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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.

Maha India – Great India!

You are invited to this special event on Sunday 29th April, 3pm – 6/7pm, 96 Halifax St

For all of February and a little bit of March this year, Claudia and Keryn joined 12 mitras from the United Kingdom on a pilgrimage, led by Indian Order members, through north-east India. Here they visited the great sites of the Buddha’s life: Lumbini; Kapilavastu; Bodhgaya; Sarnath; Sravasti; Vaishali; Nalanda; Rajgir; and Kushinagar.  In the early centuries after the death of the Buddha, monasteries were built at many of these sites along with temples and stupas. Since Moghul times, these monasteries have become fascinating archaeological sites, and many of the great temples and stupas have been repaired or rebuilt. All are today, vibrant places where Buddhist practice is deeply expressed in devotion and prayer.

Claudia and Keryn are offering you a unique visual tour of their Buddhist pilgrimage. Come and see the Mahadevi Temple; the MahaBodhi Temple; the Mahaparinirvana Temple and other great places. Come and see the ruins of once grand monasteries and stupas, as well as the Buddhist University of Nalanda. Come and hear their story of a Buddhist pilgrimage through the Ganges Valley, the valley that was so familiar to the Buddha himself.

Dharmamodini was on a parallel pilgrimage with other ordained members in the Triratna Order. She will also be offering some images and commentary during this event.

  • Dana can be offered on entry

  • Various items purchased by Claudia and Keryn on their journey, will be available on the day, in exchange for dana

  • Please bring a small plate of vegan food to share at the end of the presentation. Feel free to make this Indian-inspired

  • Friends and family, neighbours and acquaintances all welcome

All proceeds will be offered to the Bahujan Hitay (for the welfare of the many) Pune Project – Empowering Women for Sustainable Development (www.bhpuneproject.org.in).

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATriratna Day, Sunday 8th April, 9.30am – 2.30pm at 96 Halifax Street

This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Order and we will be celebrating this with much rejoicing on Sunday 8th April.

It is especially delightful that our program includes a mitra ceremony for Katrina and the opportunity to hear in person from an Order member present at the international 50th celebrations in Bodhgaya in February.

Please arrive early for a prompt start at 9.30am, bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch and we will conclude promptly at 2.30pm. Looking forward to sharing the day with everyone, celebrating the Three Jewels together and rejoicing in Adelaide Triratna.

Program:

  • 9.30am – Welcome and Meditatiom
  • 10.30am – Morning Tea
  • 10.50am – “The Lion’s Roar” celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Order, a talk by Dharmamodini about the Order Convention in Bodhgaya
  • 12 noon  – Lunch
  • 1.00pm   – Sevenfold Puja and Mitra Ceremony for Katrina
  • 2.15pm   – Final Rejoicings and Farewells
  • 2.30pm   – Closure

Any queries, please phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

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Sangha Night

Tuesday 3rd April

Instruments have been a part of ritual and meditation for thousands of years.  Together we can meet and join the unique rhythm of our hearts with that of the singing bowl and delve into the art of bringing sound into our meditation practice. Join us for this special night, inspired by our previous theme and offered to us by Tracy and Max in our sangha; please bring any singing bowls you may have.

Sangha Night starts promptly at 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city and finishes by 9pm. See you there, all welcome.

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Going Deeper – in meditation and in life

Thursday evenings, 6.45pm – 9pm
19th April – 31st May
 
This is a seven week course being offered by Dharmamodini to people in the Triratna community who have an established meditation practice, (meditating at least three times a week and sitting for a minimum 30 minutes each time). Participants will together create the flow of this course, as we share the art of meditation unfolding in our lives.

We will learn from sharing our experiences of meditation on the cushion or on the chair, and thereby enhance our learning of how to deepen our experience of living this life in more meaningful ways. Our primary teacher will be Sangharakshita, by using his source book of teachings The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation.

Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 to discuss your participation in this course; course dana $100.

In the crucible of meditation, bring forth day by day the compassion, wisdom, skill and courage for which the world longs. (Shambhala Warrior’s Mind Training)

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Opening the Heart through Qi Gong and Meditation

Five day retreat (over the Easter period)
Wed 28th March – Mon 2nd April
led by Yasokaruna, Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioner

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

You need to feel your heart energy with the whole of your being. To help us come into a more direct experience of our whole being, including the heart, we will be working with Qi Gong movements and the stillness of meditation.

Qi Gong movements work with the physical body and the energetic body. Grounded in our physical body we can work to release blockages in our meridians and allow energy to flow freely within, and into and out of, the body.

We cannot force this kind of relationship and it’s particularly true with the heart. Creating space and a sense of openness we can allow the heart to reveal itself. This is also a beautiful practice in ksanti, patience.

Setting up the most supportive conditions for ourselves is important. Please feel free to bring along any readings, poems, photos, drawings etc. that hold a heart connection for you.

The movements of Qi Gong are suitable for everyone and can easily be adapted where needed. No previous experience necessary.

Start : 6pm, Wed 28th March
Finish : 3pm, Mon 2nd April
Location : Glenbarr, Strathalbyn, Adelaide Hills
Dana : $250 to cover accommodation and food, plus dana contribution
Booking Essential : Dharmamodini 0439 839 785, 9-22 Jan; 7th Mar onwards
Yasokaruna 0403 916 778, 23 Jan – 6th Mar

This course is based on Breathworks, the inspiration of Vidyamala, a senior Order member of Triratna, who has suffered chronic back pain for over thirty years due to congenital weakness, a car accident and multiple surgeries.

Breathworks is now an international program, helping people experiencing chronic pain, illness and stress to manage their condition through meditation, body awareness and creative approaches to living.

Lesley Porter is a psychologist training in Breathworks and this is the first time this course is being offered in Adelaide, an opportunity not to be missed. Places are limited, hence the advance notice to contact Lesley and book early to secure a place.

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Mindfulness for Stress
8 week Practice Course

Do you experience chronic pain, illness, fatigue or stress?

Breathworks Mindfulness skills help you manage pain, illness, stress and fatigue

Venue: Anthroposophical Book Centre
96 Halifax Street Adelaide

When: Thursdays, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd February 2018
1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd March 2018

Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Cost: $120 this includes CDs & Course Booklet

 Limited number of places available

Contact: Lesley Porter 0407040944

drlesleyporter@icloud.com for information & to register