From Ambedkar in India to the Gypsies in Hungary: Sangha Night 23rd October

the first mitra ceremony in Hungary, 2006
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

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.

BAM 2018 – transforming self, transforming world

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Buddhist Action Month coming up in June

The theme for BAM is inspired by contemporary global issues and this year’s emphasis invites us to stop and look at the big picture. Today our lives are dominated by an ideology of extreme competition and individualism. This misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. It has become very evident that our world urgently needs a new story or myth to live by; there is a deep sense of loss of value and meaning and for many a sense of loss of direction.

Our exploration of ‘this mess we are in’ and how we might  get ‘out of the wreckage’ (title of his latest book) will be guided by the work of George Monbiot, a British thinker and writer, known for his environmental and political activism. To move us into this theme, with the backdrop of “What has the Dharma got to offer?” gradually becoming centre-stage, we will use the second half of May to offer an introduction of a kind.

So the next six weeks of Sangha Nights look like this:

22nd May
How practising and living the Dharma can lead to ‘transforming self, transforming world’
29th May: Buddha Day celebrations
What better example could we have of our capacities to transform ourselves and the world “The Buddha was born, as we are born, what the Buddha overcame, we too can overcome, what the Buddha attained, we too can attain.” Please note this evening will include Tash’s mitra ceremony, a joyous expression along the path of transformation
5th June
Introducing the Bodhisattva Padmasambhava and his powers of transformation, to inspire and guide us in our everyday living, living that is giving shape to the future
12th June
Introducing Monbiot’s work, laying out our dilemma and our possibilities
19th June
Following Monbiot’s thinking through to a positive vision, a new story to live by, with value and meaning and ‘power’ to transform ourselves and the world
26th June
Living out the story in our daily lives, how we each can do this, here and now, individually and together

Join us on Tuesday nights at 96 Halifax St in the city, for meditation and stimulating Dharma talks and discussion. Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start.

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.

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.

Favourite Dharma talks and books

Favourite Dharma talks and books
our current theme on Sangha Nights

 

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Our Sangha Nights (Tuesdays at 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St) are continuing to be devoted to hearing from you about your favourite Dharma teachings, whether you have learnt about that teaching from listening to a talk, reading a book, seeing a film or watching a documentary.

We learn best from one another, so let’s hear about what aspect of the Dharma has resonated for you, touched you deeply, had a significant impact on the way you are living your life.

Tell us something of the teaching and how you came across it in that particular medium, what is at the heart of it for you and then devise a question or reflection we can use to explore the teaching in discussion on the night. You can use the whole second half of the evening (sixty minutes for presentation and discussion), you can present on your own, or share it with another person who feels the same passion for that teaching as you do. We can also use the sixty minutes to have two different presentations, (thirty minutes for each talk followed by discussion).

Allow your energies to flow and your heart/mind to speak to you of momentous times with the Dharma, and then let Rich know via email what you would like to share with the sangha, with joyful anticipation.

Mind in Harmony


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the psychology of
Buddhist ethics
 
theme for Sangha Night
 

According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond its reach. Mind in Harmony is the title of a book written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. The material contained therein comes out of his life-long experience of communicating the Dharma, and in particular the Yogacara Abhidharma, through giving talks and leading retreats in Europe, the US and India.

Subhuti dedicates the book first and foremost to his teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita, who himself published Know Your Mind, an accessible introduction to Buddhist psychology. Both books are described as eminently practical guides to the system of mind training to be found in the classical Abhidharma material.

Join us as autumn unfolds into winter to explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fruitful life.

We gather every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city, starting at 6.45pm with meditation (there is also guided meditation for newcomers), followed by a tea break and then time exploring our theme, concluding at 9.15pm.

July with Adelaide Triratna

Sangha Nights, Tuesdays at 6.45pm, 96 Halifax St
The full moon in July is when we celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha sharing, for the first time, his journey and experience of Awakening, with his former disciples in the Deer Park at Sarnath.
 

Tuesday 4th July is when we will rejoice in the gift of the Dharma with meditation followed by a puja, giving thanks for the Buddha’s teaching that has flowed down to us from his ‘First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma’.

Tuesday 11th July will see us resume our current Sangha Night theme, Mind in Harmony. According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond it’s reach. Long before the discoveries of contemporary neuroscience and psychology, the Buddha gained insight into the nature of mind. This theme is based on the book by the same name, written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. It is an eminently practical guide to the system of mind training contained in the classical Abhidharma texts.

Join us through the winter to warm and inspire you with this material and explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Deer Park, Sarnath, India
Deer Park, Sarnath, India

Celebrating Buddhist Action Month: The Wisdom to Survive

Friday 30th June, 7pm, 96 Halifax St

This Friday will bring the month of June to a close, but hopefully the listening and talking we have shared through BAM will simply become Buddhist Action flowing into the second half of the year and beyond. To celebrate everyone’s efforts to bring BAM to Adelaide for the first time, we are screening The Wisdom to Survive. This film is about climate change, capitalism and community. It is profoundly engaging and has the potential to transform lives, because it provides visions of how we can live in the midst of massive environmental challenges.

We are also celebrating four years of holding weekly Sangha Nights at Halifax St and Adelaide Triratna’s 5th birthday, so come along and see a very worthwhile film, at the same time, rejoicing in the creation and development of our sangha in South Australia.

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Welcome to Buddhist Action Month June 2017

profileWelcome to Buddhist Action Month June 2017 
This Year’s Theme – Connecting For Change

At the heart of Triratna is the Bodhisattva Ideal – the aspiration and heartfelt wish to benefit others and the commitment to act in ways that help all beings to thrive. Many of us are engaged in this by sharing the Dharma within our sanghas, as well as through our work and the ways we live our lives

Buddhist Action Month (BAM) is an invitation to take part and get involved in actions that particularly express our care and concern for our planet and our environment and all living beings everywhere

Here is a link to a calendar of events being held through the month of June so you can see at a glance what is happening when. Below is a brief description of these events with dates and times. All events will be held at 96 Halifax St in the city, unless otherwise stated. Triratna exists on the basis of dana, that is the practice of giving/generosity; everyone is welcome to attend, you simply turn up and participate in ‘connecting for change’.

Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 for further details

Sharing Our Passion For The Earth: Sat 3rd June, 2pm – 4pm This is an opportunity to come together with like-minded people, to inform ourselves about all kinds of actions taking place to care for our planet – and share how we can individually get involved and make a contribution. A particular feature of the afternoon will be hearing about ARRCC – Australian Religious Response to Climate Change – and the Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit.

Sea-Level Rise Coastal Walk, Sun 4th June, 2pm – 3.30pm Join us for this ‘feet-on’ experience of the projected effects of climate change on our coastline and foreshore in Adelaide. Meet at 2pm at Captain Sturts Cottage (the Grange) on Jetty St, Grange, where we will also conclude our  approx 3km walk and then enjoy the afternoon tea we have each brought with us.

Tuesday evenings in June, 6.45pm – 9.15pm Sangha Nights in June will feature different speakers focusing on global ethical issues of our time; there will be opportunity for discussion and connecting with others to take action in ways that help advance a positive vision for the future. First up on 6th June is Gillian Reffell from our Sydney sangha (recently interviewed on RN) talking about divestment. These evenings begin with a period of meditation, followed by a tea break and the speaker commencing at 8pm.

Everyone is Creative, Sun 11th June, 10am – 3.30pm A day dedicated to discovering and sharing our expressive energy, that motivates us to care for one another and our wondrously vibrant, creative, magical world! The morning session, 10am – 12.30pm, is designed to wake up our senses through colour, texture and form and we will be inspired in this by our ‘resident’ artist Ingereth.

Contribute to our afternoon offerings, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, of music, dance, poetry or any form of creative expression that enlivens your senses and awakens you to the preciousness of life. This part of the day will be coordinated by our ‘resident’ musician Rich, (to make a contribution, please email him).

Bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch (12.30-1.30pm), come for part of the day, all of the day, all ages welcome.

This event will also be the occasion when we launch the 2nd edition of Triratna Arts and Culture (1st edition published 2013), a catalogue celebrating artistic expression across the globe in the Triratna international community.

Helping People Heal through the creative energy of art, Sangha Night, Tues 13th June (6.45pm meditation, 8pm speaker). Hear how Glenda Needs, a local Adelaide woman, became involved in supporting Mongolian women to help their communities deal with the ravaging effects of dramatic socio-economic and political changes in that country over the past 25 years. How can I/we/you help? Come along and find out.

Buddhas on the Silk Road, Fri 16th June, 7pm – 9pm An evening journeying in China to Dunhuang and the Mogao caves. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these caves are famous for their statues and wall paintings spanning 1000 years of Buddhist art from the 4th to 14th centuries. Our ‘resident’ tour guide for the evening will be Keryn, who visited Dunhuang three months ago. We will also see a recent release film  about Xuang Zhang, the famous Chinese pilgrim who passed through Mogao in 7th Century on his travels to India, to bring Buddhist scriptures back to China.

Justice for Refugees SA, Sangha Night, Tues 20th June (6.45pm/8pm) J4RSA reformed two years ago in response to the worsening policies and practices in this country in relation to people seeking asylum. Learn from people involved in J4RSA, Circles of Friends, Hope’s Cafe and other grassroot networks, the multitude of ways anyone can support another human being, called ‘refugee’.

Buddhas in the Art Gallery – but first, a picnic! Sun 25th June, 12 noon Join us for a picnic in the Botanic Gardens and then stroll to the Art Gallery to view the exhibition Awakening:Art of Buddhism (free entry). This is a testimony to the extraordinary traditions of Buddhist art found throughout Asia, including works from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Meet at 12 noon at the main gate of the Botanic Gardens on North Tce.

From the Ethics of Eating to Climate Change, Tues 27th June (6.45/8pm)
This being that becomes. Many ordinary foods consumed by us everyday are produced by causing harm, distress and even death to numerous other species. In turn, the earth is harmed through environmental devastation and climate change. Your being has to consume, but how can it do so without becoming one more contributor to climate change? Here’s your chance to learn how and make a difference, every mouthful counts.

Celebrating Buddhist Action Month Fri 30th June, 7pm A finale event rejoicing in everyone’s efforts to bring BAM to Adelaide for the first time. This will be a night of relaxation, sharing friendships, new and old, and reflecting on past effort with a view to the future, connecting with others and taking action for the benefit of all beings and our world.