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from Tuesday July 3rd  
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide

The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha are called the Three Jewels because they represent the highest spiritual values in Buddhism. The Buddha represents the Ideal of Enlightenment, the Dharma is the teachings and practices that lead us towards it and the Sangha is the community of friends, teachers and inspirational figures from Buddhist history who offer us support and guidance as we journey along together.

Over the course of ten weeks we will explore what it means to turn our hearts and minds towards these ideals opening up new possibilities for development, evolution, and progress.

Our founder Sangharakshita said that there are ‘no higher teachings, just deeper understandings’, so there is value even for experienced practitioners in reexamining how our commitment to these ideals plays out in our daily lives, but this Tuesday night theme is also an ideal opportunity for newcomers to Buddhism to join us in exploring these values.

Start time is 6.45pm every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city with meditation practice (with or without guidance) in the first half of the evening and then talks and discussion in the second half, finishing at 9pm. All welcome.

Buddha-Weekly-Atisha-the-great-teacher-BuddhismThe Unwavering Heart:
Mind Training and the Bodhicitta
 
Our Winter Retreat 
Thur 9th to Mon 13th August

Glenbarr, Strathalbyn

Atisha (982-1054 CE) was born in India and rapidly rose to fame in the Buddhist world as a renowned scholar and practitioner of the Dharma. He was one of the major figures in the spread of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra. The Mind Training teachings coming from Atisha and his disciples go to the heart of the Buddhist tradition. They use pithy slogans such as ‘Bring every difficulty onto the Path’ to encourage a wholehearted and unwavering commitment to the Dharma, whatever one’s circumstances and whatever life throws up. Our reactions to life – people, emails, responsibilities, media – serve as indicators of self-clinging and again and again offer opportunities for transformation.

To make possible this process of transformation we are urged to enter into the deepest Wisdom and to arouse an unbounded Love and Compassion, yet the Mind Training teachings have about them a lightness of touch, a gentle warmth and humour.

This retreat will be led by Dharmamodini, who will have recently returned from the UK, where she will have participated in this retreat at Adhisthana, the ‘heartland’ of our worldwide Triratna Buddhist Community. We will explore the teachings through presentations, discussion, reflection, meditation and devotional practice.

Booking Essential: contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Contribution: $250

Celebrating Dharma Day
on Sangha Night, 31st July
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

45f563b1-8638-427a-b745-ee55414e7b17Around the full moon in July each year, we gather together to celebrate the gift of the Dharma, the Buddha’s Teachings, showing us the way to insight and wisdom, clarity and compassion; how to realise our full potential as human beings and live in harmony with all living beings and how things really are.

This year our celebrations will begin with a talk by Dharmamodini ‘Living the Dharma Around the World’, based on her recent experiences sharing in the Chairs’ Assembly at Adhisthana.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start. The talk will be followed by opportunity for questions and discussion, before special, home-made refreshments.

We will then share in a Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in the Three Jewels and on this occasion, particularly rejoicing in the Dharma, that spans the globe, embracing all manner of diversity in its universal teachings.

Everyone welcome.

img_3888Adelaide Sangha has been focusing on themes emphasised by George Monbiot in ‘Out of the wreckage’, such as knowing your values. We have shared actions that most of us already practice that take account of the wellbeing of other beings. For example, we looked at minimising plastic packaging, going 100% vegan, providing resources for refugee families and rewilding (or revegetating/replanting) land that has been given over to grazing. Returning native flora enables vulnerable fauna to be maintained or re-introduced and this is one way of responding with creative loving-kindness to our continent. This also enables us to regain and retain an aspect of our commons. We have encouraged deeper consideration of the values that underlie these actions – raising these to a conscious level rather than settling into habituation or complacent familiarity. In this way we can extend the actions we are taking by truly valuing our values.

This week we will review the values that underlie our actions and see how they may help us to broaden and deepen our compassionate action in all our interactions. This will be based on the relationship of compassion and ‘emptiness’ or selflessness, as an answer to the feeling of overwhelm that many discussed experiencing. ‘Compassion is the activity of emptiness, the expression of selflessness. The more we understand the selfless nature, the more compassionate we are. The more compassion we have, the less self-reference there is, so we understand the empty nature better. Then Dharma practice really begins to feel integrated. We can practice this compassionate emptiness’ (Joseph Goldstein 2009). From this basis we also build opportunities for creating a new story or adding to a burgeoning one, that connects to our deeper nature and to nature itself.

Amidst all of this, our sangha noted that BAM is held around the mid-summer solstice in Europe, and mid-winter in the southern hemisphere. Mid-winter is often experienced as a time for reflection and taking stock which for us makes it more of a ‘Buddhist Reflection Month’ than an ‘Action Month’ in these short, cold days. All of this we can take as refreshed actions into spring.

Originally posted by Keryn Walshe on thebuddhistcentre.com

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Buddha Day Puja

Tuesday 29th May
6.45pm 96 Halifax St

As autumn rapidly changes into winter, we will gather to celebrate Buddha Day, the biggest festival in the Buddhist calendar, rejoicing in Siddhartha Gautama’s Awakening under the bodhi tree. This year our Buddha Day celebrations are a part of our BAM theme, transforming self, transforming world. When Gautama awakened to the truth of how things really are and began sharing his experience with whomever was interested to listen, he not only transformed himself, he started the Dharma revolution of our world age, setting rolling the wheel of the Dharma, that’s been rolling down through the ages ever since, transforming the world. The words and example of Gautama Buddha have affected billions of people.

Join us on Tuesday night when we will also be celebrating Tash’s mitra ceremony, a very joyous occasion for our sangha and the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Please note, the evening will have a different structure according to the outline below – times are approximate other than the prompt 6.45pm start; there will be no tea-break as such, but refreshments will be shared after the puja and before the close of evening. Also note there will be no Drop-In meditation session.

Everyone welcome.

6.30pm Doors open
6.45pm Meditation
7.15pm Introduction to Buddha Day
7.30pm Sevenfold Puja and Tash’s mitra ceremony
8.30pm Refreshments
9.00pm Farewells

001338big_1_grandeBAM 2018 – transforming self, transforming world

Buddhist Action Month coming up in June

The theme for BAM is inspired by contemporary global issues and this year’s emphasis invites us to stop and look at the big picture. Today our lives are dominated by an ideology of extreme competition and individualism. This misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. It has become very evident that our world urgently needs a new story or myth to live by; there is a deep sense of loss of value and meaning and for many a sense of loss of direction.

Our exploration of ‘this mess we are in’ and how we might  get ‘out of the wreckage’ (title of his latest book) will be guided by the work of George Monbiot, a British thinker and writer, known for his environmental and political activism. To move us into this theme, with the backdrop of “What has the Dharma got to offer?” gradually becoming centre-stage, we will use the second half of May to offer an introduction of a kind.

So the next six weeks of Sangha Nights look like this:

22nd May
How practising and living the Dharma can lead to ‘transforming self, transforming world’
29th May: Buddha Day celebrations
What better example could we have of our capacities to transform ourselves and the world “The Buddha was born, as we are born, what the Buddha overcame, we too can overcome, what the Buddha attained, we too can attain.” Please note this evening will include Tash’s mitra ceremony, a joyous expression along the path of transformation
5th June
Introducing the Bodhisattva Padmasambhava and his powers of transformation, to inspire and guide us in our everyday living, living that is giving shape to the future
12th June
Introducing Monbiot’s work, laying out our dilemma and our possibilities
19th June
Following Monbiot’s thinking through to a positive vision, a new story to live by, with value and meaning and ‘power’ to transform ourselves and the world
26th June
Living out the story in our daily lives, how we each can do this, here and now, individually and together

Join us on Tuesday nights at 96 Halifax St in the city, for meditation and stimulating Dharma talks and discussion. Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start.

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Not About Being Good
– exploring Buddhist Ethics
our new theme on Sangha Nights
commencing Tuesday 10th April

The practice of ethics is one of the cornerstones of Buddhism, being the way we manifest our spiritual intentions in our daily lives and in doing so, cultivate a more harmonious and fulfilling experience for ourselves and others alike.

The ever changing nature of our reality means that an action which is ethical in one situation may be unethical in another, and so in Triratna, we dont follow a fixed set of rules about how to behave, or cling to rigid ideas of what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

Instead, our approach to living an ethical life is in finding ever more skilful and effective ways to act wisely and kindly, with compassion for all living beings, whatever their form, including ourselves. To guide us, we draw on a set of five Precepts, or ethical guidelines, which help us in our efforts to skilfully navigate our path.

Come and explore Buddhist ethics on Sangha Nights beginning with a general introduction on April 10th, followed by one evening exploring each of the five Precepts.  This theme will be presented by Rich and Jo, who are both training for ordination in Triratna and will draw both from their own experience and the writings of Sangharakshita and other members of the Order.

Start time is 6.45pm every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city, finishing at 9pm. All welcome.