“Turning Arrows into Flowers”
Triratna’s International Urban Retreat
a world-wide practice week in our international community
Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th September, 2018
This year’s international urban retreat is focusing on the Dharma practice of turning difficulties into opportunities to transform ourselves! On the eve of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, sitting beneath the Bodhi tree, he was besieged by all kinds of challenges and doubts, what is traditionally spoken of as Mara’s attack. Mara personifies all that holds us back on the path to Awakening and there is Mara without – traffic jams, annoying people, difficult emails, all that we dislike and gets in our way – and there is Mara within – anger, frustration, blame, jealousy and so on. Our task as Buddhist practitioners is to turn these arrows into flowers, as the Buddha did, by recognising what is happening and transforming our states of mind, in the moment, in the situation, and thereby transform ourselves into more loving, kind and compassionate human beings.
An urban retreat is a creative opportunity to weave the teachings more deeply into our lives, sharing with others locally and online internationally. To take part in this retreat with the Adelaide sangha, you need to commit to attending two workshops on consecutive Saturdays, 22nd and 29th September, from 10am – 3pm. Participants meet together on the first Saturday to learn about the theme and decide their individual goals and aspirations. Through the week you maintain daily contact with a ‘buddy’ for mutual support and encouragement. On the second Saturday, we gather again to share our experiences and our learning with one another and rejoice in our efforts to transform ourselves day by day. The two workshop days will include periods of meditation and puja.
Internationally, there will be short talks (approx 20 min) on the theme available each day online, at the International Practice Week page on thebuddhistcentre.com
If you have any questions or want to discuss any aspects of this urban retreat, phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785.
To register to take part with the Adelaide sangha, contact Dharmamodini on the above number.
Dana contribution $50, or whatever you feel you can give in support of Adelaide Triratna.
Join us this springtime for a week of inspiration and spiritual friendship, to invigorate your energies and enliven your being.
Triratna Day, Sunday 8th April, 9.30am – 2.30pm at 96 Halifax Street
This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Order and we will be celebrating this with much rejoicing on Sunday 8th April.
It is especially delightful that our program includes a mitra ceremony for Katrina and the opportunity to hear in person from an Order member present at the international 50th celebrations in Bodhgaya in February.
Please arrive early for a prompt start at 9.30am, bring a small quantity of vegan food to share for lunch and we will conclude promptly at 2.30pm. Looking forward to sharing the day with everyone, celebrating the Three Jewels together and rejoicing in Adelaide Triratna.
- 9.30am – Welcome and Meditatiom
- 10.30am – Morning Tea
- 10.50am – “The Lion’s Roar” celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Order, a talk by Dharmamodini about the Order Convention in Bodhgaya
- 12 noon – Lunch
- 1.00pm – Sevenfold Puja and Mitra Ceremony for Katrina
- 2.15pm – Final Rejoicings and Farewells
- 2.30pm – Closure
Any queries, please phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Favourite Dharma talks and books
our current theme on Sangha Nights
Our Sangha Nights (Tuesdays at 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St) are continuing to be devoted to hearing from you about your favourite Dharma teachings, whether you have learnt about that teaching from listening to a talk, reading a book, seeing a film or watching a documentary.
We learn best from one another, so let’s hear about what aspect of the Dharma has resonated for you, touched you deeply, had a significant impact on the way you are living your life.
Tell us something of the teaching and how you came across it in that particular medium, what is at the heart of it for you and then devise a question or reflection we can use to explore the teaching in discussion on the night. You can use the whole second half of the evening (sixty minutes for presentation and discussion), you can present on your own, or share it with another person who feels the same passion for that teaching as you do. We can also use the sixty minutes to have two different presentations, (thirty minutes for each talk followed by discussion).
Allow your energies to flow and your heart/mind to speak to you of momentous times with the Dharma, and then let Rich know via email what you would like to share with the sangha, with joyful anticipation.
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
Thursday evenings, 7pm – 9.15pm
12th October – 30th November
96 Halifax St in the city
This course offers you the opportunity to explore how to make the most of your life, how to make the most of being human. It is both practical and profound, mixing poetry and myth with down-to-earth instruction. As Maitreyabandhu says “The natural mode of consciousness is to expand. In every moment we can either allow consciousness to unfold or we can make it ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and feel it shrink back to the level of egocentricity. It’s as if we have identified with a tiny ripple on the surface of the ocean. Once we let go of that identification, there’s the whole ocean: centreless, edgeless, completely free.”
This course, based on the book by the same name, is for anyone who wants their life to be a journey, an eight week course in Enlightenment, that will take a lifetime to complete.
Cost for the eight weeks
including your personal copy of the book
Booking Essential, limited places available
Contact Dharmamodini via email or 0439 839 785
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