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.
“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.
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
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
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
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.
starting 6pm Wednesday 12th April
finishing 3pm Monday 17th April
at Glenbarr, Strathalbyn
via Reply email or
Two Day Retreats with Maitripala
Saturday and Sunday
11th and 12th February
10am – 3pm
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by what is happening all around the world on any parameter you dare to think of – politics, environment, economics, gender, race, class and so it goes on and on. How can we best live a Dharma life in the midst of so much turmoil, conflict and suffering?
Join us for this weekend of exploring the teachings, to find out more about yourself and your relationship to unsatisfactoriness and compassion. Metta is a necessary first ingredient for effectively connecting with compassion. Maitripala will lead us through experiential learning that has enabled her to undertake the Buddhas-in-my-Pocket pilgrimage this past year and will enable us to go deeper in ourselves and with others.
The content of these two day retreat/workshops flows on one from the other, but each day can also be meaningfully participated in, without attending the other day.
Dana contribution for each day is $50, or $80 for both days.
Booking essential, via email
or phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Sangha happenings in december and beyond
As we move towards the end of the year and 2017, this is what lies ahead for Adelaide Triratna in the coming weeks and months:
Tuesday nights, 29th November, 6th and 13th December we will continue entering the realms of the Sutra of Golden Light.
Our final Sangha Night for 2016 will be 20th December when we will celebrate and give thanks for the Three Jewels with a traditional Sevenfold Puja.
Our End-of-Year gathering will be on Sunday 18th December, from 12 noon onwards, at Ratnadaka and Saddhavijaya’s place in Hazelwood Park.
The Turning-of-the-Year Retreat (see separate email circulated 22nd Nov) will be from Tuesday 27th December through to Tuesday 3rd January.
We will resume Sangha Nights on Tuesday 10th January, 2017.
Maitripala, the Order member from Victoria who is undertaking the Buddhas in My Pocket Pilgrimage, will be with us from 7th – 17th February.
Adelaide Triratna is entering into the Fringe next year ( 17th Feb – 19th Mar) with promotional Drop-In meditations, watch this space for further information.
Reflecting on this time of year and being mindful of choices and decisions we are making about the weeks ahead, here are some inspiring words from the Dalai Lama:
“Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.”
Go well everyone and hope to see you sometime soon.
“Journeying with the Buddhas” – our System of Practice and the Five Buddha Mandala
This is the theme for our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat. We will spend the days exploring Triratna’s System of Practice, namely integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual re-birth and spontaneous compassionate activity, and we will be accompanied on this journey by the Buddhas of the Mandala, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi and Vairocana.
This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse your being in the richness of the Dharma and the symbolism of the Three Jewels, living in community with spiritual friends in the rural setting of the Adelaide Hills.
Start: Tuesday 27th December, the retreat starts with the evening meal around 6.30pm; you are welcome to arrive from 4pm
Finish: Tuesday 3rd January 3pm
Location: Glenbarr, Paris Creek Road, Strathalbyn
Contribution: $350 to cover costs of food and accommodation, dana according to means
Booking Essential: Contact Dharmamodini via Reply email or 0439 839 785