Easter Retreat – The Bodhisattva Way

The Bodhisattva Way
Thursday evening 18th April 
until Monday lunchtime 22nd 
For experienced sangha members only
Glenbarr Camp and Conference Centre
Paris Creek Road
Strathalbyn SA 5255

This year’s Easter long weekend retreat (Thurs eve 18 – Mon lunch 22 April) will be led by Siladasa, assisted by Padmasiddhi, exploring the Bodhisattva Way.

The aim is to make the Bodhisattva Ideal and the Perfections part and parcel of our daily lives in whatever sphere we find ourselves, be it at work, home or in recreation. We shall incorporate the Four Brahmaviharas meditations, examine and discuss the Perfections, do puja (bring favourite readings, bells, drums and rattles!) and listen to each other’s inspiring stories as well as examples from the long Buddhist tradition.

This retreat is an opportunity for experienced members of our sangha to take their practice deeper, a retreat open to newcomers will be coming soon.

Please email with any queries or to book your place.

Talk on Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path

The Noble Eightfold Path
Starting Tuesday 26th February
 6.45pm
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000 

Join us on Tuesday for an evening of meditation and and a talk on Perfect Vision: The First Limb of the Noble Eightfold Path.

This will begin our exploration of this foundational Buddhist teaching, which 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 and reflection 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 the way things are.

Over the coming weeks we will explore all eight limbs of the Path, with talks by members of our sangha and visiting Order Members.

All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary.

Parinirvana Day Puja

Parinirvana Day Puja

Tuesday 19th February
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

Parinirvana Day, officially on 15th February 2019, commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s bodily death ‘without remainder’ and his entry into Nirvana.

The Adelaide sangha will have a Parinirvana Day puja on Tuesday 19th February. We will start at the usual time of 6.45pm, have a shorter meditation and tea break and then the puja, which will take about an hour.

As part of this ceremony, you are invited to bring photographs, drawings or objects associated with people (or other beings) dear to you who have died in the last year to place on the shrine to honour them.

All must depart — all beings that have life
Must shed their compound forms.
Yea, even one, a master such as he, a peerless being,
Powerful in wisdom, the Enlightened One, has passed away.

Transient are all compounded things,
Subject to arise and vanish;
Having come into existence they pass away;
Good is the peace when they forever cease. 

Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Last Days of the Buddha

The Three Jewels: An Introduction to Buddhism Course

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

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.

6.45pm at 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000

First Sangha Night of 2019: report from Maitreyabandhu’s ‘Ways to Insight’ Retreat

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

January Retreat: A Glimpse of the Pure Land

A Glimpse of the Pure Land

Residential retreat
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.

Warm regards,

Adelaide Triratna

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

Program for December and our End of Year Gathering

Tuesday 11th December: Great Gathering Retreat Report
Tuesday 18th December: End of Year Puja

6.45pm, 96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000 

Sunday 16th December: End of Year Gathering
12pm by the Lotus Pond, Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Join us for the last two Tuesday Sangha evenings of the year.

On Tuesday 11th, members of our sangha who have travelled to Vijayaloka, a Triratna retreat centre near Sydney, for the annual Great Gathering retreat for women mitras and Order Members, will share from their experience of this year’s retreat.

On Tuesday 18th we will come together to practice an End of Year Puja, a devotional ritual offering a chance to celebrate our sharing in the Three Jewels and re-energise our practice coming into the Holiday Season and the New Year.

On Sunday 16th, we will meet for a shared picnic as our End of Year Gathering, a rejoicing in the last twelve months we have shared together, at midday by the Lotus Pond in the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden.

All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary.

Sangha Day Puja

Sangha Day Puja
Tuesday 27th November 6.45pm
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000 

Do join us on Tuesday for an evening of meditation and ritual celebrating the creation of the first Sangha, or Buddhist Community.

Through chanting and recitation (in call and response), a Puja explores a series of devotional moods which lift the spirit and develop our emotional connection with our spiritual ideals.  Communally we bring about an experience of beauty and celebrate the value of sharing the spiritual path with others.

All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary.

The Funeral and Burial Service for Urgyen Sangharakshita

The Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita
August 26, 1925 – October 30, 2018

Information Around the Funeral and Burial Service for Urgyen Sangharakshita:  

November 10th 2018, 12.30 pm UK time, at Adhisthana

We write to pass on the following message from our friends in Adhisthana in the UK, where Sangharakshita will be later today (11pm our time).

Dear friends,

We wanted to give you some last minute information for those of you coming to Adhisthana tomorrow and also an update on how things are going here.

Over the last few days we have had a very steady flow of visitors, coming to visit Bhante’s body and say their farewells. There has continued to be a lovely atmosphere with tears, laughter, solemnity and joy.  

People have also been able to take part in the 24 hour vigil in the main shrine and participate in the evening puja. We are also fortunate in the number of volunteers we have to help with preparations and to help in a number of ways on Saturday. It has been very special seeing the site fill up as more and more people arrive. It has been especially moving to see our overseas visitors arrive. We now have people from all areas of the world here. The Adhisthana team continue to do an extraordinary job in coordinating and organising all of this.

After the burial there will be an opportunity to strew flower petals into the grave. Please bring petals along if you would like to do this.

Download the Order of Service for Sangharakshita’s Funeral and Burial

Order Photographs of Bhante’s Body in the Amitabha Shrine Room

We’ve had requests from Order members, who were unable to spend time sitting with Bhante’s body, for pictures of him lying in the Amitabha shrine room at Adhisthana, in order to meditate on his passing. If you’d like to you can download two images here. We will release publicly the black-and-white picture of the College with Bhante following the funeral. In the meantime, please be sensitive about sharing these images, particularly in non-Order spaces on social media. It’s very difficult to control who sees any image on spaces like Facebook and not everyone would be comfortable seeing such strong pictures in their feed.

Live coverage

We are confident now that we will be able to offer a live stream to cover the funeral. While we obviously cannot guarantee this, we are doing everything we possibly can to keep everyone involved wherever they are. We will be starting coverage before the ceremony and you can see updated information about streaming the service on The Buddhist Centre Online, Facebook, etc.

We need everyone at Adhisthana to switch mobile phones to Flight Mode or switch off altogether, not only out of respect but also because we need the wifi and all mobile networks kept free. Any other use of the of the internet (including phone calls) will affect our ability to share the ceremony around the world.

There will also be a video link from the barn and the burial site into the Adhisthana main shrine room to act as an overflow if needed, and in case anyone needs to come indoors because of the cold.

Disabled access

Paths on most of the site have hard surfaces, and matting has been laid down to provide wheelchair access round to the barn from the tarmac beyond the shrine room and women’s community. There will be a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet on site.

We will, of course, see many of you tomorrow. We do expect large numbers so please do look at previous mailings or on The Buddhist Centre Onlinefor information for travel arrangements etc. We look forward to welcoming you to Adhisthana in person and joining us around the world.

With metta at this very special time for our community,

Parami, Mahamati and Paramartha.