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Everyone is Creative

Some images from a day of creativity memorable for positive feelings of kind attention, sharing, beauty, admiration and plain fun.  Also the Adelaide launch of the Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue 2017.

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medintaug10 009.jpgGoing Deeper in the Dharma
six Thursday evenings 
1st June – 6th July, 7pm-9pm
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
 

If you have been familiarising yourself with the Buddha’s teachings and are keen to go deeper in your exploration of the Dharma, this six week course is designed to do just that.

It begins with looking at Dharma study as a spiritual practice and examines the question ‘what is a Buddhist?’, before exploring more deeply the nature of the Three Jewels, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the highest ideals in Buddhism.

This course will be run by Saddhavijaya, an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Contribution $60-$90

Booking Essential
For further information and booking
click on Reply email or contact
Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

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Tuesday 9th May
6.45pm at 96 Halifax Street

bodhi tree, bodh gaya

“Gautama sat down beneath the Bodhi Tree and did not get up again. The next day, so Buddhists say, a new person sat there – a realised sage who would be known henceforth by his title, Buddha: the Awakened.” (Vishvapani Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One)

Join us at Adelaide Triratna next Tuesday evening in a puja to honour the Awakening of the Buddha traditionally celebrated on the full moon in May. One of the ways Gautama spoke about his experience that night was in terms of a way of seeing the world, that gave him an entirely new perspective on life, not just an exalted state of mind.

You are invited to come together with others to rejoice in this Awakening and give thanks for the teachings of the Buddha, showing us the way to our own realisation of how things really are and thus, how to live in peace and harmony in our present-day world.

Everyone welcome.

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50 Years of Triratna

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50 Years of Triratna
Sunday 9th April
10am – 3pm
96 Halifax Street

This coming Sunday Adelaide Triratna will be celebrating 50 years of Triratna sharing the Buddha’s teachings with people all around the world. We will be rejoicing in the Three Jewels and giving thanks for Sangharakshita’s teaching of the Buddha’s Dharma, that has enabled thousands of human beings to find peace and liberation in their lives.

10am            Dedication Ceremony and Meditation: Triratna Metta Bhavana

11am            Morning Tea Break

11.15am       ‘Sharing Memories, Hearing Stories’: Order members rejoice in the pioneers

 ‘Sharing the Present’: what Triratna has brought into your life

12 noon       ‘For the Welfare of the World’: keynote address by Subhuti given on 8th April at the London Buddhist Centre

1.15pm        Lunch and the screening of Adelaide Triratna’s 50th Birthday video, and taking part in a Triratna Metta Wave across the world

2pm            Triratna Sevenfold Puja: please note – this will take place at the same time as the Palm Sunday March for Refugees, so some of us will be supporting refugees through practising puja, whilst others of us will be taking part in the Walk for Justice for Refugees (Victoria Square to Parliament House)

2.50pm        Closing Mantras

Please bring along any photos or symbolic objects significant to your journeying with Triratna; also, please bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch.

Our dana for the day will be given to the Future Dharma Fund, in support of ensuring Triratna continues to be a force for good in the world.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this very special occasion.

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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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Transforming Self and World
through the Month of October

The month of October is when we celebrate Dr Ambedkar, one of the greatest modern Buddhist thinkers and social activists. Outside of certain circles, little is known about this remarkable man, and yet he was the catalyst for transforming millions of lives in India, from degradation, slavery and injustice, to dignity, hope and freedom.

Tuesday 4th October we will continue our journey into the Sutra of Golden Light, learning more about how we can transform ourselves in the light of the Buddha’s teaching. The following week, 11th October, we will hear about Dr. Ambedkar who did just that, and then inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to do the same. His inspiration lives on to this day. The photo is a gathering of over a million people, fifty years on from the man’s death, at the place in India where Dr. Ambedkar declared his allegiance to the Buddha and his teachings.

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Sunday 9th October you are invited to a Spring Perma Lunch, from 12 noon through the afternoon. This is at Marion’s house and lunch will be made from the garden, so if you have food growing in your garden, bring it along and we will create a feast to nourish our precious beings. We will also exchange seeds and cuttings, so come and celebrate planet earth and her bounty and the beautiful works of art humans can make of it, when we put our hearts and minds together. Please rsvp to Marion 83528601.

Jo has invited us to share together in a night at the theatre, either Thursday or Friday 13/14th October, in support of community projects in SE Asia, South Africa and the Philippines. Please contact her direct about this 0405515530….and Ann has brought to our attention the gathering on the steps of Parliament House, Action against Nuclear Dumps, at 11am on Saturday 15th October.

All this calls for a rallying puja at full moon, when we will rejoice in the Three Jewels on Tuesday 18th October, with the Suvarnabhasottama Puja, from the beautiful verses of the Sutra of Golden Light no less!

Looking forward to sharing in sangha with you all and everyone is welcome.

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P1010011.JPGTransforming Self and World
themes from the sutra of golden light
 
This is our new theme for Sangha Nights, starting next Tuesday 20th September. Sangharakshita’s teaching on this sutra was originally given in a series of seminars forty years ago and published in book form twenty years hence, with the following opening sentence on the back cover. “As the earth’s resources are wasted and defiled, as the nations of the world are ravaged by war and hunger, we can afford to give way neither to cynicism nor to despair.”

With clarity and wisdom, Sangharakshita takes this ancient source of inspiration and guidance, translating the images and episodes of this beautiful but mysterious text into a commentary filled with practical insights into many increasingly urgent dilemmas we are facing in the world today. Ecology, economics, morality, politics, culture and government – in a realm of gods and goddesses, kings and dragons, the golden light of absolute reality pours forth, transforming the entire world.

At the same time, if we dream of changing the world, we must start with changing ourselves. For all those seeking to engage in transforming self and world, this text and Sangharakshita’s commentary offer hope, encouragement and a way forward. Join us on Tuesday nights (6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city) for some guidance and inspiration and lively sharing of thoughts and reflection. Everyone welcome.

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