Mondays 6.45 – 9pm on 4, 11, 25 February and 4, 11 March
Finishing with a Day Retreat Sat 16 March 10am – 4pm
Join us for five Monday evenings and a Saturday day retreat exploring the theme of the Three Jewels.
The Three Jewels are living symbols, supreme objects of commitment and devotion in the life of every Buddhist.
The Buddha Jewel: symbol of Enlightenment, particularly as embodied in Siddhartha Gautama, the man who discovered the path to human perfection.
The Dharma Jewel: symbol of the Path itself, a host of insights and practical guidelines that help the individual plot a course towards Enlightenment.
The Sangha Jewel: symbol of the fellowship enjoyed between those whose lives are based on the quest for Enlightenment.
To understand the Three Jewels is to understand the central ideals and principles of Buddhism. To have some insight into them is to touch its very heart.
Led by Ratnadaka and Saddhavijaya – all are welcome and no prior experience is required. This short course offers an excellent introduction to Buddhism or an opportunity to refresh and revitalise your practice.
Please email us to book your place, or with any queries.
6.45pm at 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000
Recommended donation $120/$100
Three Talks from Visiting Order Members: 15th Jan: ‘What Buddhism Isn’t’ – Sangharuchi 22nd Jan: ‘Spiritual Friendship and Death’ – Dhammakumara 29th Jan: ‘The Coincidence of Wills’ – Maitripala
The new year brings new visitors to the Adelaide Sangha. Over the course of the next three weeks we have three Order Members visiting us, each presenting on different themes.
This coming Tuesday 15th Jan we have Sangharuchi visiting us all the way from the UK, exploding some common misconceptions about Buddhism under the title ‘What Buddhism Isn’t!’.
Following that on Tuesday 22nd Dhammakumara will relate the story of the Buddha and Ananda’s final journey together before the Buddha’s death, and unpack what the story tells us about the spiritual friendship between them. Relating this it to his own experience of the recent death of Sangharakshita and other close spiritual friends, he will explore what we can learn from this and how it could affect our own attitudes to life, death, and spiritual practice.
And on Tuesday 29th Maitripala returns to share a very special experience of the Bodhicitta, the ‘Will to Enlightenment’, an experience transdending both the individual and the group. This arose at the time of her visit to Adhisthana, Triratna’s retreat centre in the UK, at the time of the death and funeral of our founder, Bhante Sangharakshita.
All are welcome. Each evening begins with a session of meditation with guidance available for newcomers.
Maitreyabandhu is a poet and the author of popular books ‘Life with Full Attention’ and ‘The Journey and the Guide’. On a recent retreat in Victoria, called ‘Ways to Insight’, he explored the cultivation of wisdom through meditation and gave some in-depth explanation of how the Triratna system of practice works.
Our first sangha night of the year will be on Tuesday January 8th where we will hear from several members of our sangha who attended the retreat. They will share with us their experience of the retreat and their reflections on how we behave in relation to others; samadhi, or the cultivation of a calm, alert, energised mind, and pranja, or turning towards sensing things as they really are.
All are welcome, no experience necessary.
8th Jan – 6.45pm at 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000
Thu 17th – Mon 21st Jan
led by Dhammakumara and Buddhadasa
All are warmly invited to attend our January Retreat in the lovely, historic setting of Glenbarr (near Strathalbyn).
The theme for this retreat is “A Glimpse of the Pure Land”. In Buddhism, a Pure Land is a wonderful realm of extraordinary beauty where Dharma teachings are everywhere and Enlightenment is easy to obtain. In a way, this is what we are trying to create when we go on retreat together, dwelling in the beauty of nature and creating conditions that are as conducive as possible to our spiritual practice and growth.
This retreat will be led by Dhammakumara who was recently appointed to the position of Triratna’s Young Buddhist Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand. He will be supported by one of Triratna’s most experienced Order Members, currently living in our region, Buddhadasa.
To book or confirm your place, or with any queries, please send us an email.
Start : 6pm, Thu 17th Jan Finish : 2pm, Mon 21st Jan Location : Glenbarr, Strathalbyn, Adelaide Hills Recommended donation : $300 / $250 Booking Essential : Please send us an email to confirm your place
Talk from Saddhavijaya:
Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path
Tuesday 4th December6.45pm
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000
Join us on Tuesday for an evening of meditation and and a talk from Saddhavijaya on Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Eightfold Path is probably the best known framework for describing the Buddhist Path and it all begins with the first limb, Perfect Vision. This is the way in which the Buddha saw the nature of reality and encouraged others to learn to see the same for themselves and to adapt their lives in response to it.
Through meditation we can learn to perceive reality directly and there are also teachings which can help us point us in the right direction and orientate our lives towards that goal, coming ever closer into harmony with things as they are.
All are welcome, no previous experience necessary.
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.
Instruments have been a part of ritual and meditation for thousands of years. Together we can meet and join the unique rhythm of our hearts with that of the singing bowl and delve into the art of bringing sound into our meditation practice. Join us for this special night, inspired by our previous theme and offered to us by Tracy and Max in our sangha; please bring any singing bowls you may have.
Sangha Night starts promptly at 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city and finishes by 9pm. See you there, all welcome.
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)