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VJL cldr'11.jpgThis is the title of a talk we will listen to at Sangha Night next Tuesday, 26th July. It is a culmination of the theme we have been exploring What is the Sangha? and a lead-in to our August retreat focusing on the True Individual. The talk is by Vajradarshini and looks at the radical nature of Sangharakshita’s teaching, with his emphasis on the centrality of Going For Refuge and the Middle Way.

The evening starts with meditation at 6.45pm, (there are two different sessions happening at this same time, one with instruction and one without), and will conclude by 9.15pm.

Everyone welcome.

Dharma Day

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Tuesday 19th July
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

Adelaide Triratna will celebrate this auspicious occasion in the Buddhist calendar at our Sangha Night next week with meditation and a Sevenfold Puja. Around the full moon in July we gather to rejoice in the gift of the Buddha’s teaching. We bring to mind the historical meeting in the deer park at Sarnath, between the Buddha and his former disciples, when he shared with them his experiences of Awakening and showed them the way to Enlightenment.

Join us for this memorable evening, everyone is welcome.

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Our theme for the coming retreat at Glenbarr

from the evening of Thursday 4th August 

to Monday afternoon 8th August

Sangharakshita poses the question: Am I an individual or just a social unit? and he goes on to say this is, at bottom, the central question of our personal lives, and it is one we need to keep asking ourselves and keep trying to penetrate more deeply.

It is also the key to the development of sangha, a spiritual community, our current theme on Tuesday nights. The retreat is an opportunity to go deeper in our explorations of the nature of sangha as a free association between developing individuals, and what it is to be truly human.

Book your place now to be a part of this special event at Glenbarr, Strathalbyn in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, phone Dharmamodini
0439 839 785.

Contribution to cover costs for the four nights is $200.

This will be our new theme on Sangha  Nights (commencing 31st May) when we gather weekly on Tuesday evenings, 6.45pm start-time, at 96 Halifax St in the city.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe individuals  who make up the Adelaide Triratna sangha will take turns in sharing Sangharakshita’s passionate commitment to the ideal of Sangha, one of the three highest ideals of Buddhism. In these teachings, Sangharakshita presents the ideal Sangha as a free association between developing individuals. An exploration of the nature of spiritual community will be balanced by reflections on individuality and what it truly means to be human.

Everyone is welcome to join us for these enlivening gatherings, transforming Sangha from an idea to an inspiring and practical ideal.

The Drop-In meditation will be happening at the same start-time of 6.45pm, followed by a tea-break and then the talks and discussion. The evening finishes at 9.15pm.

Sunday 22nd May, 3pm at 96 Halifax St
You are invited to a gathering of the sangha to be a part of ‘launching’ our process to become incorporated. This gathering is simply to share information about what is involved in the process and provides an opportunity for people to ask questions about it. Becoming incorporated creates a legal entity out of what has been an informal gathering of people. This separates the individual from that entity and thereby provides certain rights and protection for the individuals involved, the activities undertaken and the group of people.

This is a significant step for Adelaide Triratna. We hope to share it with as many of the sangha as possible, as we move forward individually and together, in our collective efforts to practise Dharma and keep exploring the Three Jewels, within the context of our international Triratna Buddhist community.

There will be delicious vegan afternoon tea following the discussion and a finish time of 4.30pm. Please RSVP to Dharmamodini (via reply email or 0439 839 785).

Tuesday 24th May, 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St
The full moon in May (this year on Sun 22nd) is the traditional time for celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment. All over the world Buddhists are bringing to mind Gautama Buddha, the life and teachings of the Awakened One. We here in Adelaide Triratna will rejoice in Shakyamuni’s achievement in the traditional manner of sharing in meditation and puja.

We will start the evening with the Sevenfold Puja, followed by a period of meditation, so please arrive on time to join in the activities on this very auspicious occasion. After the meditation, we will gradually move from the silence into sharing supper and friendship, mindful of our good fortune in sharing the Three Jewels. Let’s make this a Sangha Night to remember and mark the date in your diary now!

The Bodhisattva of Compassion
When he meditated deeply
Saw the emptiness of all five skandhas
And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering.

So what are these skandhas and how can we sunder the bonds that cause us suffering? The Heart Sutra is so called because it constitutes the heart of the Buddha’s Teaching as communicated to us in the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom sutras. As Sangharakshita has said “If we really know the Heart Sutra, we know – in a sense – everything.”

This is our new theme for Sangha Nights in April… and maybe beyond… as we try to deepen our understanding of this ancient text through the traditional three levels of wisdom, listening, reflecting and meditating upon the heart of the teachings.

Join us on Tuesday nights at 96 Halifax St in the city, meditation begins promptly at 6.45pm.

Sunday 17th April, 3 Shierlaw St, Richmond
From 10.30am, until all the quinces have been put to good use!

Everyone is warmly invited to Marion’s home to share in a quincing day; so bring your pots and pans, wooden spoons, jars, containers (for freezing the fruit once cooked), recipes and other ingredients, and have a fun time stewing, preserving, learning how to make kasundi and all kinds of other delicious nourishment for the body/heart/mind.

Please ring Marion (8352 8601) and let her know if you will be taking part in this sangha adventure with quinces.

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