the greatest and the smallest life has to offer. A true “Zen master”, as I like to describe him to my friends.

Perry was the most gentle and kindest of men – a true gentleman. Perry never had a bad word to say about anyone – not a criticism or judgement ever passed his lips. He didn’t swear, he didn’t argue, and he also didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, or even take tea or coffee. That is one reason why his death has been such a shock for all of us. Perry’s life was about love, acceptance, and working with others as part of a team, and he lived that out with every breath he took.

We have been lucky to know Perry in this life, we regret his passing on so soon, and so young, but his spirit and his legacy will remain among us – youthful, lively, fun, and full of love, and that oh-so-special smile.  We honour him.   

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Posted by caroline brazier on August 29, 2017 at 18:30

TARIKI ECOTHERAPY UPDATE

This is a newsletter for all those who have been involved with our Ten Directions ecotherapy training, including past and current students and people who are considering joining the programme in 2017. Within Tariki we have a growing community of people who share an interest in taking therapeutic work outdoors and we want to keep you in touch with us and with one…

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Posted by caroline brazier on March 24, 2017 at 20:32

Grounded in Faith: Psychotherapy and Pureland - paper presented at European Shin Conference 2012

Grounded in Faith: Psychotherapy and Pureland

Since the time of the Buddha people have looked to Buddhism as a source of salvation from their unhappiness and confusion. In the modern age, psychotherapy has become a route which many people choose to help them face and move beyond their personal suffering. Not surprisingly many Western therapists tend to gravitate towards Buddhist ideas and, conversely, Buddhists are often interested in exploring how their faith…

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Posted by caroline brazier on September 4, 2012 at 14:35

Running Tide Article

I wrote this article for Running Tide back in January but it didnt get published and as Running Tide has only just come out, things had obviously moved on. I'm putting it up here because it seems like a pity to waste a good article - or even a mediocre one!

 

Going Back to Go Forward: The Birth of Tariki Trust

How often do you wish you could go…

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Posted by caroline brazier on March 13, 2012 at 22:49 — 4 Comments

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