Opening the Heart through Qi Gong and Meditation
Five day retreat (over the Easter period)
Wed 28th March – Mon 2nd April
led by Yasokaruna, Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioner
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
You need to feel your heart energy with the whole of your being. To help us come into a more direct experience of our whole being, including the heart, we will be working with Qi Gong movements and the stillness of meditation.
Qi Gong movements work with the physical body and the energetic body. Grounded in our physical body we can work to release blockages in our meridians and allow energy to flow freely within, and into and out of, the body.
We cannot force this kind of relationship and it’s particularly true with the heart. Creating space and a sense of openness we can allow the heart to reveal itself. This is also a beautiful practice in ksanti, patience.
Setting up the most supportive conditions for ourselves is important. Please feel free to bring along any readings, poems, photos, drawings etc. that hold a heart connection for you.
The movements of Qi Gong are suitable for everyone and can easily be adapted where needed. No previous experience necessary.
Start : 6pm, Wed 28th March
Finish : 3pm, Mon 2nd April
Location : Glenbarr, Strathalbyn, Adelaide Hills
Dana : $250 to cover accommodation and food, plus dana contribution
Booking Essential : Dharmamodini 0439 839 785, 9-22 Jan; 7th Mar onwards
Yasokaruna 0403 916 778, 23 Jan – 6th Mar
Mindfully Alive is the theme of our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat, based on the Satipatthana Sutta, the direct path to realisation. This will be the foundation for mindfully exploring our experience over the seven days of this retreat, led by Maitripala from Victoria.
Maitripala visited Adelaide Triratna in February as part of her Buddhas-in-my-Pocket pilgrimage and she has kindly and generously organised her time and her life, so she can come back to South Australia and lead us in this wondrous text and practice.
What would life be like if we could more consistently “keep calmly knowing change?”
keep – continuity and effort required to remain present
calmly – becoming free from being driven by desires and aversions to experience
knowing – quality of intelligent awareness
change – insight into the true nature of things
Join us on this retreat and strengthen your practice towards transforming your life. A solid foundation in the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices is a pre-requisite for booking on this retreat.
Starts: 6pm, Wednesday 27th DecemberFinishes: 3pm, Wednesday 3rd January
Venue: Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
Dana: $350 to cover costs, plus dana contribution
Booking Essential via Reply email, or Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Mind in Harmony
the psychology of
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.
Thursday nights 7pm – 9.15pm 22nd October – 3rd December 96 Halifax St, Adelaide As we enter the last three months of the year, this may well be a good time to give yourself the gift of learning to meditate and cultivating awareness, bringing inner calm to your daily living. Even if you know how to meditate, […]
22nd March – 10th May (no session 12th April due to Easter)
Wednesday evenings, 7pm – 9.15pm
7 week course
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
Give yourself the gift of learning to meditate and cultivating awareness, bringing inner calm to your daily living. Even if you know how to meditate, this seven week course can renew and strengthen your practice.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.
We teach two meditation practices originally taught by the historical Buddha, the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness. Join us this Autumn and give yourself and others the gift of calmer, more positive states of being.
7 week course $100/$70
The Alchemy of Love: entering the realms of the brahma viharas
This is our new theme for Sangha Nights, commencing next Tuesday 21st February. The four brahma viharas, or sublime abodes, are metta, karuna, mudita and upeksa, that is, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. We are going to follow the threads of discussion and exploration that have been taking shape through the past weeks and encourage ourselves to go deeper with this revolutionary approach to meditation and living our lives. Alchemy – turning base metal into gold; this can be us, opening to the inner depths of our being, giving rise to beauty and kindness in the face of suffering and joy alike.
See you there on Tuesday evenings, 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city; all welcome.
Please Note: a drop-in meditation class is available every week at the same place and time, 6.45pm, for those interested to learn about meditation or refresh their practice. There is no cost for these sessions, simply a contribution according to means, the Buddhist practice of dana or generosity.
Tuesday 14th February
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St
This is an annual festival in the Buddhist calendar, when we commemorate the historical Buddha’s death. We give thanks for the gift of the Three Jewels and reflect on our own journeying with the Dharma and spiritual death and rebirth.
We also reflect on the certainty of our own death and bring to mind other sentient beings who have shared with us the preciousness of this life and have died in the past twelve months. Bring a photo or symbol you can offer to the shrine in honour of those passed from this life.
Two Day Retreats with Maitripala
Saturday and Sunday
11th and 12th February
10am – 3pm
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by what is happening all around the world on any parameter you dare to think of – politics, environment, economics, gender, race, class and so it goes on and on. How can we best live a Dharma life in the midst of so much turmoil, conflict and suffering?
Join us for this weekend of exploring the teachings, to find out more about yourself and your relationship to unsatisfactoriness and compassion. Metta is a necessary first ingredient for effectively connecting with compassion. Maitripala will lead us through experiential learning that has enabled her to undertake the Buddhas-in-my-Pocket pilgrimage this past year and will enable us to go deeper in ourselves and with others.
The content of these two day retreat/workshops flows on one from the other, but each day can also be meaningfully participated in, without attending the other day.
Dana contribution for each day is $50, or $80 for both days.
Booking essential, via email
or phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Come and be gently led through a mindfulness and a cultivation of loving-kindness practice by ordained members of Adelaide’s Triratna Buddhist Community. No experience is necessary.
Mindfulness is a mental state cultivated by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It has been a main focus of Buddhist practice for 2,500 years and has recently been more widely adopted as a technique for reducing stress and anxiety and improving focus and clarity of mind.
In the loving-kindness practice we are working with our emotions, learning to enter more fully into positive and enjoyable mental states as well as cultivating a more kindly attitude towards others, which in turn enables us to live more harmoniously with those around us.
There is no fee for these one hour events, but donations are welcome.
Anthroposophical Society, 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000
22 Feb 6pm, 25 Feb 11am, 2 Mar 6pm, 5 Mar 11am
8 Mar 6pm, 11 Mar 11am, 16 Mar 6pm, 19 Mar 11am
Sangha happenings in december and beyond
As we move towards the end of the year and 2017, this is what lies ahead for Adelaide Triratna in the coming weeks and months:
Tuesday nights, 29th November, 6th and 13th December we will continue entering the realms of the Sutra of Golden Light.
Our final Sangha Night for 2016 will be 20th December when we will celebrate and give thanks for the Three Jewels with a traditional Sevenfold Puja.
Our End-of-Year gathering will be on Sunday 18th December, from 12 noon onwards, at Ratnadaka and Saddhavijaya’s place in Hazelwood Park.
The Turning-of-the-Year Retreat (see separate email circulated 22nd Nov) will be from Tuesday 27th December through to Tuesday 3rd January.
We will resume Sangha Nights on Tuesday 10th January, 2017.
Maitripala, the Order member from Victoria who is undertaking the Buddhas in My Pocket Pilgrimage, will be with us from 7th – 17th February.
Adelaide Triratna is entering into the Fringe next year ( 17th Feb – 19th Mar) with promotional Drop-In meditations, watch this space for further information.
Reflecting on this time of year and being mindful of choices and decisions we are making about the weeks ahead, here are some inspiring words from the Dalai Lama:
“Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.”
Go well everyone and hope to see you sometime soon.
“Journeying with the Buddhas” – our System of Practice and the Five Buddha Mandala
This is the theme for our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat. We will spend the days exploring Triratna’s System of Practice, namely integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual re-birth and spontaneous compassionate activity, and we will be accompanied on this journey by the Buddhas of the Mandala, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi and Vairocana.
This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse your being in the richness of the Dharma and the symbolism of the Three Jewels, living in community with spiritual friends in the rural setting of the Adelaide Hills.
Start: Tuesday 27th December, the retreat starts with the evening meal around 6.30pm; you are welcome to arrive from 4pm
Finish: Tuesday 3rd January 3pm
Location: Glenbarr, Paris Creek Road, Strathalbyn
Contribution: $350 to cover costs of food and accommodation, dana according to means
Booking Essential: Contact Dharmamodini via Reply email or 0439 839 785