The Wheel of Life
a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa
Sat 17th and Sun 18th November
10am-1pm each day
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
The Wheel of Life is an image that symbolises without concepts or words the complexity of the human condition. By exploring each of the six realms from psychological, social and cosmic perspectives, we may come to understand how life works, who we are and what we need to do to move ourselves in the direction of true happiness for all beings.
The wheel is held in the hands of a demon, impermanence, which keeps everything moving, shifting and changing. What this means is that we can change for the better and a more satisfying life is possible…..but only if we embrace the fact of impermanence rather than struggling against it. Necessarily, this exploration will also include an investigation of the Buddhist doctrine of Re-birth.
Buddhadasa was ordained in 1972, only five years after Sangharakshita started a new Buddhist movement in England. He has been responsible for contributing to the establishment of a number of our centres around the world, from North London and Brighton in England to Helsinki, Finland and Melbourne, Australia, as well as working at both our centres in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Buddhadasa helped develop the men’s training retreat centre in England (Padmaloka) and he has served as Bhante’s personal secretary; more recently he has been part of Sangharakshita’s care-team at Adhisthana.
Buddhadasa is currently living at Gandhakuti, a men’s community in Melbourne and we are delighted he is able to visit us in November to lead our sangha in this weekend seminar. Register your place now with Dharmamodini on 0439839785. Dana contribution for the teachings $50, or whatever you feel you can give to support the activities of Adelaide Triratna. For those of you who can stay on for lunch, please bring a small quantity of vegan food to share.
“Turning Arrows into Flowers”
Triratna’s International Urban Retreat
a world-wide practice week in our international community
Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th September, 2018
This year’s international urban retreat is focusing on the Dharma practice of turning difficulties into opportunities to transform ourselves! On the eve of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, sitting beneath the Bodhi tree, he was besieged by all kinds of challenges and doubts, what is traditionally spoken of as Mara’s attack. Mara personifies all that holds us back on the path to Awakening and there is Mara without – traffic jams, annoying people, difficult emails, all that we dislike and gets in our way – and there is Mara within – anger, frustration, blame, jealousy and so on. Our task as Buddhist practitioners is to turn these arrows into flowers, as the Buddha did, by recognising what is happening and transforming our states of mind, in the moment, in the situation, and thereby transform ourselves into more loving, kind and compassionate human beings.
An urban retreat is a creative opportunity to weave the teachings more deeply into our lives, sharing with others locally and online internationally. To take part in this retreat with the Adelaide sangha, you need to commit to attending two workshops on consecutive Saturdays, 22nd and 29th September, from 10am – 3pm. Participants meet together on the first Saturday to learn about the theme and decide their individual goals and aspirations. Through the week you maintain daily contact with a ‘buddy’ for mutual support and encouragement. On the second Saturday, we gather again to share our experiences and our learning with one another and rejoice in our efforts to transform ourselves day by day. The two workshop days will include periods of meditation and puja.
Internationally, there will be short talks (approx 20 min) on the theme available each day online, at the International Practice Week page on thebuddhistcentre.com
If you have any questions or want to discuss any aspects of this urban retreat, phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785.
To register to take part with the Adelaide sangha, contact Dharmamodini on the above number.
Dana contribution $50, or whatever you feel you can give in support of Adelaide Triratna.
Join us this springtime for a week of inspiration and spiritual friendship, to invigorate your energies and enliven your being.
4th Oct – 29th Nov
This is an eight week course introducing you to meditation and the Buddha’s teachings.
Where does happiness really come from?
What does meditation have to do with it?
Why be ethical?
What really is karma?
What is this Buddhist Path people go on about?
Come along to this course and learn about some of the most radical and transformative aspects of the Dharma, that is, the Buddha’s teachings. Then decide for yourself, is this for you?
The course runs over eight weeks in October and November, (with a week’s break half way through), on Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, at 96 Halifax St in the city.
Booking Essential contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Celebrating Dharma Day
on Sangha Night, 31st July
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St
Around the full moon in July each year, we gather together to celebrate the gift of the Dharma, the Buddha’s Teachings, showing us the way to insight and wisdom, clarity and compassion; how to realise our full potential as human beings and live in harmony with all living beings and how things really are.
This year our celebrations will begin with a talk by Dharmamodini ‘Living the Dharma Around the World’, based on her recent experiences sharing in the Chairs’ Assembly at Adhisthana.
Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start. The talk will be followed by opportunity for questions and discussion, before special, home-made refreshments.
We will then share in a Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in the Three Jewels and on this occasion, particularly rejoicing in the Dharma, that spans the globe, embracing all manner of diversity in its universal teachings.
Buddha Day Puja
Tuesday 29th May
6.45pm 96 Halifax St
As autumn rapidly changes into winter, we will gather to celebrate Buddha Day, the biggest festival in the Buddhist calendar, rejoicing in Siddhartha Gautama’s Awakening under the bodhi tree. This year our Buddha Day celebrations are a part of our BAM theme, transforming self, transforming world. When Gautama awakened to the truth of how things really are and began sharing his experience with whomever was interested to listen, he not only transformed himself, he started the Dharma revolution of our world age, setting rolling the wheel of the Dharma, that’s been rolling down through the ages ever since, transforming the world. The words and example of Gautama Buddha have affected billions of people.
Join us on Tuesday night when we will also be celebrating Tash’s mitra ceremony, a very joyous occasion for our sangha and the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Please note, the evening will have a different structure according to the outline below – times are approximate other than the prompt 6.45pm start; there will be no tea-break as such, but refreshments will be shared after the puja and before the close of evening. Also note there will be no Drop-In meditation session.
6.30pm Doors open
7.15pm Introduction to Buddha Day
7.30pm Sevenfold Puja and Tash’s mitra ceremony
The Unwavering Heart:
Mind Training and the Bodhicitta
Our Winter Retreat
Thur 9th to Mon 13th August
Atisha (982-1054 CE) was born in India and rapidly rose to fame in the Buddhist world as a renowned scholar and practitioner of the Dharma. He was one of the major figures in the spread of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra. The Mind Training teachings coming from Atisha and his disciples go to the heart of the Buddhist tradition. They use pithy slogans such as ‘Bring every difficulty onto the Path’ to encourage a wholehearted and unwavering commitment to the Dharma, whatever one’s circumstances and whatever life throws up. Our reactions to life – people, emails, responsibilities, media – serve as indicators of self-clinging and again and again offer opportunities for transformation.
To make possible this process of transformation we are urged to enter into the deepest Wisdom and to arouse an unbounded Love and Compassion, yet the Mind Training teachings have about them a lightness of touch, a gentle warmth and humour.
This retreat will be led by Dharmamodini, who will have recently returned from the UK, where she will have participated in this retreat at Adhisthana, the ‘heartland’ of our worldwide Triratna Buddhist Community. We will explore the teachings through presentations, discussion, reflection, meditation and devotional practice.
Booking Essential: contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Not About Being Good
– exploring Buddhist Ethics
our new theme on Sangha Nights
commencing Tuesday 10th April
The practice of ethics is one of the cornerstones of Buddhism, being the way we manifest our spiritual intentions in our daily lives and in doing so, cultivate a more harmonious and fulfilling experience for ourselves and others alike.
The ever changing nature of our reality means that an action which is ethical in one situation may be unethical in another, and so in Triratna, we dont follow a fixed set of rules about how to behave, or cling to rigid ideas of what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.
Instead, our approach to living an ethical life is in finding ever more skilful and effective ways to act wisely and kindly, with compassion for all living beings, whatever their form, including ourselves. To guide us, we draw on a set of five Precepts, or ethical guidelines, which help us in our efforts to skilfully navigate our path.
Come and explore Buddhist ethics on Sangha Nights beginning with a general introduction on April 10th, followed by one evening exploring each of the five Precepts. This theme will be presented by Rich and Jo, who are both training for ordination in Triratna and will draw both from their own experience and the writings of Sangharakshita and other members of the Order.
Start time is 6.45pm every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city, finishing at 9pm. All welcome.