From Ambedkar in India to the Gypsies in Hungary: Sangha Night 23rd October

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Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the world:
Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary
 

After a lifetime’s work campaigning to liberate Untouchables from the horrors of the caste system in India, Dr. Ambedkar, born an Untouchable himself,  came to the conclusion the Buddha and his Dhamma was the way forward to freedom, not only for Untouchables, but for all humankind.Join us next Tuesday night to hear from the Gypsy people themselves (their preferred term) how Ambedkar’s Dhamma revolution has ignited their own pathway to liberation. Come along and see how Ambedkar’s catch-cry ‘educate, agitate, organise’ is being brought alive by the Gypsies in present-day Hungary.

The greatest thing that the Buddha has done is to tell the world that it cannot be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of the individual and the mind of the world.” Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Weekly Sangha Night commences every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm at
96 Halifax St in the city. Everyone welcome.

Buddha Day Tuesday 29th May

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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.

Everyone welcome.

6.30pm Doors open
6.45pm Meditation
7.15pm Introduction to Buddha Day
7.30pm Sevenfold Puja and Tash’s mitra ceremony
8.30pm Refreshments
9.00pm Farewells

Favourite Dharma talks and books

Favourite Dharma talks and books
our current theme on Sangha Nights

 

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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.

Going Deeper in the Dharma

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six Thursday evenings 
1st June – 6th July, 7pm-9pm
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
 

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.

Contribution $60-$90

Booking Essential
For further information and booking
click on Reply email or contact
Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

Transforming Self and World through the Month of October

Transforming Self and World
through the Month of October

The month of October is when we celebrate Dr Ambedkar, one of the greatest modern Buddhist thinkers and social activists. Outside of certain circles, little is known about this remarkable man, and yet he was the catalyst for transforming millions of lives in India, from degradation, slavery and injustice, to dignity, hope and freedom.

Tuesday 4th October we will continue our journey into the Sutra of Golden Light, learning more about how we can transform ourselves in the light of the Buddha’s teaching. The following week, 11th October, we will hear about Dr. Ambedkar who did just that, and then inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to do the same. His inspiration lives on to this day. The photo is a gathering of over a million people, fifty years on from the man’s death, at the place in India where Dr. Ambedkar declared his allegiance to the Buddha and his teachings.

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Sunday 9th October you are invited to a Spring Perma Lunch, from 12 noon through the afternoon. This is at Marion’s house and lunch will be made from the garden, so if you have food growing in your garden, bring it along and we will create a feast to nourish our precious beings. We will also exchange seeds and cuttings, so come and celebrate planet earth and her bounty and the beautiful works of art humans can make of it, when we put our hearts and minds together. Please rsvp to Marion 83528601.

Jo has invited us to share together in a night at the theatre, either Thursday or Friday 13/14th October, in support of community projects in SE Asia, South Africa and the Philippines. Please contact her direct about this 0405515530….and Ann has brought to our attention the gathering on the steps of Parliament House, Action against Nuclear Dumps, at 11am on Saturday 15th October.

All this calls for a rallying puja at full moon, when we will rejoice in the Three Jewels on Tuesday 18th October, with the Suvarnabhasottama Puja, from the beautiful verses of the Sutra of Golden Light no less!

Looking forward to sharing in sangha with you all and everyone is welcome.

Transforming Self and World

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themes from the sutra of golden light
 
This is our new theme for Sangha Nights, starting next Tuesday 20th September. Sangharakshita’s teaching on this sutra was originally given in a series of seminars forty years ago and published in book form twenty years hence, with the following opening sentence on the back cover. “As the earth’s resources are wasted and defiled, as the nations of the world are ravaged by war and hunger, we can afford to give way neither to cynicism nor to despair.”

With clarity and wisdom, Sangharakshita takes this ancient source of inspiration and guidance, translating the images and episodes of this beautiful but mysterious text into a commentary filled with practical insights into many increasingly urgent dilemmas we are facing in the world today. Ecology, economics, morality, politics, culture and government – in a realm of gods and goddesses, kings and dragons, the golden light of absolute reality pours forth, transforming the entire world.

At the same time, if we dream of changing the world, we must start with changing ourselves. For all those seeking to engage in transforming self and world, this text and Sangharakshita’s commentary offer hope, encouragement and a way forward. Join us on Tuesday nights (6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city) for some guidance and inspiration and lively sharing of thoughts and reflection. Everyone welcome.

Full Moon Puja

Full Moon Puja
Full Moon Puja
Tuesday 13th September
and a celebration of three years 
of weekly Sangha Nights in Adelaide
 
The full moon is traditionally an auspicious time for Buddhists to gather together and mutually honour our highest ideals and aspirations. The month of September marks the three year anniversary of when we started weekly Sangha Nights at Halifax St in Adelaide. Everyone is warmly invited to be a part of this celebration and giving thanks for the Buddha Shakyamuni and his teachings. If you have favourite Dharma texts you would like to share as part of the puja, please bring them along.

We will start at 6.45pm with a period of meditation,(both sessions will be happening, with and without instruction), followed by a short tea break before the Sevenfold Puja, lead for us on this occasion by Ratnadaka.

Our Sangha in the Making

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On Sangha Night next Tuesday 30th August, we will be taking our next steps beyond becoming incorporated and inviting people to share in creating a collective endeavour to move us more and more in the direction of a true sangha in the making.

Following our meditation, the second part of the evening will start with a pithy half hour talk by an Order member at the San Fransisco Buddhist Centre, about the individual, the group and the spiritual community. This will serve to remind us what we have been exploring over the winter about the true nature of sangha and the individual. It will also lay the foundation for Rich and Tash to share a vision for Adelaide Triratna growing into the future and invite each one of us to reflect on what we may be able to offer to the development of our sangha.

Bring along, in hard copy, your favourite photos of Adelaide Triratna events and activities from the past three years. We will rejoice together at the end of the evening with our Three-Fold Puja, as a celebration of sangha and Bhante Sangharakshita, the founder of our movement and Order, whose 91st birthday is 26th August.

The Journey and the Guide

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A new course being offered in September and October

This is Maitreyabandhu’s latest book (the author of Life with Full Attention). This course takes us on a journey of practical week-by-week exercises, focusing on cultivating mindful awareness, knowing ourselves, being happy, integrating and simplifying our lives and truly being ourselves.

This book is for anyone who wants their life to be a journey, an eight week course in Enlightenment, that will take a lifetime to complete.

Maitreyabandhu shares with us the motivation for writing this book “I wanted to try and show in a practical way how we can gain Enlightenment, what it really means to be a Buddhist, how we can make the most of this being human.”

Thursdays, 7pm-9.30pm 
8th September – 27th October

96 Halifax St in the city

Cost for the eight weeks

including your personal copy of the book

$200/$160

Bookings are essential, limited places available

Contact Dharmamodini via reply email or 0439 839 785

Manifesto of Petals

VJL cldr'11.jpgThis is the title of a talk we will listen to at Sangha Night next Tuesday, 26th July. It is a culmination of the theme we have been exploring What is the Sangha? and a lead-in to our August retreat focusing on the True Individual. The talk is by Vajradarshini and looks at the radical nature of Sangharakshita’s teaching, with his emphasis on the centrality of Going For Refuge and the Middle Way.

The evening starts with meditation at 6.45pm, (there are two different sessions happening at this same time, one with instruction and one without), and will conclude by 9.15pm.

Everyone welcome.