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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Sangha Night theme  for the month of December

Next Tuesday 1st December will see Akashamani launch our new theme on Tuesday nights
 through to the end of this year. Come along and listen to our Dharma sister share her experiences of spiritual friendship within Triratna for nearly 25 years!

The following three Tuesdays (8th, 15th, 22nd) other people in Adelaide Triratna will share their experiences of friendship within the sangha.

December will also see our End-of-Year Gathering taking place on Sunday 13th December, from 12 noon.
 
This year it will be at Verity’s home in the city, as we are combining this annual event with our fare-welling of Verity on her overseas adventures, her own personal going forth into the unknown. Bring vegan/vegetarian food to share lunch and a relaxing afternoon with friends in the Dharma.
Everyone welcome.

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Saturday 28th November, 3.30pm
Sangha Day is celebrated around the full moon in November and is one of the major festivals in the Buddhist calendar, rejoicing in our highest ideals, the Three Jewels. We rejoice and give thanks for the spiritual community, for those who have gone before us on the spiritual path and attained Enlightenment and for those we are treading the path with now in the present, sharing our aspirations to awaken to the truth of how things really are.


This year our celebrations will take place following the culmination of the International Urban Retreat
, concluding with a workshop this same day from 10am -3pm.

Our SanghaA highlight of this year’s Sangha Day gathering will be witnessing and supporting our friend Keryn in becoming a mitra in the Triratna community. The word mitra simply means friend and taking the step to become a mitra is an expression of one’s commitment to practise the Buddha’s teachings within our spiritual community.  Akashamani, our Order sister from Pt.Fairy in Victoria, will be joining us for this special event and will lead us in the puja and mitra ceremony.

So mark this date in your diary now and be a part of our Adelaide Triratna celebrations, including meditation, a joyous Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in Keryn’s commitment and sharing in – of course – a delicious vegan afternoon tea!

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photo 2Last Saturday saw a number of us launch Adelaide Triratna into the International Urban Retreat, along with 45 other Triratna sanghas around the world and countless individuals participating online through thebuddhistcentre.com

Come along to Halifax St on Tuesday night (6.45pm) to share in meditation and listen to a talk by Saddhavijaya about Living in the Greater Mandala, the theme of our global efforts to practise and promote aesthetic appreciation and gratitude for all that lives.

Everyone welcome.

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What’s coming up in our Sangha

What’s coming up in our Sangha in the second half of November and then December!

Tuesday 17th Nov is our grand finale night focusing on the Urban Ecosattva. Keryn has been ably facilitating us in thinking about and discussing all manner of aspects related to this theme, including What is Nature? What is aesthetic appreciation and how do we express this in our daily living? Do we hide in loving kindness or engage in loving kindness? What are the personal hindrances to being an engaged Buddhist? Be there next Tuesday for a last opportunity to explore meaningfully with others how we might live harmoniously together with planet earth.

Saturday 21st November is the launch date for the International Urban Retreat (see previous email for details). The theme is Living in the Greater Mandala, a teaching of Sangharakshita about learning to live from a more expansive, beautiful and non-utilitarian perspective. Contact Saddhavijaya now if you want to take part.

Saturday 28th November will be the final workshop to conclude the Urban Retreat, followed at 3.30pm with our Sangha Day celebrations, including Keryn’s Mitra Ceremony. Everyone is welcome to join us for this very special occasion.

Sunday 29th November is the People’s Climate March, commencing 11am at Torrens Parade Ground, King William St. Details on where Adelaide Triratna will gather beforehand to join the march to follow soon.

Tuesday 1st December will see us launch our new Sangha Night theme of Spiritual Friendship for the month of December. This will be launched in a talk given by our visiting Order sister Akashamani from Port Fairy in Victoria.

Sunday 13th December is the date to mark in your diary for our End-of-Year gathering, details to follow later.

Sunday 27th December – Sunday 3rd January are the dates for our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat at Glenbarr, Strathalbyn. Watch this space for the theme and further details to be announced shortly.

Looking forward to sharing lots of growthful time together in the remainder of this year.

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