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.
According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond its reach. Mind in Harmony is the title of a book written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. The material contained therein comes out of his life-long experience of communicating the Dharma, and in particular the Yogacara Abhidharma, through giving talks and leading retreats in Europe, the US and India.
Subhuti dedicates the book first and foremost to his teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita, who himself published Know Your Mind, an accessible introduction to Buddhist psychology. Both books are described as eminently practical guides to the system of mind training to be found in the classical Abhidharma material.
Join us as autumn unfolds into winter to explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fruitful life.
We gather every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city, starting at 6.45pm with meditation (there is also guided meditation for newcomers), followed by a tea break and then time exploring our theme, concluding at 9.15pm.
The full moon in July is when we celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha sharing, for the first time, his journey and experience of Awakening, with his former disciples in the Deer Park at Sarnath.
Tuesday 4th July is when we will rejoice in the gift of the Dharma with meditation followed by a puja, giving thanks for the Buddha’s teaching that has flowed down to us from his ‘First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma’.
Tuesday 11th July will see us resume our current Sangha Night theme, Mind in Harmony. According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond it’s reach. Long before the discoveries of contemporary neuroscience and psychology, the Buddha gained insight into the nature of mind. This theme is based on the book by the same name, written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. It is an eminently practical guide to the system of mind training contained in the classical Abhidharma texts.
Join us through the winter to warm and inspire you with this material and explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fulfilling life.