The Five Spiritual Faculties are the theme for Sangha Nights when we gather once more at 96 Halifax St from 12th January.
Sangharakshita, the founder of Triratna, encourages us to approach Buddhism as a whole, that is in a balanced manner and with the whole of our being. As he has said ‘There are many sides to human nature, emotional, intellectual, introvert, extravert and so on and these are represented in Buddhism by the five spiritual faculties. These are faith, energy, mindfulness, meditation and wisdom and these need to be balanced if we are to make progress in the spiritual life.
Join us on Tuesday nights from 6.45pm for meditation and stay on for a cuppa and the introduction to this theme and small group discussion. We conclude the evening by 9.15pm. All welcome.
Please Note: There is no Drop-In meditation in the month of January; this will resume on Tuesday 2nd February.
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!
Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th November
Living in the Greater Mandala
is the theme of this retreat, taking place in your home, in your country, indeed anywhere in the world you may be!
The emphasis of an urban retreat is encouraging and supporting people to bring the Dharma into their daily living, relating the teachings to their everyday experience. In addition to this, it is also designed to enable people to experience themselves as part of the world-wide sangha that is Triratna.
This event is managed by the Triratna Development Team in Europe and is run online at thebuddhistcentre.com, our worldwide community across planet earth.
To take part in this retreat with the Adelaide sangha, you need to commit to coming along to two workshops on consecutive Saturdays, 21st and 28th November, from 10am – 4pm.
You also need to be committed to engaging daily through that week with whatever you have chosen for yourself as aspirations and keeping connected with other retreatants for mutual support and encouragement.
More details will follow on the program and the theme, but for now it can be summed up in a quote from Sangharakshita “The aim..is to bring an attitude of pure aesthetic appreciation to whatever circumstances that come our way.”
Please let us know asap if you are thinking of and/or going to take part in this inspiring and delightful sharing in spiritual friendship.
Participation is on the basis of dana contribution.