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Buddha Day Tuesday 29th May

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Buddha Day Puja

Tuesday 29th May
6.45pm 96 Halifax St

As autumn rapidly changes into winter, we will gather to celebrate Buddha Day, the biggest festival in the Buddhist calendar, rejoicing in Siddhartha Gautama’s Awakening under the bodhi tree. This year our Buddha Day celebrations are a part of our BAM theme, transforming self, transforming world. When Gautama awakened to the truth of how things really are and began sharing his experience with whomever was interested to listen, he not only transformed himself, he started the Dharma revolution of our world age, setting rolling the wheel of the Dharma, that’s been rolling down through the ages ever since, transforming the world. The words and example of Gautama Buddha have affected billions of people.

Join us on Tuesday night when we will also be celebrating Tash’s mitra ceremony, a very joyous occasion for our sangha and the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Please note, the evening will have a different structure according to the outline below – times are approximate other than the prompt 6.45pm start; there will be no tea-break as such, but refreshments will be shared after the puja and before the close of evening. Also note there will be no Drop-In meditation session.

Everyone welcome.

6.30pm Doors open
6.45pm Meditation
7.15pm Introduction to Buddha Day
7.30pm Sevenfold Puja and Tash’s mitra ceremony
8.30pm Refreshments
9.00pm Farewells

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001338big_1_grandeBAM 2018 – transforming self, transforming world

Buddhist Action Month coming up in June

The theme for BAM is inspired by contemporary global issues and this year’s emphasis invites us to stop and look at the big picture. Today our lives are dominated by an ideology of extreme competition and individualism. This misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. It has become very evident that our world urgently needs a new story or myth to live by; there is a deep sense of loss of value and meaning and for many a sense of loss of direction.

Our exploration of ‘this mess we are in’ and how we might  get ‘out of the wreckage’ (title of his latest book) will be guided by the work of George Monbiot, a British thinker and writer, known for his environmental and political activism. To move us into this theme, with the backdrop of “What has the Dharma got to offer?” gradually becoming centre-stage, we will use the second half of May to offer an introduction of a kind.

So the next six weeks of Sangha Nights look like this:

22nd May
How practising and living the Dharma can lead to ‘transforming self, transforming world’
29th May: Buddha Day celebrations
What better example could we have of our capacities to transform ourselves and the world “The Buddha was born, as we are born, what the Buddha overcame, we too can overcome, what the Buddha attained, we too can attain.” Please note this evening will include Tash’s mitra ceremony, a joyous expression along the path of transformation
5th June
Introducing the Bodhisattva Padmasambhava and his powers of transformation, to inspire and guide us in our everyday living, living that is giving shape to the future
12th June
Introducing Monbiot’s work, laying out our dilemma and our possibilities
19th June
Following Monbiot’s thinking through to a positive vision, a new story to live by, with value and meaning and ‘power’ to transform ourselves and the world
26th June
Living out the story in our daily lives, how we each can do this, here and now, individually and together

Join us on Tuesday nights at 96 Halifax St in the city, for meditation and stimulating Dharma talks and discussion. Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start.

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Buddha-Weekly-Atisha-the-great-teacher-BuddhismThe Unwavering Heart:
Mind Training and the Bodhicitta
 
Our Winter Retreat 
Thur 9th to Mon 13th August

Glenbarr, Strathalbyn

Atisha (982-1054 CE) was born in India and rapidly rose to fame in the Buddhist world as a renowned scholar and practitioner of the Dharma. He was one of the major figures in the spread of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra. The Mind Training teachings coming from Atisha and his disciples go to the heart of the Buddhist tradition. They use pithy slogans such as ‘Bring every difficulty onto the Path’ to encourage a wholehearted and unwavering commitment to the Dharma, whatever one’s circumstances and whatever life throws up. Our reactions to life – people, emails, responsibilities, media – serve as indicators of self-clinging and again and again offer opportunities for transformation.

To make possible this process of transformation we are urged to enter into the deepest Wisdom and to arouse an unbounded Love and Compassion, yet the Mind Training teachings have about them a lightness of touch, a gentle warmth and humour.

This retreat will be led by Dharmamodini, who will have recently returned from the UK, where she will have participated in this retreat at Adhisthana, the ‘heartland’ of our worldwide Triratna Buddhist Community. We will explore the teachings through presentations, discussion, reflection, meditation and devotional practice.

Booking Essential: contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Contribution: $250

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