BAM 2018 – transforming self, transforming world

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Buddhist Action Month coming up in June

The theme for BAM is inspired by contemporary global issues and this year’s emphasis invites us to stop and look at the big picture. Today our lives are dominated by an ideology of extreme competition and individualism. This misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. It has become very evident that our world urgently needs a new story or myth to live by; there is a deep sense of loss of value and meaning and for many a sense of loss of direction.

Our exploration of ‘this mess we are in’ and how we might  get ‘out of the wreckage’ (title of his latest book) will be guided by the work of George Monbiot, a British thinker and writer, known for his environmental and political activism. To move us into this theme, with the backdrop of “What has the Dharma got to offer?” gradually becoming centre-stage, we will use the second half of May to offer an introduction of a kind.

So the next six weeks of Sangha Nights look like this:

22nd May
How practising and living the Dharma can lead to ‘transforming self, transforming world’
29th May: Buddha Day celebrations
What better example could we have of our capacities to transform ourselves and the world “The Buddha was born, as we are born, what the Buddha overcame, we too can overcome, what the Buddha attained, we too can attain.” Please note this evening will include Tash’s mitra ceremony, a joyous expression along the path of transformation
5th June
Introducing the Bodhisattva Padmasambhava and his powers of transformation, to inspire and guide us in our everyday living, living that is giving shape to the future
12th June
Introducing Monbiot’s work, laying out our dilemma and our possibilities
19th June
Following Monbiot’s thinking through to a positive vision, a new story to live by, with value and meaning and ‘power’ to transform ourselves and the world
26th June
Living out the story in our daily lives, how we each can do this, here and now, individually and together

Join us on Tuesday nights at 96 Halifax St in the city, for meditation and stimulating Dharma talks and discussion. Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start.

Spring Retreat: 14th – 18th Sept

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Please Note Date Change for Spring Retreat, now 14th – 18th September

The Great Turning: reconnecting with our deepest desire and choosing life

In these times we are living in, no one is immune to doubt, denial or disbelief about the severity of our world situation, and about our ability to change it, the global crises we are facing, no matter which direction we look in. Yet of all the dangers we face, from climate change and nuclear wars, to the mass displacement of people across the planet, none is so great as the deadening of our response.

This retreat will introduce us to the work that reconnects, championed for over sixty years by Joanna Macy, Buddhist practitioner, scholar of general systems theory and deep ecology, environmental activist and author. To quote Joanna “The Buddha Dharma prompts me to think of the work that reconnects as Bodhisattva training. The Bodhisattva is the embodiment of compassion, who acts simply and boldly for the sake of all beings, and who lets herself be vitalised – indeed liberated – by her interconnections with them.”

As winter turns to spring, join us on this retreat  and be inspired and encouraged by the blend of wisdom in the work that reconnects.

Start Time: 6pm Thur 14th September
Finish Time: 3pm Mon 18th September
Location:        Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
Contribution:  $200 plus dana

Booking Essential: Dharmamodini 0439839785

Welcome to Buddhist Action Month June 2017

profileWelcome to Buddhist Action Month June 2017 
This Year’s Theme – Connecting For Change

At the heart of Triratna is the Bodhisattva Ideal – the aspiration and heartfelt wish to benefit others and the commitment to act in ways that help all beings to thrive. Many of us are engaged in this by sharing the Dharma within our sanghas, as well as through our work and the ways we live our lives

Buddhist Action Month (BAM) is an invitation to take part and get involved in actions that particularly express our care and concern for our planet and our environment and all living beings everywhere

Here is a link to a calendar of events being held through the month of June so you can see at a glance what is happening when. Below is a brief description of these events with dates and times. All events will be held at 96 Halifax St in the city, unless otherwise stated. Triratna exists on the basis of dana, that is the practice of giving/generosity; everyone is welcome to attend, you simply turn up and participate in ‘connecting for change’.

Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 for further details

Sharing Our Passion For The Earth: Sat 3rd June, 2pm – 4pm This is an opportunity to come together with like-minded people, to inform ourselves about all kinds of actions taking place to care for our planet – and share how we can individually get involved and make a contribution. A particular feature of the afternoon will be hearing about ARRCC – Australian Religious Response to Climate Change – and the Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit.

Sea-Level Rise Coastal Walk, Sun 4th June, 2pm – 3.30pm Join us for this ‘feet-on’ experience of the projected effects of climate change on our coastline and foreshore in Adelaide. Meet at 2pm at Captain Sturts Cottage (the Grange) on Jetty St, Grange, where we will also conclude our  approx 3km walk and then enjoy the afternoon tea we have each brought with us.

Tuesday evenings in June, 6.45pm – 9.15pm Sangha Nights in June will feature different speakers focusing on global ethical issues of our time; there will be opportunity for discussion and connecting with others to take action in ways that help advance a positive vision for the future. First up on 6th June is Gillian Reffell from our Sydney sangha (recently interviewed on RN) talking about divestment. These evenings begin with a period of meditation, followed by a tea break and the speaker commencing at 8pm.

Everyone is Creative, Sun 11th June, 10am – 3.30pm A day dedicated to discovering and sharing our expressive energy, that motivates us to care for one another and our wondrously vibrant, creative, magical world! The morning session, 10am – 12.30pm, is designed to wake up our senses through colour, texture and form and we will be inspired in this by our ‘resident’ artist Ingereth.

Contribute to our afternoon offerings, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, of music, dance, poetry or any form of creative expression that enlivens your senses and awakens you to the preciousness of life. This part of the day will be coordinated by our ‘resident’ musician Rich, (to make a contribution, please email him).

Bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch (12.30-1.30pm), come for part of the day, all of the day, all ages welcome.

This event will also be the occasion when we launch the 2nd edition of Triratna Arts and Culture (1st edition published 2013), a catalogue celebrating artistic expression across the globe in the Triratna international community.

Helping People Heal through the creative energy of art, Sangha Night, Tues 13th June (6.45pm meditation, 8pm speaker). Hear how Glenda Needs, a local Adelaide woman, became involved in supporting Mongolian women to help their communities deal with the ravaging effects of dramatic socio-economic and political changes in that country over the past 25 years. How can I/we/you help? Come along and find out.

Buddhas on the Silk Road, Fri 16th June, 7pm – 9pm An evening journeying in China to Dunhuang and the Mogao caves. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these caves are famous for their statues and wall paintings spanning 1000 years of Buddhist art from the 4th to 14th centuries. Our ‘resident’ tour guide for the evening will be Keryn, who visited Dunhuang three months ago. We will also see a recent release film  about Xuang Zhang, the famous Chinese pilgrim who passed through Mogao in 7th Century on his travels to India, to bring Buddhist scriptures back to China.

Justice for Refugees SA, Sangha Night, Tues 20th June (6.45pm/8pm) J4RSA reformed two years ago in response to the worsening policies and practices in this country in relation to people seeking asylum. Learn from people involved in J4RSA, Circles of Friends, Hope’s Cafe and other grassroot networks, the multitude of ways anyone can support another human being, called ‘refugee’.

Buddhas in the Art Gallery – but first, a picnic! Sun 25th June, 12 noon Join us for a picnic in the Botanic Gardens and then stroll to the Art Gallery to view the exhibition Awakening:Art of Buddhism (free entry). This is a testimony to the extraordinary traditions of Buddhist art found throughout Asia, including works from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Meet at 12 noon at the main gate of the Botanic Gardens on North Tce.

From the Ethics of Eating to Climate Change, Tues 27th June (6.45/8pm)
This being that becomes. Many ordinary foods consumed by us everyday are produced by causing harm, distress and even death to numerous other species. In turn, the earth is harmed through environmental devastation and climate change. Your being has to consume, but how can it do so without becoming one more contributor to climate change? Here’s your chance to learn how and make a difference, every mouthful counts.

Celebrating Buddhist Action Month Fri 30th June, 7pm A finale event rejoicing in everyone’s efforts to bring BAM to Adelaide for the first time. This will be a night of relaxation, sharing friendships, new and old, and reflecting on past effort with a view to the future, connecting with others and taking action for the benefit of all beings and our world.