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our current theme on Sangha Nights

 

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As we move towards the culmination of this year, our Sangha Nights will 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 send word via email or phone Dharmamodini (0439 839 785) and let us know 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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profileWelcome to Buddhist Action Month June 2017 
This Year’s Theme – Connecting For Change

At the heart of Triratna is the Bodhisattva Ideal – the aspiration and heartfelt wish to benefit others and the commitment to act in ways that help all beings to thrive. Many of us are engaged in this by sharing the Dharma within our sanghas, as well as through our work and the ways we live our lives

Buddhist Action Month (BAM) is an invitation to take part and get involved in actions that particularly express our care and concern for our planet and our environment and all living beings everywhere

Here is a link to a calendar of events being held through the month of June so you can see at a glance what is happening when. Below is a brief description of these events with dates and times. All events will be held at 96 Halifax St in the city, unless otherwise stated. Triratna exists on the basis of dana, that is the practice of giving/generosity; everyone is welcome to attend, you simply turn up and participate in ‘connecting for change’.

Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 for further details

Sharing Our Passion For The Earth: Sat 3rd June, 2pm – 4pm This is an opportunity to come together with like-minded people, to inform ourselves about all kinds of actions taking place to care for our planet – and share how we can individually get involved and make a contribution. A particular feature of the afternoon will be hearing about ARRCC – Australian Religious Response to Climate Change – and the Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit.

Sea-Level Rise Coastal Walk, Sun 4th June, 2pm – 3.30pm Join us for this ‘feet-on’ experience of the projected effects of climate change on our coastline and foreshore in Adelaide. Meet at 2pm at Captain Sturts Cottage (the Grange) on Jetty St, Grange, where we will also conclude our  approx 3km walk and then enjoy the afternoon tea we have each brought with us.

Tuesday evenings in June, 6.45pm – 9.15pm Sangha Nights in June will feature different speakers focusing on global ethical issues of our time; there will be opportunity for discussion and connecting with others to take action in ways that help advance a positive vision for the future. First up on 6th June is Gillian Reffell from our Sydney sangha (recently interviewed on RN) talking about divestment. These evenings begin with a period of meditation, followed by a tea break and the speaker commencing at 8pm.

Everyone is Creative, Sun 11th June, 10am – 3.30pm A day dedicated to discovering and sharing our expressive energy, that motivates us to care for one another and our wondrously vibrant, creative, magical world! The morning session, 10am – 12.30pm, is designed to wake up our senses through colour, texture and form and we will be inspired in this by our ‘resident’ artist Ingereth.

Contribute to our afternoon offerings, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, of music, dance, poetry or any form of creative expression that enlivens your senses and awakens you to the preciousness of life. This part of the day will be coordinated by our ‘resident’ musician Rich, (to make a contribution, please email him).

Bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch (12.30-1.30pm), come for part of the day, all of the day, all ages welcome.

This event will also be the occasion when we launch the 2nd edition of Triratna Arts and Culture (1st edition published 2013), a catalogue celebrating artistic expression across the globe in the Triratna international community.

Helping People Heal through the creative energy of art, Sangha Night, Tues 13th June (6.45pm meditation, 8pm speaker). Hear how Glenda Needs, a local Adelaide woman, became involved in supporting Mongolian women to help their communities deal with the ravaging effects of dramatic socio-economic and political changes in that country over the past 25 years. How can I/we/you help? Come along and find out.

Buddhas on the Silk Road, Fri 16th June, 7pm – 9pm An evening journeying in China to Dunhuang and the Mogao caves. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these caves are famous for their statues and wall paintings spanning 1000 years of Buddhist art from the 4th to 14th centuries. Our ‘resident’ tour guide for the evening will be Keryn, who visited Dunhuang three months ago. We will also see a recent release film  about Xuang Zhang, the famous Chinese pilgrim who passed through Mogao in 7th Century on his travels to India, to bring Buddhist scriptures back to China.

Justice for Refugees SA, Sangha Night, Tues 20th June (6.45pm/8pm) J4RSA reformed two years ago in response to the worsening policies and practices in this country in relation to people seeking asylum. Learn from people involved in J4RSA, Circles of Friends, Hope’s Cafe and other grassroot networks, the multitude of ways anyone can support another human being, called ‘refugee’.

Buddhas in the Art Gallery – but first, a picnic! Sun 25th June, 12 noon Join us for a picnic in the Botanic Gardens and then stroll to the Art Gallery to view the exhibition Awakening:Art of Buddhism (free entry). This is a testimony to the extraordinary traditions of Buddhist art found throughout Asia, including works from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Meet at 12 noon at the main gate of the Botanic Gardens on North Tce.

From the Ethics of Eating to Climate Change, Tues 27th June (6.45/8pm)
This being that becomes. Many ordinary foods consumed by us everyday are produced by causing harm, distress and even death to numerous other species. In turn, the earth is harmed through environmental devastation and climate change. Your being has to consume, but how can it do so without becoming one more contributor to climate change? Here’s your chance to learn how and make a difference, every mouthful counts.

Celebrating Buddhist Action Month Fri 30th June, 7pm A finale event rejoicing in everyone’s efforts to bring BAM to Adelaide for the first time. This will be a night of relaxation, sharing friendships, new and old, and reflecting on past effort with a view to the future, connecting with others and taking action for the benefit of all beings and our world.

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Engaged Buddhism – what does this look like and what does it mean to you? 

imageThis is our new theme for Sangha Nights when we resume gathering at 96 Halifax St on Tuesday 10th January. Participants in our sangha will share their thinking, reflection and experiences of ‘engaged Buddhism’, following on our explorations of transforming self and world, through the teachings in the Sutra of Golden Light. From ancient India to contemporary living, how can we best apply the Buddha’s Dharma in the world we live in now?

This will precede Maitripala’s visit to us in February, as part of her Buddhas in my Pocket pilgrimage. She will join us at Sangha Night on 7th February, then lead us in two day workshops the weekend of 11th and 12th, be with us for a second Sangha Night on 14th February, before departing our state on 17th. The theme of the weekend will be along the lines of The world is burning, but what can I possibly do about it?

Note these dates in your new diary now and join us for some stimulating and encouraging discussion to set your course in 2017.

The Drop-In meditation will resume on 10th January also.

Adelaide Triratna wishes everyone a calm and happy turning-of-the-year time, ‘with stillness, simplicity and contentment’ and a quote from Sogyal Rinpoche:  “True spirituality is to be aware that if we are interdependent with everything and everyone else, even our smallest, least significant thought, word, and action have real consequences throughout the universe.”

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASangha happenings in december and beyond

As we move towards the end of the year and 2017, this is what lies ahead for Adelaide Triratna in the coming weeks and months:

Tuesday nights, 29th November, 6th and 13th December we will continue entering the realms of the Sutra of Golden Light.

Our final Sangha Night for 2016 will be 20th December when we will celebrate and give thanks for the Three Jewels with a traditional Sevenfold Puja.

Our End-of-Year gathering will be on Sunday 18th December, from 12 noon onwards, at Ratnadaka and Saddhavijaya’s place in Hazelwood Park.

The Turning-of-the-Year Retreat (see separate email circulated 22nd Nov) will be from Tuesday 27th December through to Tuesday 3rd January.

We will resume Sangha Nights on Tuesday 10th January, 2017.

Maitripala, the Order member from Victoria who is undertaking the Buddhas in My Pocket Pilgrimage, will be with us from 7th – 17th February.

Adelaide Triratna is entering into the Fringe next year ( 17th Feb – 19th Mar) with promotional Drop-In meditations, watch this space for further information.

Reflecting on this time of year and being mindful of choices and decisions we are making about the weeks ahead, here are some inspiring words from the Dalai Lama:
“Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.”  
Go well everyone and hope to see you sometime soon.

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