This is the theme of our five day residential retreat, happening over Easter, starting Wednesday evening, 23rd March and finishing Monday afternoon 28th March.
Five years on from its publication, the book by the same name continues to inspire and guide people from around the world in their practice of the Dharma. Described as a Buddhist way through the ups and downs of life, Vajragupta’s sharing of the Buddha’s teaching offers reflections, exercises and plentiful suggestions for living this life with a more balanced approach, how to develop a more even keel in the midst of life’s upheavals.
Join us on this retreat and not only learn how to sail and be a part of cultivating sangha, but also enjoy the wondrous bushland at Douglas Scrub, 37 hectares of native vegetation in the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula, only 45 minutes from town (near McLaren Vale).
Further details will be available later and you can ring Dharmamodini to discuss any aspects of the retreat, but for now, we are encouraging you to get these dates in your diary and start making necessary plans and arrangements so you can commit to coming along. It is only seven weeks away!
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.
Monday nights, 7pm – 9.15pm
1st February – 21st March
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
This practical course in Mindfulness will be our first course in the new year. The focus this course is how to put mindfulness into practice in the actual conditions of our day-to-day life, in such a way that it makes a difference to how you experience daily living.
The course teaches you how to pay closer attention to your experience, by introducing and exploring different aspects of mindfulness, including awareness of the body, feelings, thoughts and the environment.
Life with Full Attention provides both a starting point for anyone new to the practice of mindfulness, as well as a valuable refresher for those with some prior experience.
Cost of $200 for the eight weeks includes your own copy of the book.
Booking is essential and places are limited.
Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 with any queries or to reserve a place.
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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.
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.