This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Order and we will be celebrating this with much rejoicing on Sunday 8th April.
It is especially delightful that our program includes a mitra ceremony for Katrina and the opportunity to hear in person from an Order member present at the international 50th celebrations in Bodhgaya in February.
Please arrive early for a prompt start at 9.30am, bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch and we will conclude promptly at 2.30pm. Looking forward to sharing the day with everyone, celebrating the Three Jewels together and rejoicing in Adelaide Triratna.
9.30am – Welcome and Meditatiom
10.30am – Morning Tea
10.50am – “The Lion’s Roar” celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Order, a talk by Dharmamodini about the Order Convention in Bodhgaya
12 noon – Lunch
1.00pm – Sevenfold Puja and Mitra Ceremony for Katrina
Sangha Day in all Buddhist traditions across the world is traditionally celebrated on the full moon in November, which this year is the first weekend in the new month starting next week.
Join Adelaide Triratna for a picnic in the Japanese Gardens on South Tce, from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 5th November. Bring your picnic, along with friends and family, neighbours and acquaintances for some relaxing time together, rejoicing in the Three Jewels and particularly our spiritual community.
At Sangha Night on Tuesday 7th November (starting 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city) we will celebrate this annual Buddhist festival with a Sevenfold Puja, giving thanks for Shakyamuni Buddha and his Teachings, and the subsequent arising of the Arya Sangha, all the enlightened beings who have followed in his footsteps. The Teachings have been handed down from teacher to disciple for over 2,500 years and so Sangharakshita was able to become a monk and devote his life to sharing the Dharma and start a new Buddhist movement in England fifty years ago. This is now the Buddhist community we know as Triratna (Sanskrit for Three Jewels). Be a part of this evening in Adelaide and thereby join with our worldwide community in centres and sanghas around the globe celebrating Sangha Day, 2017.
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.
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
Thursday evenings, 7pm – 9.15pm 12th October – 30th November 96 Halifax St in the city
This course offers you the opportunity to explore how to make the most of your life, how to make the most of being human. It is both practical and profound, mixing poetry and myth with down-to-earth instruction. As Maitreyabandhu says “The natural mode of consciousness is to expand. In every moment we can either allow consciousness to unfold or we can make it ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and feel it shrink back to the level of egocentricity. It’s as if we have identified with a tiny ripple on the surface of the ocean. Once we let go of that identification, there’s the whole ocean: centreless, edgeless, completely free.”
This course, based on the book by the same name, is for anyone who wants their life to be a journey, an eight week course in Enlightenment, that will take a lifetime to complete.
Cost for the eight weeks
including your personal copy of the book
Booking Essential, limited places available
Contact Dharmamodini via email or 0439 839 785
Please Note Date Change for Spring Retreat, now 14th – 18th September
The Great Turning: reconnecting with our deepest desire and choosing life
In these times we are living in, no one is immune to doubt, denial or disbelief about the severity of our world situation, and about our ability to change it, the global crises we are facing, no matter which direction we look in. Yet of all the dangers we face, from climate change and nuclear wars, to the mass displacement of people across the planet, none is so great as the deadening of our response.
This retreat will introduce us to the work that reconnects, championed for over sixty years by Joanna Macy, Buddhist practitioner, scholar of general systems theory and deep ecology, environmental activist and author. To quote Joanna “The Buddha Dharma prompts me to think of the work that reconnects as Bodhisattva training. The Bodhisattva is the embodiment of compassion, who acts simply and boldly for the sake of all beings, and who lets herself be vitalised – indeed liberated – by her interconnections with them.”
As winter turns to spring, join us on this retreat and be inspired and encouraged by the blend of wisdom in the work that reconnects.
Start Time: 6pm Thur 14th September Finish Time: 3pm Mon 18th September Location: Glenbarr, Strathalbyn Contribution: $200 plus dana
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.
If you have been familiarising yourself with the Buddha’s teachings and are keen to go deeper in your exploration of the Dharma, this six week course is designed to do just that.
It begins with looking at Dharma study as a spiritual practice and examines the question ‘what is a Buddhist?’, before exploring more deeply the nature of the Three Jewels, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the highest ideals in Buddhism.
This course will be run by Saddhavijaya, an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.
“Gautama sat down beneath the Bodhi Tree and did not get up again. The next day, so Buddhists say, a new person sat there – a realised sage who would be known henceforth by his title, Buddha: the Awakened.” (Vishvapani Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One)
Join us at Adelaide Triratna next Tuesday evening in a puja to honour the Awakening of the Buddha traditionally celebrated on the full moon in May. One of the ways Gautama spoke about his experience that night was in terms of a way of seeing the world, that gave him an entirely new perspective on life, not just an exalted state of mind.
You are invited to come together with others to rejoice in this Awakening and give thanks for the teachings of the Buddha, showing us the way to our own realisation of how things really are and thus, how to live in peace and harmony in our present-day world.