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.
The Wheel of Life
a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa
Sat 17th and Sun 18th November
10am-1pm each day
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
The Wheel of Life is an image that symbolises without concepts or words the complexity of the human condition. By exploring each of the six realms from psychological, social and cosmic perspectives, we may come to understand how life works, who we are and what we need to do to move ourselves in the direction of true happiness for all beings.
The wheel is held in the hands of a demon, impermanence, which keeps everything moving, shifting and changing. What this means is that we can change for the better and a more satisfying life is possible…..but only if we embrace the fact of impermanence rather than struggling against it. Necessarily, this exploration will also include an investigation of the Buddhist doctrine of Re-birth.
Buddhadasa was ordained in 1972, only five years after Sangharakshita started a new Buddhist movement in England. He has been responsible for contributing to the establishment of a number of our centres around the world, from North London and Brighton in England to Helsinki, Finland and Melbourne, Australia, as well as working at both our centres in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Buddhadasa helped develop the men’s training retreat centre in England (Padmaloka) and he has served as Bhante’s personal secretary; more recently he has been part of Sangharakshita’s care-team at Adhisthana.
Buddhadasa is currently living at Gandhakuti, a men’s community in Melbourne and we are delighted he is able to visit us in November to lead our sangha in this weekend seminar. Register your place now with Dharmamodini on 0439839785. Dana contribution for the teachings $50, or whatever you feel you can give to support the activities of Adelaide Triratna. For those of you who can stay on for lunch, please bring a small quantity of vegan food to share.
“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