Program for December and our End of Year Gathering

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 on Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path

 

Talk from Saddhavijaya:
Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path
Tuesday 4th December
 6.45pm
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.

Sangha Day Puja

Sangha Day Puja
Tuesday 27th November 6.45pm
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000 

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.

Sangharakshita and Buddhadasa

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.

All are welcome.

Death Of Sangharakshita

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.

 

Wild Awake: On Solitary Retreats

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.

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.