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.
The Heart’s Release: Embracing the brahma-viharas
The four brahma-viharas, or sublime abodes, are metta, karuna, mudita and upeksa, that is, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. Together with sraddha, faith, these words convey the key positive emotions in the Buddhist tradition and their development is crucial to the unfolding of a balanced spiritual life.
Join us on this seven day residential retreat to go deeper in your meditation practice and discover the beauty that lies within, the beauty that transforms self and world.
As usual, the retreat will start with dinner on the Sunday evening (arrival time from 4pm), and conclude after lunch the following Sunday, (around 3pm).
Our location is Glenbarr, on the outskirts of Strathalbyn in the Adelaide Hills, one hour’s drive from the city.
Contact Dharmamodini now (0439 839 785) if you are considering coming along and to book a place.
Donation to cover costs $350
Our Sangha Night theme for the month of December
Next Tuesday 1st December will see Akashamani launch our new theme on Tuesday nights
through to the end of this year. Come along and listen to our Dharma sister share her experiences of spiritual friendship within Triratna for nearly 25 years!
The following three Tuesdays (8th, 15th, 22nd) other people in Adelaide Triratna will share their experiences of friendship within the sangha.
December will also see our End-of-Year Gathering taking place on Sunday 13th December, from 12 noon.
This year it will be at Verity’s home in the city, as we are combining this annual event with our fare-welling of Verity on her overseas adventures, her own personal going forth into the unknown. Bring vegan/vegetarian food to share lunch and a relaxing afternoon with friends in the Dharma.
Saturday 28th November, 3.30pm
Sangha Day is celebrated around the full moon in November and is one of the major festivals in the Buddhist calendar, rejoicing in our highest ideals, the Three Jewels. We rejoice and give thanks for the spiritual community, for those who have gone before us on the spiritual path and attained Enlightenment and for those we are treading the path with now in the present, sharing our aspirations to awaken to the truth of how things really are.
This year our celebrations will take place following the culmination of the International Urban Retreat, concluding with a workshop this same day from 10am -3pm.
A highlight of this year’s Sangha Day gathering will be witnessing and supporting our friend Keryn in becoming a mitra in the Triratna community. The word mitra simply means friend and taking the step to become a mitra is an expression of one’s commitment to practise the Buddha’s teachings within our spiritual community. Akashamani, our Order sister from Pt.Fairy in Victoria, will be joining us for this special event and will lead us in the puja and mitra ceremony.
So mark this date in your diary now and be a part of our Adelaide Triratna celebrations, including meditation, a joyous Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in Keryn’s commitment and sharing in – of course – a delicious vegan afternoon tea!
What’s coming up in our Sangha in the second half of November and then December!
Tuesday 17th Nov
is our grand finale night focusing on the Urban Ecosattva
. Keryn has been ably facilitating us in thinking about and discussing all manner of aspects related to this theme, including What is Nature? What is aesthetic appreciation and how do we express this in our daily living? Do we hide in loving kindness or engage in loving kindness? What are the personal hindrances to being an engaged Buddhist? Be there next Tuesday for a last opportunity to explore meaningfully with others how we might live harmoniously together with planet earth.
Saturday 21st November is the launch date for the International Urban Retreat (see previous email for details). The theme is Living in the Greater Mandala, a teaching of Sangharakshita about learning to live from a more expansive, beautiful and non-utilitarian perspective. Contact Saddhavijaya now if you want to take part.
Saturday 28th November will be the final workshop to conclude the Urban Retreat, followed at 3.30pm with our Sangha Day celebrations, including Keryn’s Mitra Ceremony. Everyone is welcome to join us for this very special occasion.
Sunday 29th November is the People’s Climate March, commencing 11am at Torrens Parade Ground, King William St. Details on where Adelaide Triratna will gather beforehand to join the march to follow soon.
Tuesday 1st December will see us launch our new Sangha Night theme of Spiritual Friendship for the month of December. This will be launched in a talk given by our visiting Order sister Akashamani from Port Fairy in Victoria.
Sunday 13th December is the date to mark in your diary for our End-of-Year gathering, details to follow later.
Sunday 27th December – Sunday 3rd January are the dates for our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat at Glenbarr, Strathalbyn. Watch this space for the theme and further details to be announced shortly.
Looking forward to sharing lots of growthful time together in the remainder of this year.