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We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
 
These words of the Buddha Shakyamuni express the heart of his experience of Awakening when he came to see the truth of how things really are.

Join us this Easter time in the beautiful setting of the Adelaide Hills to explore the heart of the Buddha’s teachings, communicated to us through the Dhammapada, the Way of Truth. Through talks, meditation, reflection, discussion and periods of silence, learn more about how we ‘make our world’ and how we too, like the Buddha, can cultivate mental and emotional states that colour our world differently, living in harmony with reality.

Easter Retreat
starting 6pm Wednesday 12th April
finishing 3pm Monday 17th April
at Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
 
$250-$300
Booking Essential
via Reply email or 
phone Dharmamodini

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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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Turning-of-the-Year Retreat

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“Journeying with the Buddhas” – our System of Practice and the Five Buddha Mandala

This is the theme for our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat. We will spend the days exploring Triratna’s System of Practice, namely integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual re-birth and spontaneous compassionate activity, and we will be accompanied on this journey by the Buddhas of the Mandala, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi and Vairocana.

This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse your being in the richness of the Dharma and the symbolism of the Three Jewels, living in community with spiritual friends in the rural setting of the Adelaide Hills.

StartTuesday 27th December, the retreat starts with the evening meal around 6.30pm;  you are welcome to arrive from 4pm
FinishTuesday 3rd January 3pm

LocationGlenbarr, Paris Creek Road, Strathalbyn

Contribution: $350 to cover costs of food and accommodation, dana according to means

Booking Essential: Contact Dharmamodini via Reply email or 0439 839 785

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘The more loving one’
transforming self and world
Urban Retreat 19-26 November

This year’s local Adelaide urban retreat will continue themes we have been exploring in the Sutra of Golden Light and The Journey and the Guide.

What does it really mean to let go of self and become the more loving one, and how can we do this?
Urban retreats help us take the stuff of daily living and put it to work to bring the Dharma more and more deeply into our lives, transforming self and world.

Join us this springtime for a week of inspiration and spiritual friendship, to invigorate your energies and enliven your being.

The retreat starts and ends with a day workshop, 10am-3pm, on Saturdays, 19th and 26th November, at 96 Halifax St in the city. To participate in this retreat, you need to attend both these days. Book your place on this retreat via Reply email or phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785.

Dana Contribution $50, or whatever you feel you can give in support of the sangha.

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Image.jpegThis will be our focus for Sangha Night next week on Tuesday 23rd August.

Jo has kindly offered to share with us some of her experiences of the past five months, living in community at Naganaga, (our women’s vihara inland from Kempsey, NSW) and visiting other Triratna practitioners and sanghas around Australia, in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Come along and hear inspiring stories from interstate of how sangha works across the country and the globe.

Everyone is welcome, with the usual start time of 6.45pm, for both the Drop-In meditation and the regular gathering.

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Our theme for the coming retreat at Glenbarr

from the evening of Thursday 4th August 

to Monday afternoon 8th August

Sangharakshita poses the question: Am I an individual or just a social unit? and he goes on to say this is, at bottom, the central question of our personal lives, and it is one we need to keep asking ourselves and keep trying to penetrate more deeply.

It is also the key to the development of sangha, a spiritual community, our current theme on Tuesday nights. The retreat is an opportunity to go deeper in our explorations of the nature of sangha as a free association between developing individuals, and what it is to be truly human.

Book your place now to be a part of this special event at Glenbarr, Strathalbyn in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, phone Dharmamodini
0439 839 785.

Contribution to cover costs for the four nights is $200.

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Tuesday 1st March Sangha Night
Prajna – Turning the Teachings into Practice
Having explored what spiritual wisdom is with Saddhavijaya, join us next Tuesday to learn a little of how to put the teachings into practice and get a taste of both living life with full attention and sailing the worldly winds.

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On the 8th and 15th March we will delve into smrti, or mindfulness to conclude our current Sangha Night theme of the Five Spiritual Faculties.

Tuesday 22nd March we will rejoice in Ing, as we witness her becoming a mitra in a Sevenfold Puja, led by Nagasuri, visiting from Sydney to undertake Ing’s mitra ceremony, not to be missed.

Wednesday 23rd March will be the start of our Easter Retreat, Sailing The Worldly Winds (see separate email and webpage for more details).

Looking forward to sharing these activities and the Dharma with you as we move through the changing of the seasons.

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