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P1010011.JPGTransforming 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.

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.

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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.”

Thursdays, 7pm-9.30pm 
8th September – 27th October

96 Halifax St in the city

Cost for the eight weeks

including your personal copy of the book

$200/$160

Bookings are essential, limited places available

Contact Dharmamodini via reply email or 0439 839 785

Image.jpegThis 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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“Imagine a world without colour, beauty, poetry, myth, celebration, or ritual.  Such a world would be a very dull, drab, dead world indeed. Such experiences are essential to human life; they cultivate our emotions, refine our senses, and enrich our imaginations.” (quoted from the Introduction to our Puja book, written by Dhammadinna)
 

Inspired by last week’s True Individual retreat, next Tuesday 16th we will celebrate the full moon with a ‘compilation’ puja full of colour and poetry, so come along and join us for this joyous occasion, starting promptly at 6.45pm.
Please note we will start with the puja, to be followed by a period of meditation, with delicious vegan refreshments as our closure to the evening.
 
There will be no Drop-In meditation on this night.