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.
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
Going Deeper – in meditation and in life
Thursday evenings, 6.45pm – 9pm
19th April – 31st May
This is a seven week course being offered by Dharmamodini to people in the Triratna community who have an established meditation practice, (meditating at least three times a week and sitting for a minimum 30 minutes each time). Participants will together create the flow of this course, as we share the art of meditation unfolding in our lives.
We will learn from sharing our experiences of meditation on the cushion or on the chair, and thereby enhance our learning of how to deepen our experience of living this life in more meaningful ways. Our primary teacher will be Sangharakshita, by using his source book of teachings The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation.
Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 to discuss your participation in this course; course dana $100.
In the crucible of meditation, bring forth day by day the compassion, wisdom, skill and courage for which the world longs. (Shambhala Warrior’s Mind Training)
Opening the Heart through Qi Gong and Meditation
Five day retreat (over the Easter period)
Wed 28th March – Mon 2nd April
led by Yasokaruna, Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioner
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
You need to feel your heart energy with the whole of your being. To help us come into a more direct experience of our whole being, including the heart, we will be working with Qi Gong movements and the stillness of meditation.
Qi Gong movements work with the physical body and the energetic body. Grounded in our physical body we can work to release blockages in our meridians and allow energy to flow freely within, and into and out of, the body.
We cannot force this kind of relationship and it’s particularly true with the heart. Creating space and a sense of openness we can allow the heart to reveal itself. This is also a beautiful practice in ksanti, patience.
Setting up the most supportive conditions for ourselves is important. Please feel free to bring along any readings, poems, photos, drawings etc. that hold a heart connection for you.
The movements of Qi Gong are suitable for everyone and can easily be adapted where needed. No previous experience necessary.
Start : 6pm, Wed 28th March
Finish : 3pm, Mon 2nd April
Location : Glenbarr, Strathalbyn, Adelaide Hills
Dana : $250 to cover accommodation and food, plus dana contribution
Booking Essential : Dharmamodini 0439 839 785, 9-22 Jan; 7th Mar onwards
Yasokaruna 0403 916 778, 23 Jan – 6th Mar
Mindfully Alive is the theme of our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat, based on the Satipatthana Sutta, the direct path to realisation. This will be the foundation for mindfully exploring our experience over the seven days of this retreat, led by Maitripala from Victoria.
Maitripala visited Adelaide Triratna in February as part of her Buddhas-in-my-Pocket pilgrimage and she has kindly and generously organised her time and her life, so she can come back to South Australia and lead us in this wondrous text and practice.
What would life be like if we could more consistently “keep calmly knowing change?”
keep – continuity and effort required to remain present
calmly – becoming free from being driven by desires and aversions to experience
knowing – quality of intelligent awareness
change – insight into the true nature of things
Join us on this retreat and strengthen your practice towards transforming your life. A solid foundation in the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices is a pre-requisite for booking on this retreat.
Starts: 6pm, Wednesday 27th DecemberFinishes: 3pm, Wednesday 3rd January
Venue: Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
Dana: $350 to cover costs, plus dana contribution
Booking Essential via Reply email, or Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Mind in Harmony
the psychology of
theme for Sangha Night
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.
Thursday nights 7pm – 9.15pm 22nd October – 3rd December 96 Halifax St, Adelaide As we enter the last three 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, […]
22nd March – 10th May (no session 12th April due to Easter)
Wednesday evenings, 7pm – 9.15pm
7 week course
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
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 seven 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 Autumn and give yourself and others the gift of calmer, more positive states of being.
7 week course $100/$70
The Alchemy of Love: entering the realms of the brahma viharas
This is our new theme for Sangha Nights, commencing next Tuesday 21st February. The four brahma viharas, or sublime abodes, are metta, karuna, mudita and upeksa, that is, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. We are going to follow the threads of discussion and exploration that have been taking shape through the past weeks and encourage ourselves to go deeper with this revolutionary approach to meditation and living our lives. Alchemy – turning base metal into gold; this can be us, opening to the inner depths of our being, giving rise to beauty and kindness in the face of suffering and joy alike.
See you there on Tuesday evenings, 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city; all welcome.
Please Note: a drop-in meditation class is available every week at the same place and time, 6.45pm, for those interested to learn about meditation or refresh their practice. There is no cost for these sessions, simply a contribution according to means, the Buddhist practice of dana or generosity.