Transforming Self and World
through the Month of October
The month of October is when we celebrate Dr Ambedkar, one of the greatest modern Buddhist thinkers and social activists. Outside of certain circles, little is known about this remarkable man, and yet he was the catalyst for transforming millions of lives in India, from degradation, slavery and injustice, to dignity, hope and freedom.
Tuesday 4th October we will continue our journey into the Sutra of Golden Light, learning more about how we can transform ourselves in the light of the Buddha’s teaching. The following week, 11th October, we will hear about Dr. Ambedkar who did just that, and then inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to do the same. His inspiration lives on to this day. The photo is a gathering of over a million people, fifty years on from the man’s death, at the place in India where Dr. Ambedkar declared his allegiance to the Buddha and his teachings.
Sunday 9th October you are invited to a Spring Perma Lunch, from 12 noon through the afternoon. This is at Marion’s house and lunch will be made from the garden, so if you have food growing in your garden, bring it along and we will create a feast to nourish our precious beings. We will also exchange seeds and cuttings, so come and celebrate planet earth and her bounty and the beautiful works of art humans can make of it, when we put our hearts and minds together. Please rsvp to Marion 83528601.
Jo has invited us to share together in a night at the theatre, either Thursday or Friday 13/14th October, in support of community projects in SE Asia, South Africa and the Philippines. Please contact her direct about this 0405515530….and Ann has brought to our attention the gathering on the steps of Parliament House, Action against Nuclear Dumps, at 11am on Saturday 15th October.
All this calls for a rallying puja at full moon, when we will rejoice in the Three Jewels on Tuesday 18th October, with the Suvarnabhasottama Puja, from the beautiful verses of the Sutra of Golden Light no less!
Looking forward to sharing in sangha with you all and everyone is welcome.
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Transforming Self and World
themes from the sutra of golden light
This is our new theme for Sangha Nights, starting next Tuesday 20th September
. Sangharakshita’s teaching on this sutra was originally given in a series of seminars forty years ago and published in book form twenty years hence, with the following opening sentence on the back cover. “As the earth’s resources are wasted and defiled, as the nations of the world are ravaged by war and hunger, we can afford to give way neither to cynicism nor to despair.”
With clarity and wisdom, Sangharakshita takes this ancient source of inspiration and guidance, translating the images and episodes of this beautiful but mysterious text into a commentary filled with practical insights into many increasingly urgent dilemmas we are facing in the world today. Ecology, economics, morality, politics, culture and government – in a realm of gods and goddesses, kings and dragons, the golden light of absolute reality pours forth, transforming the entire world.
At the same time, if we dream of changing the world, we must start with changing ourselves. For all those seeking to engage in transforming self and world, this text and Sangharakshita’s commentary offer hope, encouragement and a way forward. Join us on Tuesday nights (6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city) for some guidance and inspiration and lively sharing of thoughts and reflection. Everyone welcome.
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Full Moon Puja
Tuesday 13th September
and a celebration of three years
of weekly Sangha Nights in Adelaide
The full moon is traditionally an auspicious time for Buddhists to gather together and mutually honour our highest ideals and aspirations. The month of September marks the three year anniversary of when we started weekly Sangha Nights at Halifax St in Adelaide. Everyone is warmly invited to be a part of this celebration and giving thanks for the Buddha Shakyamuni and his teachings. If you have favourite Dharma texts you would like to share as part of the puja, please bring them along.
We will start at 6.45pm with a period of meditation,(both sessions will be happening, with and without instruction), followed by a short tea break before the Sevenfold Puja, lead for us on this occasion by Ratnadaka.
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This is the title of a talk to be given by Ratnadaka
at Sangha Night, next Tuesday 6th September
on his return from an extended visit to the UK. This included participation in Triratna’s International Convention held at Adhisthana, the home of Sangharakshita for the past three years and a place for our worldwide movement to meet, study and practise together. A wonderful opportunity to hear first-hand about latest developments in our Buddhist community around the globe and to learn a little of the Triratna vision for the future.
The evening starts with meditation at 6.45pm (including instruction for newcomers) and concludes at 9.15pm. Everyone is welcome; see you there at 96 Halifax St in the city.
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On Sangha Night next Tuesday 30th August, we will be taking our next steps beyond becoming incorporated and inviting people to share in creating a collective endeavour to move us more and more in the direction of a true sangha in the making.
Following our meditation, the second part of the evening will start with a pithy half hour talk by an Order member at the San Fransisco Buddhist Centre, about the individual, the group and the spiritual community. This will serve to remind us what we have been exploring over the winter about the true nature of sangha and the individual. It will also lay the foundation for Rich and Tash to share a vision for Adelaide Triratna growing into the future and invite each one of us to reflect on what we may be able to offer to the development of our sangha.
Bring along, in hard copy, your favourite photos of Adelaide Triratna events and activities from the past three years. We will rejoice together at the end of the evening with our Three-Fold Puja, as a celebration of sangha and Bhante Sangharakshita, the founder of our movement and Order, whose 91st birthday is 26th August.
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A new course being offered in September and October
This is Maitreyabandhu’s latest book (the author of Life with Full Attention). This course takes us on a journey of practical week-by-week exercises, focusing on cultivating mindful awareness, knowing ourselves, being happy, integrating and simplifying our lives and truly being ourselves.
This book is for anyone who wants their life to be a journey, an eight week course in Enlightenment, that will take a lifetime to complete.
Maitreyabandhu shares with us the motivation for writing this book “I wanted to try and show in a practical way how we can gain Enlightenment, what it really means to be a Buddhist, how we can make the most of this being human.”
8th September – 27th October
96 Halifax St in the city
Cost for the eight weeks
including your personal copy of the book
Bookings are essential, limited places available
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This will be our focus for Sangha Night next week on Tuesday 23rd August.
Jo has kindly offered to share with us some of her experiences of the past five months, living in community at Naganaga, (our women’s vihara inland from Kempsey, NSW) and visiting other Triratna practitioners and sanghas around Australia, in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Come along and hear inspiring stories from interstate of how sangha works across the country and the globe.
Everyone is welcome, with the usual start time of 6.45pm, for both the Drop-In meditation and the regular gathering.
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