“Turning Arrows into Flowers”
Triratna’s International Urban Retreat
a world-wide practice week in our international community
Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th September, 2018
This year’s international urban retreat is focusing on the Dharma practice of turning difficulties into opportunities to transform ourselves! On the eve of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, sitting beneath the Bodhi tree, he was besieged by all kinds of challenges and doubts, what is traditionally spoken of as Mara’s attack. Mara personifies all that holds us back on the path to Awakening and there is Mara without – traffic jams, annoying people, difficult emails, all that we dislike and gets in our way – and there is Mara within – anger, frustration, blame, jealousy and so on. Our task as Buddhist practitioners is to turn these arrows into flowers, as the Buddha did, by recognising what is happening and transforming our states of mind, in the moment, in the situation, and thereby transform ourselves into more loving, kind and compassionate human beings.
An urban retreat is a creative opportunity to weave the teachings more deeply into our lives, sharing with others locally and online internationally. To take part in this retreat with the Adelaide sangha, you need to commit to attending two workshops on consecutive Saturdays, 22nd and 29th September, from 10am – 3pm. Participants meet together on the first Saturday to learn about the theme and decide their individual goals and aspirations. Through the week you maintain daily contact with a ‘buddy’ for mutual support and encouragement. On the second Saturday, we gather again to share our experiences and our learning with one another and rejoice in our efforts to transform ourselves day by day. The two workshop days will include periods of meditation and puja.
Internationally, there will be short talks (approx 20 min) on the theme available each day online, at the International Practice Week page on thebuddhistcentre.com
If you have any questions or want to discuss any aspects of this urban retreat, phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785.
To register to take part with the Adelaide sangha, contact Dharmamodini on the above number.
Dana contribution $50, or whatever you feel you can give in support of Adelaide Triratna.
Join us this springtime for a week of inspiration and spiritual friendship, to invigorate your energies and enliven your being.
4th Oct – 29th Nov
This is an eight week course introducing you to meditation and the Buddha’s teachings.
Where does happiness really come from?
What does meditation have to do with it?
Why be ethical?
What really is karma?
What is this Buddhist Path people go on about?
Come along to this course and learn about some of the most radical and transformative aspects of the Dharma, that is, the Buddha’s teachings. Then decide for yourself, is this for you?
The course runs over eight weeks in October and November, (with a week’s break half way through), on Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, at 96 Halifax St in the city.
Booking Essential contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Celebrating Dharma Day
on Sangha Night, 31st July
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St
Around the full moon in July each year, we gather together to celebrate the gift of the Dharma, the Buddha’s Teachings, showing us the way to insight and wisdom, clarity and compassion; how to realise our full potential as human beings and live in harmony with all living beings and how things really are.
This year our celebrations will begin with a talk by Dharmamodini ‘Living the Dharma Around the World’, based on her recent experiences sharing in the Chairs’ Assembly at Adhisthana.
Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start. The talk will be followed by opportunity for questions and discussion, before special, home-made refreshments.
We will then share in a Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in the Three Jewels and on this occasion, particularly rejoicing in the Dharma, that spans the globe, embracing all manner of diversity in its universal teachings.
Adelaide Sangha has been focusing on themes emphasised by George Monbiot in ‘Out of the wreckage’, such as knowing your values. We have shared actions that most of us already practice that take account of the wellbeing of other beings. For example, we looked at minimising plastic packaging, going 100% vegan, providing resources for refugee families and rewilding (or revegetating/replanting) land that has been given over to grazing. Returning native flora enables vulnerable fauna to be maintained or re-introduced and this is one way of responding with creative loving-kindness to our continent. This also enables us to regain and retain an aspect of our commons. We have encouraged deeper consideration of the values that underlie these actions – raising these to a conscious level rather than settling into habituation or complacent familiarity. In this way we can extend the actions we are taking by truly valuing our values.
This week we will review the values that underlie our actions and see how they may help us to broaden and deepen our compassionate action in all our interactions. This will be based on the relationship of compassion and ‘emptiness’ or selflessness, as an answer to the feeling of overwhelm that many discussed experiencing. ‘Compassion is the activity of emptiness, the expression of selflessness. The more we understand the selfless nature, the more compassionate we are. The more compassion we have, the less self-reference there is, so we understand the empty nature better. Then Dharma practice really begins to feel integrated. We can practice this compassionate emptiness’ (Joseph Goldstein 2009). From this basis we also build opportunities for creating a new story or adding to a burgeoning one, that connects to our deeper nature and to nature itself.
Amidst all of this, our sangha noted that BAM is held around the mid-summer solstice in Europe, and mid-winter in the southern hemisphere. Mid-winter is often experienced as a time for reflection and taking stock which for us makes it more of a ‘Buddhist Reflection Month’ than an ‘Action Month’ in these short, cold days. All of this we can take as refreshed actions into spring.
Originally posted by Keryn Walshe on thebuddhistcentre.com
Current Theme for Sangha Night
from Tuesday July 3rd
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide
The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha are called the Three Jewels because they represent the highest spiritual values in Buddhism. The Buddha represents the Ideal of Enlightenment, the Dharma is the teachings and practices that lead us towards it and the Sangha is the community of friends, teachers and inspirational figures from Buddhist history who offer us support and guidance as we journey along together.
Over the course of ten weeks we will explore what it means to turn our hearts and minds towards these ideals opening up new possibilities for development, evolution, and progress.
Our founder Sangharakshita said that there are ‘no higher teachings, just deeper understandings’, so there is value even for experienced practitioners in reexamining how our commitment to these ideals plays out in our daily lives, but this Tuesday night theme is also an ideal opportunity for newcomers to Buddhism to join us in exploring these values.
Start time is 6.45pm every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city with meditation practice (with or without guidance) in the first half of the evening and then talks and discussion in the second half, finishing at 9pm. All welcome.
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.
6.30pm Doors open
7.15pm Introduction to Buddha Day
7.30pm Sevenfold Puja and Tash’s mitra ceremony
The Unwavering Heart:
Mind Training and the Bodhicitta
Our Winter Retreat
Thur 9th to Mon 13th August
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
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.