What is the Sangha?

This will be our new theme on Sangha  Nights (commencing 31st May) when we gather weekly on Tuesday evenings, 6.45pm start-time, at 96 Halifax St in the city.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe individuals  who make up the Adelaide Triratna sangha will take turns in sharing Sangharakshita’s passionate commitment to the ideal of Sangha, one of the three highest ideals of Buddhism. In these teachings, Sangharakshita presents the ideal Sangha as a free association between developing individuals. An exploration of the nature of spiritual community will be balanced by reflections on individuality and what it truly means to be human.

Everyone is welcome to join us for these enlivening gatherings, transforming Sangha from an idea to an inspiring and practical ideal.

The Drop-In meditation will be happening at the same start-time of 6.45pm, followed by a tea-break and then the talks and discussion. The evening finishes at 9.15pm.

Significant Dates in May

Sunday 22nd May, 3pm at 96 Halifax St
You are invited to a gathering of the sangha to be a part of ‘launching’ our process to become incorporated. This gathering is simply to share information about what is involved in the process and provides an opportunity for people to ask questions about it. Becoming incorporated creates a legal entity out of what has been an informal gathering of people. This separates the individual from that entity and thereby provides certain rights and protection for the individuals involved, the activities undertaken and the group of people.

This is a significant step for Adelaide Triratna. We hope to share it with as many of the sangha as possible, as we move forward individually and together, in our collective efforts to practise Dharma and keep exploring the Three Jewels, within the context of our international Triratna Buddhist community.

There will be delicious vegan afternoon tea following the discussion and a finish time of 4.30pm. Please RSVP to Dharmamodini (via reply email or 0439 839 785).

Tuesday 24th May, 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St
The full moon in May (this year on Sun 22nd) is the traditional time for celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment. All over the world Buddhists are bringing to mind Gautama Buddha, the life and teachings of the Awakened One. We here in Adelaide Triratna will rejoice in Shakyamuni’s achievement in the traditional manner of sharing in meditation and puja.

We will start the evening with the Sevenfold Puja, followed by a period of meditation, so please arrive on time to join in the activities on this very auspicious occasion. After the meditation, we will gradually move from the silence into sharing supper and friendship, mindful of our good fortune in sharing the Three Jewels. Let’s make this a Sangha Night to remember and mark the date in your diary now!

The Heart Sutra – Our New Theme for Tuesday Nights

The Bodhisattva of Compassion
When he meditated deeply
Saw the emptiness of all five skandhas
And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering.

So what are these skandhas and how can we sunder the bonds that cause us suffering? The Heart Sutra is so called because it constitutes the heart of the Buddha’s Teaching as communicated to us in the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom sutras. As Sangharakshita has said “If we really know the Heart Sutra, we know – in a sense – everything.”

This is our new theme for Sangha Nights in April… and maybe beyond… as we try to deepen our understanding of this ancient text through the traditional three levels of wisdom, listening, reflecting and meditating upon the heart of the teachings.

Join us on Tuesday nights at 96 Halifax St in the city, meditation begins promptly at 6.45pm.

Full Moon Puja and Mitra Ceremony

This will be our Sangha Night tomorrow Tuesday, 22nd March, as we rejoice in the Buddha and give thanks for his teachings under the full moon and within that, rejoice in our friend Ing becoming a mitra in the Triratna community. Ing’s close friend Nagasuri is travelling from Sydney sangha to conduct Ing’s mitra ceremony and everyone is warmly invited to come along and be a part of the celebrations.

The order of the evening is slightly different to usual, still starting promptly at 6.45pm with meditation, but then (after a five minute break) flowing straight into the puja and ceremony. There will be a delicious supper after that to round off the evening in celebratory fashion.

Introduction to Meditation Course

Six Weeks on Thursday nights, 7pm – 9.15pm
7th April – 19th May (no session on 28th April)
96 Halifax St, Adelaide

inner calmAs we enter the cooler and quieter 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, this six 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 springtime and give yourself and others the gift of calmer, more positive states of being.

Join us on this course and surprise yourself!

Booking Essential0439 839 785

6 week course $100/$70

Autumn is on its way: What’s coming up in Adelaide Triratna in March

Tuesday 1st March Sangha Night
Prajna – Turning the Teachings into Practice
Having explored what spiritual wisdom is with Saddhavijaya, join us next Tuesday to learn a little of how to put the teachings into practice and get a taste of both living life with full attention and sailing the worldly winds.


On the 8th and 15th March we will delve into smrti, or mindfulness to conclude our current Sangha Night theme of the Five Spiritual Faculties.

Tuesday 22nd March we will rejoice in Ing, as we witness her becoming a mitra in a Sevenfold Puja, led by Nagasuri, visiting from Sydney to undertake Ing’s mitra ceremony, not to be missed.

Wednesday 23rd March will be the start of our Easter Retreat, Sailing The Worldly Winds (see separate email and webpage for more details).

Looking forward to sharing these activities and the Dharma with you as we move through the changing of the seasons.

Sailing the Worldly Winds

This is the theme of our five day residential retreat, happening over Easter, starting Wednesday evening, 23rd March 
and finishing Monday afternoon 28th March.

sailing_the_worldly_windsFive 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!

A Month of Mondays – Early Morning Meditation in the Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollowing on the positive response to this activity as part of our Urban Retreat last November, Adelaide Triratna is springing into this leap year and offering five early morning meditations in the park through the month of February.

Starting next Monday 1st Februaryjoin us  for a 7am meditation under the tree outside the Japanese Gardens ( on South Tce, between Pulteney and Hutt Sts). Bring your own meditation gear (cushions, stool, chair, shawls) and we will provide ground cover and mats.

This will continue each Monday in February, ie. 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, so mark this in your diary now and anticipate a peaceful and invigorating start to the weeks ahead.

Everyone welcome.

Any inquiries, phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

An Evening with Vajrapani – Energy Unlimited!


This is what we are in for at Sangha Night, next Tuesday 26th January to celebrate the first full moon of 2016.

We are continuing our theme of the Five Spiritual Faculties, focusing on virya, energy in pursuit of the good, blending into sraddha, faith.

Come along and listen to a wonderfully informative and inspiring talk by Vessantara and feel the energy arising minute by minute; then let your heart/mind soar in tune with your highest spiritual aspirations, rejoicing in the Three Jewels, as we share in a puja to Vajrapani, the embodiment of virya, unlimited!

Please Note: We will be starting promptly with the talk at 6.45pm, followed by a short break, then meditation before the puja.

All welcome and looking forward to seeing you there.

The Five Spiritual Faculties

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.