Three Talks from Visiting Order Members: 15th Jan: ‘What Buddhism Isn’t’ – Sangharuchi 22nd Jan: ‘Spiritual Friendship and Death’ – Dhammakumara 29th Jan: ‘The Coincidence of Wills’ – Maitripala
The new year brings new visitors to the Adelaide Sangha. Over the course of the next three weeks we have three Order Members visiting us, each presenting on different themes.
This coming Tuesday 15th Jan we have Sangharuchi visiting us all the way from the UK, exploding some common misconceptions about Buddhism under the title ‘What Buddhism Isn’t!’.
Following that on Tuesday 22nd Dhammakumara will relate the story of the Buddha and Ananda’s final journey together before the Buddha’s death, and unpack what the story tells us about the spiritual friendship between them. Relating this it to his own experience of the recent death of Sangharakshita and other close spiritual friends, he will explore what we can learn from this and how it could affect our own attitudes to life, death, and spiritual practice.
And on Tuesday 29th Maitripala returns to share a very special experience of the Bodhicitta, the ‘Will to Enlightenment’, an experience transdending both the individual and the group. This arose at the time of her visit to Adhisthana, Triratna’s retreat centre in the UK, at the time of the death and funeral of our founder, Bhante Sangharakshita.
All are welcome. Each evening begins with a session of meditation with guidance available for newcomers.
Maitreyabandhu is a poet and the author of popular books ‘Life with Full Attention’ and ‘The Journey and the Guide’. On a recent retreat in Victoria, called ‘Ways to Insight’, he explored the cultivation of wisdom through meditation and gave some in-depth explanation of how the Triratna system of practice works.
Our first sangha night of the year will be on Tuesday January 8th where we will hear from several members of our sangha who attended the retreat. They will share with us their experience of the retreat and their reflections on how we behave in relation to others; samadhi, or the cultivation of a calm, alert, energised mind, and pranja, or turning towards sensing things as they really are.
All are welcome, no experience necessary.
8th Jan – 6.45pm at 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000
Tuesday 11th December: Great Gathering Retreat Report
Tuesday 18th December: End of Year Puja 6.45pm, 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000
Sunday 16th December: End of Year Gathering
12pm by the Lotus Pond, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Join us for the last two Tuesday Sangha evenings of the year.
On Tuesday 11th, members of our sangha who have travelled to Vijayaloka, a Triratna retreat centre near Sydney, for the annual Great Gathering retreat for women mitras and Order Members, will share from their experience of this year’s retreat.
On Tuesday 18th we will come together to practice an End of Year Puja, a devotional ritual offering a chance to celebrate our sharing in the Three Jewels and re-energise our practice coming into the Holiday Season and the New Year.
On Sunday 16th, we will meet for a shared picnic as our End of Year Gathering, a rejoicing in the last twelve months we have shared together, at midday by the Lotus Pond in the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden.
All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary.
Talk from Saddhavijaya:
Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path
Tuesday 4th December6.45pm
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000
Join us on Tuesday for an evening of meditation and and a talk from Saddhavijaya on Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Eightfold Path is probably the best known framework for describing the Buddhist Path and it all begins with the first limb, Perfect Vision. This is the way in which the Buddha saw the nature of reality and encouraged others to learn to see the same for themselves and to adapt their lives in response to it.
Through meditation we can learn to perceive reality directly and there are also teachings which can help us point us in the right direction and orientate our lives towards that goal, coming ever closer into harmony with things as they are.
All are welcome, no previous experience necessary.
Do join us on Tuesday for an evening of meditation and ritual celebrating the creation of the first Sangha, or Buddhist Community.
Through chanting and recitation (in call and response), a Puja explores a series of devotional moods which lift the spirit and develop our emotional connection with our spiritual ideals. Communally we bring about an experience of beauty and celebrate the value of sharing the spiritual path with others.
All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary.
Tuesday, 13th November:
Sangharakshita on ‘The Ideal of Human Enlightenment’
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November:
Buddhadasa Seminar on the ‘Wheel of Life’
Tuesday, 20th November: Q&A with Buddadhasa
At our sangha evening next Tuesday, we will be listening to a talk from our founder Sangharakshita, who died last week, which he gave in 1975 on the theme ‘The Ideal of Human Enlightenment’. This is an inspiring and very accessible talk which gives a great introduction to Sangharakhita and his vision of the Buddha and its relevance for us today.
On the following Tuesday we will be visited by Buddhadasa (pictured here to the right of Sangharakshita) for a Q&A. Buddhadasa was ordained in 1972 and has been a devoted and tireless disciple of Sangharakshita, being instrumental in the creation of several Buddhist centres around the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from him about these experiences and ask any questions you may have.
As a reminder, following our previous post, please note that during the intervening weekend Buddhadasa is leading a seminar on the subject of the Wheel of Life, for more information on this, please follow this link to our earlier post.
We write to inform you of the death of Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. He passed away on 30th October 2018 at approximately 10am GMT in Hereford Hospital, UK. Earlier that day, he had been diagnosed with pneumonia, after which he developed sepsis.
Please join with us as we direct our metta towards Bhante Sangharakshita, remembering with gratitutude all that he has given to so many of us. Bhante asked that the following mantras be chanted at the time of his death: Shakyamuni, Green Tara, Manjushri, Amitabha and Padmasambhava.
The funeral and burial will take place at Adhisthana Retreat Centre in the UK. More details of this and an online memorial space are to be found here and a brief account of Sangharakshita’s life and teachings is given here.
At our Sangha Night next Tuesday, November 6th from 6.45pm, we will come together at 96 Halifax Street to chant, meditate and perform Puja for Urgyen Sangharakshita. All are welcome. Please bring a white flower if you would like to make an offering.
Talk and Discussion at Sangha Night this Tuesday, 30th October
Wild Awake: On Solitary Retreats
A popular form of retreat within the Triratna Buddhist Community is the Solitary Retreat, in which you spend time alone, usually in beautiful natural settings and away from life’s usual distractions, allowing the mind to relax and settle.
Solitary retreats can take many flavours including meditation, reading, study, reflection, writing, recitation, art, poetry, walking, yoga and doing nothing, or simply being. Its an opportunity to follow your own path, entering into the unknown, the secret realm of nature and the mind.
Rich will introduce the theme with a talk based on his own experience of solitary retreats and a recent book by Vajragupta entitled Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature.
Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the world:
Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary
After a lifetime’s work campaigning to liberate Untouchables from the horrors of the caste system in India, Dr. Ambedkar, born an Untouchable himself, came to the conclusion the Buddha and his Dhamma was the way forward to freedom, not only for Untouchables, but for all humankind.Join us next Tuesday night to hear from the Gypsy people themselves (their preferred term) how Ambedkar’s Dhamma revolution has ignited their own pathway to liberation. Come along and see how Ambedkar’s catch-cry ‘educate, agitate, organise’ is being brought alive by the Gypsies in present-day Hungary.
“The greatest thing that the Buddha has done is to tell the world that it cannot be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of the individual and the mind of the world.” Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
Weekly Sangha Night commences every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm at
96 Halifax St in the city. Everyone welcome.
Celebrating Dr Ambedkar Sangha Night 16 Oct 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St
Every year on and around October 14th, hundreds and thousands of Indians and other practitioners in the Triratna Buddhist community give thanks, celebrate and rejoice in the life of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. On that date in 1956, having been born an untouchable in the Hindu caste system, Ambedkar renounced Hinduism and became instead a follower of the Buddha’s teachings. On that same day, nearly 400,000 Indian men and women also turned their backs on a millennium of degradation and slavery and converted to Buddhism along with their leader.
This is a remarkable story of a truly remarkable human being, and Sangharakshita and Triratna are at the heart of this story in its unfolding since the sudden death of Ambedkar, only a few short weeks after his conversion.
Join us in Adelaide Triratna on Tuesday evening, to hear about one of the greatest modern Buddhist thinkers and social activists and how his revival of Buddhism in the land of its birth lives on today. Everyone welcome.