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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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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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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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Triratna Day, Sunday 8th April

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATriratna Day, Sunday 8th April, 9.30am – 2.30pm at 96 Halifax Street

This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Order and we will be celebrating this with much rejoicing on Sunday 8th April.

It is especially delightful that our program includes a mitra ceremony for Katrina and the opportunity to hear in person from an Order member present at the international 50th celebrations in Bodhgaya in February.

Please arrive early for a prompt start at 9.30am, bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch and we will conclude promptly at 2.30pm. Looking forward to sharing the day with everyone, celebrating the Three Jewels together and rejoicing in Adelaide Triratna.

Program:

  • 9.30am – Welcome and Meditatiom
  • 10.30am – Morning Tea
  • 10.50am – “The Lion’s Roar” celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Order, a talk by Dharmamodini about the Order Convention in Bodhgaya
  • 12 noon  – Lunch
  • 1.00pm   – Sevenfold Puja and Mitra Ceremony for Katrina
  • 2.15pm   – Final Rejoicings and Farewells
  • 2.30pm   – Closure

Any queries, please phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

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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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Going Deeper – in meditation and in life

Thursday evenings, 6.45pm – 9pm
19th April – 31st May
 
This is a seven week course being offered by Dharmamodini to people in the Triratna community who have an established meditation practice, (meditating at least three times a week and sitting for a minimum 30 minutes each time). Participants will together create the flow of this course, as we share the art of meditation unfolding in our lives.

We will learn from sharing our experiences of meditation on the cushion or on the chair, and thereby enhance our learning of how to deepen our experience of living this life in more meaningful ways. Our primary teacher will be Sangharakshita, by using his source book of teachings The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation.

Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 to discuss your participation in this course; course dana $100.

In the crucible of meditation, bring forth day by day the compassion, wisdom, skill and courage for which the world longs. (Shambhala Warrior’s Mind Training)

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Opening the Heart through Qi Gong and Meditation

Five day retreat (over the Easter period)
Wed 28th March – Mon 2nd April
led by Yasokaruna, Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioner

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

You need to feel your heart energy with the whole of your being. To help us come into a more direct experience of our whole being, including the heart, we will be working with Qi Gong movements and the stillness of meditation.

Qi Gong movements work with the physical body and the energetic body. Grounded in our physical body we can work to release blockages in our meridians and allow energy to flow freely within, and into and out of, the body.

We cannot force this kind of relationship and it’s particularly true with the heart. Creating space and a sense of openness we can allow the heart to reveal itself. This is also a beautiful practice in ksanti, patience.

Setting up the most supportive conditions for ourselves is important. Please feel free to bring along any readings, poems, photos, drawings etc. that hold a heart connection for you.

The movements of Qi Gong are suitable for everyone and can easily be adapted where needed. No previous experience necessary.

Start : 6pm, Wed 28th March
Finish : 3pm, Mon 2nd April
Location : Glenbarr, Strathalbyn, Adelaide Hills
Dana : $250 to cover accommodation and food, plus dana contribution
Booking Essential : Dharmamodini 0439 839 785, 9-22 Jan; 7th Mar onwards
Yasokaruna 0403 916 778, 23 Jan – 6th Mar

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