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rocksquoteGTurngThe Great Turning: reconnecting with our deepest desire and choosing life

In these times we are living in, no one is immune to doubt, denial or disbelief about the severity of our world situation, and about our ability to change it, the global crises we are facing, no matter which direction we look in. Yet of all the dangers we face, from climate change and nuclear wars, to the mass displacement of people across the planet, none is so great as the deadening of our response.

This retreat will introduce us to the work that reconnects, championed for over sixty years by Joanna Macy, Buddhist practitioner, scholar of general systems theory and deep ecology, environmental activist and author. To quote Joanna “The Buddha Dharma prompts me to think of the work that reconnects as Bodhisattva training. The Bodhisattva is the embodiment of compassion, who acts simply and boldly for the sake of all beings, and who lets herself be vitalised – indeed liberated – by her interconnections with them.”

As winter turns to spring, join us on this retreat  and be inspired and encouraged by the blend of wisdom in the work that reconnects.

Start Time:     6pm Thur 31st Aug
Finish Time:   3pm Mon 4th Sept
Location:        Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
Contribution:  $200 plus dana

Booking Essential: Dharmamodini 0439839785

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Sangha Nights, Tuesdays at 6.45pm, 96 Halifax St
The full moon in July is when we celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha sharing, for the first time, his journey and experience of Awakening, with his former disciples in the Deer Park at Sarnath.
 

Tuesday 4th July is when we will rejoice in the gift of the Dharma with meditation followed by a puja, giving thanks for the Buddha’s teaching that has flowed down to us from his ‘First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma’.

Tuesday 11th July will see us resume our current Sangha Night theme, Mind in Harmony. According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond it’s reach. Long before the discoveries of contemporary neuroscience and psychology, the Buddha gained insight into the nature of mind. This theme is based on the book by the same name, written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. It is an eminently practical guide to the system of mind training contained in the classical Abhidharma texts.

Join us through the winter to warm and inspire you with this material and explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Deer Park, Sarnath, India

Deer Park, Sarnath, India

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