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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASangha happenings in december and beyond

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.

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“Journeying with the Buddhas” – our System of Practice and the Five Buddha Mandala

This is the theme for our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat. We will spend the days exploring Triratna’s System of Practice, namely integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual re-birth and spontaneous compassionate activity, and we will be accompanied on this journey by the Buddhas of the Mandala, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi and Vairocana.

This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse your being in the richness of the Dharma and the symbolism of the Three Jewels, living in community with spiritual friends in the rural setting of the Adelaide Hills.

StartTuesday 27th December, the retreat starts with the evening meal around 6.30pm;  you are welcome to arrive from 4pm
FinishTuesday 3rd January 3pm

LocationGlenbarr, Paris Creek Road, Strathalbyn

Contribution: $350 to cover costs of food and accommodation, dana according to means

Booking Essential: Contact Dharmamodini via Reply email or 0439 839 785

Celebrating Sangha Day

Celebrating Sangha Day 
either side of the full moon

The waxing moon will reach its fullness next Monday 14th November and everyone is welcome to join  Adelaide Triratna to celebrate with these two coming events.

Sangha Day Picnic this Sunday 13th November at Pakapakanthi in Victoria Park. Meet at 12 noon on the corner of Halifax St and East Tce in the city and bring your picnic, your family and friends and your fun. Contact Jo (0405515530) to let her know to look out for you on the day.

Sangha Night on Tuesday 15th November will be given over to meditation and puja, led by Saddhavijaya and Ratnadaka. We will once again be doing the Suvarnabhasottama Puja from the Sutra of Golden Light, as we continue to explore this theme on Tuesday evenings.

At tonight’s Sangha Night (8th November) Saddhavijaya will introduce us to the Protectors of the Dharma, as we blend transforming self with transforming world.

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transforming self and world
Urban Retreat 19-26 November

This year’s local Adelaide urban retreat will continue themes we have been exploring in the Sutra of Golden Light and The Journey and the Guide.

What does it really mean to let go of self and become the more loving one, and how can we do this?
Urban retreats help us take the stuff of daily living and put it to work to bring the Dharma more and more deeply into our lives, transforming self and world.

Join us this springtime for a week of inspiration and spiritual friendship, to invigorate your energies and enliven your being.

The retreat starts and ends with a day workshop, 10am-3pm, on Saturdays, 19th and 26th November, at 96 Halifax St in the city. To participate in this retreat, you need to attend both these days. Book your place on this retreat via Reply email or phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785.

Dana Contribution $50, or whatever you feel you can give in support of the sangha.

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.

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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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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.

Full Moon Puja

Full Moon Puja
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.