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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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Not About Being Good

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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.

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Sangha Sound Session

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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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Favourite Dharma talks and books
our current theme on Sangha Nights

 

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Our Sangha Nights (Tuesdays at 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St) are continuing to be devoted to hearing from you about your favourite Dharma teachings, whether you have learnt about that teaching from listening to a talk, reading a book, seeing a film or watching a documentary.

We learn best from one another, so let’s hear about what aspect of the Dharma has resonated for you, touched you deeply, had a significant impact on the way you are living your life.

Tell us something of the teaching and how you came across it in that particular medium, what is at the heart of it for you and then devise a question or reflection we can use to explore the teaching in discussion on the night. You can use the whole second half of the evening (sixty minutes for presentation and discussion), you can present on your own, or share it with another person who feels the same passion for that teaching as you do. We can also use the sixty minutes to have two different presentations, (thirty minutes for each talk followed by discussion).

Allow your energies to flow and your heart/mind to speak to you of momentous times with the Dharma, and then let Rich know via email what you would like to share with the sangha, with joyful anticipation.

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Mind in Harmony


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the psychology of
Buddhist ethics
 
theme for Sangha Night
 

According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond its reach. Mind in Harmony is the title of a book written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. The material contained therein comes out of his life-long experience of communicating the Dharma, and in particular the Yogacara Abhidharma, through giving talks and leading retreats in Europe, the US and India.

Subhuti dedicates the book first and foremost to his teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita, who himself published Know Your Mind, an accessible introduction to Buddhist psychology. Both books are described as eminently practical guides to the system of mind training to be found in the classical Abhidharma material.

Join us as autumn unfolds into winter to explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fruitful life.

We gather every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city, starting at 6.45pm with meditation (there is also guided meditation for newcomers), followed by a tea break and then time exploring our theme, concluding at 9.15pm.

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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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Friday 30th June, 7pm, 96 Halifax St

This Friday will bring the month of June to a close, but hopefully the listening and talking we have shared through BAM will simply become Buddhist Action flowing into the second half of the year and beyond. To celebrate everyone’s efforts to bring BAM to Adelaide for the first time, we are screening The Wisdom to Survive. This film is about climate change, capitalism and community. It is profoundly engaging and has the potential to transform lives, because it provides visions of how we can live in the midst of massive environmental challenges.

We are also celebrating four years of holding weekly Sangha Nights at Halifax St and Adelaide Triratna’s 5th birthday, so come along and see a very worthwhile film, at the same time, rejoicing in the creation and development of our sangha in South Australia.

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