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triratna-fringe-poster-med-resCome and be gently led through a mindfulness and a cultivation of loving-kindness practice by ordained members of Adelaide’s Triratna Buddhist Community. No experience is necessary.

Mindfulness is a mental state cultivated by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  It has been a main focus of Buddhist practice for 2,500 years and has recently been more widely adopted as a technique for reducing stress and anxiety and improving focus and clarity of mind.

In the loving-kindness practice we are working with our emotions, learning to enter more fully into positive and enjoyable mental states as well as cultivating a more kindly attitude towards others, which in turn enables us to live more harmoniously with those around us.

There is no fee for these one hour events, but donations are welcome.

Anthroposophical Society, 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000

22 Feb 6pm, 25 Feb 11am, 2 Mar 6pm, 5 Mar 11am
8 Mar 6pm, 11 Mar 11am, 16 Mar 6pm, 19 Mar 11am

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22nd March – 10th May (no session 12th April due to Easter)

Wednesday evenings, 7pm – 9.15pm

7 week course

96 Halifax St, Adelaide

Give yourself the gift of learning to meditate and cultivating awareness, bringing inner calm to your daily living.  Even if you know how to meditate, this seven week course can renew and strengthen your practice.

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.

We teach two meditation practices originally taught by the historical Buddha, the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness. Join us this Autumn and give yourself and others the gift of calmer, more positive states of being.

Ring 0439 839 785 to book your place

info@adelaidetriratna.com
www.adelaidetriratna.com

7 week course $100/$70

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The Alchemy of Love: entering the realms of the brahma viharas

This is our new theme for Sangha Nights, commencing next Tuesday 21st February. The four brahma viharas, or sublime abodes, are metta, karuna, mudita and upeksa, that is, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. We are going to follow the threads of discussion and exploration that have been taking shape through the past weeks and encourage ourselves to go deeper with this revolutionary approach to meditation and living our lives. Alchemy – turning base metal into gold; this can be us, opening to the inner depths of our being, giving rise to beauty and kindness in the face of suffering and joy alike.

See you there on Tuesday evenings, 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city; all welcome.

Please Note: a drop-in meditation class is available every week at the same place and time, 6.45pm, for those interested to learn about meditation or refresh their practice. There is no cost for these sessions, simply a contribution according to means, the Buddhist practice of dana or generosity.

Parinirvana Day

Parinirvana Day

Tuesday 14th February

6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

This is an annual festival in the Buddhist calendar, when we commemorate the historical Buddha’s death. We give thanks for the gift of the Three Jewels and reflect on our own journeying with the Dharma and spiritual death and rebirth.

We also reflect on the certainty of our own death and bring to mind other sentient beings who have shared with us the preciousness of this life and have died in the past twelve months. Bring a photo or symbol you can offer to the shrine in honour of those passed from this life.

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Two Day Retreats with Maitripala 
Saturday and Sunday
11th and 12th February
10am – 3pm

96 Halifax St, Adelaide

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by what is happening all around the world on any parameter you dare to think of – politics, environment, economics, gender, race, class and so it goes on and on. How can we best live a Dharma life in the midst of so much turmoil, conflict and suffering?

Join us for this weekend of exploring the teachings, to find out more about yourself and your relationship to unsatisfactoriness and compassion. Metta is a necessary first ingredient for effectively connecting with compassion. Maitripala will lead us through experiential learning that has enabled her to undertake the Buddhas-in-my-Pocket pilgrimage this past year and will enable us to go deeper in ourselves and with others.

The content of these two day retreat/workshops flows on one from the other, but each day can also be meaningfully participated in, without attending the other day.

Dana contribution for each day is $50, or $80 for both days.

Booking essential, via email 
or phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

Looking ahead to 2017

Engaged Buddhism – what does this look like and what does it mean to you? 

imageThis is our new theme for Sangha Nights when we resume gathering at 96 Halifax St on Tuesday 10th January. Participants in our sangha will share their thinking, reflection and experiences of ‘engaged Buddhism’, following on our explorations of transforming self and world, through the teachings in the Sutra of Golden Light. From ancient India to contemporary living, how can we best apply the Buddha’s Dharma in the world we live in now?

This will precede Maitripala’s visit to us in February, as part of her Buddhas in my Pocket pilgrimage. She will join us at Sangha Night on 7th February, then lead us in two day workshops the weekend of 11th and 12th, be with us for a second Sangha Night on 14th February, before departing our state on 17th. The theme of the weekend will be along the lines of The world is burning, but what can I possibly do about it?

Note these dates in your new diary now and join us for some stimulating and encouraging discussion to set your course in 2017.

The Drop-In meditation will resume on 10th January also.

Adelaide Triratna wishes everyone a calm and happy turning-of-the-year time, ‘with stillness, simplicity and contentment’ and a quote from Sogyal Rinpoche:  “True spirituality is to be aware that if we are interdependent with everything and everyone else, even our smallest, least significant thought, word, and action have real consequences throughout the universe.”

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As we move towards the end of the year and 2017, this is what lies ahead for Adelaide Triratna in the coming weeks and months:

Tuesday nights, 29th November, 6th and 13th December we will continue entering the realms of the Sutra of Golden Light.

Our final Sangha Night for 2016 will be 20th December when we will celebrate and give thanks for the Three Jewels with a traditional Sevenfold Puja.

Our End-of-Year gathering will be on Sunday 18th December, from 12 noon onwards, at Ratnadaka and Saddhavijaya’s place in Hazelwood Park.

The Turning-of-the-Year Retreat (see separate email circulated 22nd Nov) will be from Tuesday 27th December through to Tuesday 3rd January.

We will resume Sangha Nights on Tuesday 10th January, 2017.

Maitripala, the Order member from Victoria who is undertaking the Buddhas in My Pocket Pilgrimage, will be with us from 7th – 17th February.

Adelaide Triratna is entering into the Fringe next year ( 17th Feb – 19th Mar) with promotional Drop-In meditations, watch this space for further information.

Reflecting on this time of year and being mindful of choices and decisions we are making about the weeks ahead, here are some inspiring words from the Dalai Lama:
“Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.”  
Go well everyone and hope to see you sometime soon.