The Wheel of Life – a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa

The Wheel of Life
a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa
Sat 17th and Sun 18th November
10am-1pm each day
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
 

The Wheel of Life is an image that symbolises without concepts or words the complexity of the human condition. By exploring each of the six realms from psychological, social and cosmic perspectives, we may come to understand how life works, who we are and what we need to do to move ourselves in the direction of true happiness for all beings.

The wheel is held in the hands of a demon, impermanence, which keeps everything moving, shifting and changing. What this means is that we can change for the better and a more satisfying life is possible…..but only if we embrace the fact of impermanence rather than struggling against it. Necessarily, this exploration will also include an investigation of the Buddhist doctrine of Re-birth.

Buddhadasa was ordained in 1972, only five years after Sangharakshita started a new Buddhist movement in England. He has been responsible for contributing to the establishment of a number of our centres around the world, from North London and Brighton in England to Helsinki, Finland and Melbourne, Australia, as well as working at both our centres in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Buddhadasa helped develop the men’s training retreat centre in England (Padmaloka) and he has served as Bhante’s personal secretary; more recently he has been part of Sangharakshita’s care-team at Adhisthana.

Buddhadasa is currently living at Gandhakuti, a men’s community in Melbourne and we are delighted he is able to visit us in November to lead our sangha in this weekend seminar. Register your place now with Dharmamodini on 0439839785. Dana contribution for the teachings $50, or whatever you feel you can give to support the activities of Adelaide Triratna. For those of you who can stay on for lunch, please bring a small quantity of vegan food to share.

Radical Dharma

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Thursday evenings
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
Contribution: $160/$120

The Unwavering Heart: Mind Training and the Bodhicitta

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Mind Training and the Bodhicitta
 
Our Winter Retreat 
Thur 9th to Mon 13th August

Glenbarr, Strathalbyn

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
Contribution: $250

Adelaide Easter Retreat

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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

Turning-of-the-Year Retreat, 27th December – 3rd January, 2018!

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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

Welcome to Buddhist Action Month June 2017

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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.

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

Buddha Day Celebration on Tuesday

Tuesday 9th May
6.45pm at 96 Halifax Street

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“Gautama sat down beneath the Bodhi Tree and did not get up again. The next day, so Buddhists say, a new person sat there – a realised sage who would be known henceforth by his title, Buddha: the Awakened.” (Vishvapani Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One)

Join us at Adelaide Triratna next Tuesday evening in a puja to honour the Awakening of the Buddha traditionally celebrated on the full moon in May. One of the ways Gautama spoke about his experience that night was in terms of a way of seeing the world, that gave him an entirely new perspective on life, not just an exalted state of mind.

You are invited to come together with others to rejoice in this Awakening and give thanks for the teachings of the Buddha, showing us the way to our own realisation of how things really are and thus, how to live in peace and harmony in our present-day world.

Everyone welcome.

50 Years of Triratna

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50 Years of Triratna
Sunday 9th April
10am – 3pm
96 Halifax Street

This coming Sunday Adelaide Triratna will be celebrating 50 years of Triratna sharing the Buddha’s teachings with people all around the world. We will be rejoicing in the Three Jewels and giving thanks for Sangharakshita’s teaching of the Buddha’s Dharma, that has enabled thousands of human beings to find peace and liberation in their lives.

10am            Dedication Ceremony and Meditation: Triratna Metta Bhavana

11am            Morning Tea Break

11.15am       ‘Sharing Memories, Hearing Stories’: Order members rejoice in the pioneers

 ‘Sharing the Present’: what Triratna has brought into your life

12 noon       ‘For the Welfare of the World’: keynote address by Subhuti given on 8th April at the London Buddhist Centre

1.15pm        Lunch and the screening of Adelaide Triratna’s 50th Birthday video, and taking part in a Triratna Metta Wave across the world

2pm            Triratna Sevenfold Puja: please note – this will take place at the same time as the Palm Sunday March for Refugees, so some of us will be supporting refugees through practising puja, whilst others of us will be taking part in the Walk for Justice for Refugees (Victoria Square to Parliament House)

2.50pm        Closing Mantras

Please bring along any photos or symbolic objects significant to your journeying with Triratna; also, please bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch.

Our dana for the day will be given to the Future Dharma Fund, in support of ensuring Triratna continues to be a force for good in the world.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this very special occasion.

With Our Thoughts We Make The World

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We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
 
These words of the Buddha Shakyamuni express the heart of his experience of Awakening when he came to see the truth of how things really are.

Join us this Easter time in the beautiful setting of the Adelaide Hills to explore the heart of the Buddha’s teachings, communicated to us through the Dhammapada, the Way of Truth. Through talks, meditation, reflection, discussion and periods of silence, learn more about how we ‘make our world’ and how we too, like the Buddha, can cultivate mental and emotional states that colour our world differently, living in harmony with reality.

Easter Retreat
starting 6pm Wednesday 12th April
finishing 3pm Monday 17th April
at Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
 
$250-$300
Booking Essential
via Reply email or 
phone Dharmamodini