Dharmavidya David Brazier is a Buddhist teacher, authority on Buddhist psychology, and author of more than a dozen books.  He is founder and former head of Amida Shu and the Amida Order, and is currently president of the International Zen Therapy Institute.  Born in 1947 in England, he now lives in a hermitage in central France.  He has recognised a number of other Dharma teachers, including Reverend Master Susthama Kim, the current head of the Amida Order.
      Dharmavidya has studied with major teachers in several of the main branches of Buddhism. He trained in Shamatha with Burmese teacher Nati Boonman, Vajrayana with Chogyam Trungpa, and Soto Zen with Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett. He became a member of the Tiep Hien Order of Thich Nhat Hanh, until the founding of the Amida sangha in 1998. He has also received important teachings from Gisho Saiko Sensei and other Japanese Pureland masters.
      David Brazier had an earlier career in social and community work and has made significant contributions in socially engaged Buddhism, notably in Bosnia following the civil war, with refugees in India, and in the mental health field in Britain.
      His most recent book is The Dark Side of the Mirror: Forgetting the self in Dogen’s Genjo Koan; he is on the editorial team of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Meditation, and he is currently working on a commentary on a work of Honen Shonin.
      In early 2020 the international community now known as Global Sangha began to take form for which he has given online teachings, retreats, dharma talks and services and recorded over a hundred five-minute podcasts. 
      Although retired from leadership of the Amida Order and living in semi-retreat, his writings and teachings continue to promote the Dharma and spread Pureland Buddhism around the world.   

B O O K S

THE DARK SIDE OF THE MIRROR: 
Forgetting the Self in Dogen’s Genjo Koan
Reveals the pivotal principle at the heart of Dogen’s Zen and shows how his revelation of it was rooted in his personal experience, as well as in the religious consciousness of his time. 

THE FEELING BUDDHA: A Buddhist Psychology of Character, Adversity and Passion
Buddha emerges as a very human figure whose success lay not in his perfection, but in how he positively utilized the energy which was generated through his suffering. 

BUDDHISM IS A RELIGION: You Can Believe It
A warning that in minimising or overlooking the metaphysical, religious foundation of the Buddha’s teachings, we are reducing his message to mere techniques.

NOT EVERYTHING IS IMPERMANENT: Zen Therapy & Amidist Teachings of David Brazier
Reveals the mystical core of Buddhism by bringing together the devotional heart teachings of Pureland and the paradoxical wisdom of Zen.

WHO LOVES DIES WELL: On the Brink of Buddha’s Pure Land
An introduction to Pureland Buddhism, also called Amida Buddhism, based on the author’s account of being with his mother every step of the way as she died.

BEYOND CARL ROGERS (Ed. David Brazier)
Faith in the constructive, healing potential of people laid the foundations of contemporary person-centred practice.Here therapists in the tradition of Rogers have written a series of compelling essays exploring new directions in psychotherapeutic practice.

QUESTIONS IN THE SAND: Buddhist Questions and Answers
Here David Brazier responds to questions from his own students. The answers illuminate a different aspects of the Buddha’s teaching. Covers themes such as human nature, meditation, faith and ethics. 

ZEN THERAPY: A Buddhist Approach to Psychotherapy
Offers mental health practitioners in the West a fresh perspective on Buddhist psychology and demonstrates how Zen Buddhist techniques can be integrated successfully into their clinical practices.

THE NEW BUDDHISM
A reinterpretation of many aspects of Buddhism that demonstrates that for genuine renewal, Buddhism must be about more than contemplation and personal growth, but also about the practice of truth, and having compassion for all.

AUTHENTIC LIFE: Buddhist Teachings and Stories
A rich collection of teachings that offer a fresh vision and insights on a wide range of spiritual topics, such as the importance of faith, how to manage strong emotions, and the true location of refuge.