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Our Sangha Nights (Tuesdays at 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St) are continuing to be devoted to hearing from you about your favourite Dharma teachings, whether you have learnt about that teaching from listening to a talk, reading a book, seeing a film or watching a documentary.

We learn best from one another, so let’s hear about what aspect of the Dharma has resonated for you, touched you deeply, had a significant impact on the way you are living your life.

Tell us something of the teaching and how you came across it in that particular medium, what is at the heart of it for you and then devise a question or reflection we can use to explore the teaching in discussion on the night. You can use the whole second half of the evening (sixty minutes for presentation and discussion), you can present on your own, or share it with another person who feels the same passion for that teaching as you do. We can also use the sixty minutes to have two different presentations, (thirty minutes for each talk followed by discussion).

Allow your energies to flow and your heart/mind to speak to you of momentous times with the Dharma, and then let Rich know via email what you would like to share with the sangha, with joyful anticipation.

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Opening the Heart through Qi Gong and Meditation

Five day retreat (over the Easter period)
Wed 28th March – Mon 2nd April
led by Yasokaruna, Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioner

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

You need to feel your heart energy with the whole of your being. To help us come into a more direct experience of our whole being, including the heart, we will be working with Qi Gong movements and the stillness of meditation.

Qi Gong movements work with the physical body and the energetic body. Grounded in our physical body we can work to release blockages in our meridians and allow energy to flow freely within, and into and out of, the body.

We cannot force this kind of relationship and it’s particularly true with the heart. Creating space and a sense of openness we can allow the heart to reveal itself. This is also a beautiful practice in ksanti, patience.

Setting up the most supportive conditions for ourselves is important. Please feel free to bring along any readings, poems, photos, drawings etc. that hold a heart connection for you.

The movements of Qi Gong are suitable for everyone and can easily be adapted where needed. No previous experience necessary.

Start : 6pm, Wed 28th March
Finish : 3pm, Mon 2nd April
Location : Glenbarr, Strathalbyn, Adelaide Hills
Dana : $250 to cover accommodation and food, plus dana contribution
Booking Essential : Dharmamodini 0439 839 785, 9-22 Jan; 7th Mar onwards
Yasokaruna 0403 916 778, 23 Jan – 6th Mar

This course is based on Breathworks, the inspiration of Vidyamala, a senior Order member of Triratna, who has suffered chronic back pain for over thirty years due to congenital weakness, a car accident and multiple surgeries.

Breathworks is now an international program, helping people experiencing chronic pain, illness and stress to manage their condition through meditation, body awareness and creative approaches to living.

Lesley Porter is a psychologist training in Breathworks and this is the first time this course is being offered in Adelaide, an opportunity not to be missed. Places are limited, hence the advance notice to contact Lesley and book early to secure a place.

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Mindfulness for Stress
8 week Practice Course

Do you experience chronic pain, illness, fatigue or stress?

Breathworks Mindfulness skills help you manage pain, illness, stress and fatigue

Venue: Anthroposophical Book Centre
96 Halifax Street Adelaide

When: Thursdays, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd February 2018
1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd March 2018

Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Cost: $120 this includes CDs & Course Booklet

 Limited number of places available

Contact: Lesley Porter 0407040944

drlesleyporter@icloud.com for information & to register

20171025_101555Sangha Day Picnic and Puja 
 

Sangha Day in all Buddhist traditions across the world is traditionally celebrated on the full moon in November, which this year is the first weekend in the new month starting next week.

Join Adelaide Triratna for a picnic in the Japanese Gardens on South Tce, from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 5th November. Bring your picnic, along with friends and family, neighbours and acquaintances for some relaxing time together, rejoicing in the Three Jewels and particularly our spiritual community.

At Sangha Night on Tuesday 7th November (starting 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city) we will celebrate this annual Buddhist festival with a Sevenfold Puja, giving thanks for Shakyamuni Buddha and his Teachings, and the subsequent arising of the Arya Sangha, all the enlightened beings who have followed in his footsteps. The Teachings have been handed down from teacher to disciple for over 2,500 years and so Sangharakshita was able to become a monk and devote his life to sharing the Dharma and start a new Buddhist movement in England fifty years ago. This is now the Buddhist community we know as Triratna (Sanskrit for Three Jewels). Be a part of this evening in Adelaide and thereby join with our worldwide community in centres and sanghas around the globe celebrating Sangha Day, 2017.

Everyone is welcome at both events.

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Mindfully Alive is the theme of our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat, based on the Satipatthana Sutta, the direct path to realisation. This will be the foundation for mindfully exploring our experience over the seven days of this retreat, led by Maitripala from Victoria.

Maitripala visited Adelaide Triratna in February as part of her Buddhas-in-my-Pocket pilgrimage and she has kindly and generously organised her time and her life, so she can come back to South Australia and lead us in this wondrous text and practice.

What would life be like if we could more consistently “keep calmly knowing change?”

keep –      continuity and effort required to remain present
calmly –    becoming free from being driven by desires and aversions to experience
knowing – quality of intelligent awareness
change –  insight into the true nature of things

Join us on this retreat and strengthen your practice towards transforming your life. A solid foundation in the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices is a pre-requisite for booking on this retreat.

Starts:     6pm, Wednesday 27th DecemberFinishes: 3pm, Wednesday 3rd January
Venue:    Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
Dana:      $350 to cover costs, plus dana contribution

Booking Essential via Reply email, or Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

Mind in Harmony


20170428_114259_Burst01Mind in Harmony
the psychology of
Buddhist ethics
 
theme for Sangha Night
 

According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond its reach. Mind in Harmony is the title of a book written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. The material contained therein comes out of his life-long experience of communicating the Dharma, and in particular the Yogacara Abhidharma, through giving talks and leading retreats in Europe, the US and India.

Subhuti dedicates the book first and foremost to his teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita, who himself published Know Your Mind, an accessible introduction to Buddhist psychology. Both books are described as eminently practical guides to the system of mind training to be found in the classical Abhidharma material.

Join us as autumn unfolds into winter to explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fruitful life.

We gather every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city, starting at 6.45pm with meditation (there is also guided meditation for newcomers), followed by a tea break and then time exploring our theme, concluding at 9.15pm.

journey_for_webThursday evenings, 7pm – 9.15pm
12th October – 30th November
96 Halifax St in the city

This course offers you the opportunity to explore how to make the most of your life, how to make the most of being human. It is both practical and profound, mixing poetry and myth with down-to-earth instruction. As Maitreyabandhu says “The natural mode of consciousness is to expand. In every moment we can either allow consciousness to unfold or we can make it ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and feel it shrink back to the level of egocentricity. It’s as if we have identified with a tiny ripple on the surface of the ocean. Once we let go of that identification, there’s the whole ocean: centreless, edgeless, completely free.”

This course, based on the book by the same name, is for anyone who wants their life to be a journey, an eight week course in Enlightenment, that will take a lifetime to complete.

Cost for the eight weeks
including your personal copy of the book
$240/$200

Booking Essential, limited places available
Contact Dharmamodini via email or 0439 839 785