Full Moon Puja and Mitra Ceremony

This will be our Sangha Night tomorrow Tuesday, 22nd March, as we rejoice in the Buddha and give thanks for his teachings under the full moon and within that, rejoice in our friend Ing becoming a mitra in the Triratna community. Ing’s close friend Nagasuri is travelling from Sydney sangha to conduct Ing’s mitra ceremony and everyone is warmly invited to come along and be a part of the celebrations.

The order of the evening is slightly different to usual, still starting promptly at 6.45pm with meditation, but then (after a five minute break) flowing straight into the puja and ceremony. There will be a delicious supper after that to round off the evening in celebratory fashion.

Introduction to Meditation Course

Six Weeks on Thursday nights, 7pm – 9.15pm
7th April – 19th May (no session on 28th April)
96 Halifax St, Adelaide

inner calmAs we enter the cooler and quieter months of the year, this may well be a good time to give yourself the gift of learning to meditate and cultivating awareness, bringing inner calm to your daily living.  Even if you know how to meditate, this six week course can renew and strengthen your practice.

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.

By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.

We teach two meditation practices originally taught by the historical Buddha, the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness. Join us this springtime and give yourself and others the gift of calmer, more positive states of being.

Join us on this course and surprise yourself!

Booking Essential0439 839 785

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6 week course $100/$70

Autumn is on its way: What’s coming up in Adelaide Triratna in March

Tuesday 1st March Sangha Night
Prajna – Turning the Teachings into Practice
Having explored what spiritual wisdom is with Saddhavijaya, join us next Tuesday to learn a little of how to put the teachings into practice and get a taste of both living life with full attention and sailing the worldly winds.

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On the 8th and 15th March we will delve into smrti, or mindfulness to conclude our current Sangha Night theme of the Five Spiritual Faculties.

Tuesday 22nd March we will rejoice in Ing, as we witness her becoming a mitra in a Sevenfold Puja, led by Nagasuri, visiting from Sydney to undertake Ing’s mitra ceremony, not to be missed.

Wednesday 23rd March will be the start of our Easter Retreat, Sailing The Worldly Winds (see separate email and webpage for more details).

Looking forward to sharing these activities and the Dharma with you as we move through the changing of the seasons.

Sailing the Worldly Winds


This is the theme of our five day residential retreat, happening over Easter, starting Wednesday evening, 23rd March 
and finishing Monday afternoon 28th March.

sailing_the_worldly_windsFive years on from its publication, the book by the same name continues to inspire and guide people from around the world in their practice of the Dharma. Described as a Buddhist way through the ups and downs of life, Vajragupta’s sharing of the Buddha’s teaching offers reflections, exercises and plentiful suggestions for living this life with a more balanced approach, how to develop a more even keel in the midst of life’s upheavals.

Join us on this retreat and not only learn how to sail and be a part of cultivating sangha, but also enjoy the wondrous bushland at Douglas Scrub, 37 hectares of native vegetation in the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula, only 45 minutes from town (near McLaren Vale).

Further details will be available later and you can ring Dharmamodini to discuss any aspects of the retreat, but for now, we are encouraging you to get these dates in your diary and start making necessary plans and arrangements so you can commit to coming along. It is only seven weeks away!

A Month of Mondays – Early Morning Meditation in the Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollowing on the positive response to this activity as part of our Urban Retreat last November, Adelaide Triratna is springing into this leap year and offering five early morning meditations in the park through the month of February.

Starting next Monday 1st Februaryjoin us  for a 7am meditation under the tree outside the Japanese Gardens ( on South Tce, between Pulteney and Hutt Sts). Bring your own meditation gear (cushions, stool, chair, shawls) and we will provide ground cover and mats.

This will continue each Monday in February, ie. 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, so mark this in your diary now and anticipate a peaceful and invigorating start to the weeks ahead.

Everyone welcome.

Any inquiries, phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785

An Evening with Vajrapani – Energy Unlimited!

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This is what we are in for at Sangha Night, next Tuesday 26th January to celebrate the first full moon of 2016.

We are continuing our theme of the Five Spiritual Faculties, focusing on virya, energy in pursuit of the good, blending into sraddha, faith.

Come along and listen to a wonderfully informative and inspiring talk by Vessantara and feel the energy arising minute by minute; then let your heart/mind soar in tune with your highest spiritual aspirations, rejoicing in the Three Jewels, as we share in a puja to Vajrapani, the embodiment of virya, unlimited!

Please Note: We will be starting promptly with the talk at 6.45pm, followed by a short break, then meditation before the puja.

All welcome and looking forward to seeing you there.

The Five Spiritual Faculties

The Five Spiritual Faculties are the theme for Sangha Nights when we gather once more at 96 Halifax St from 12th January.

Sangharakshita, the founder of Triratna, encourages us to approach Buddhism as a whole, that is in a balanced manner and with the whole of our being. As he has said ‘There are many sides to human nature, emotional, intellectual, introvert, extravert and so on and these are represented in Buddhism by the five spiritual faculties. These are faith, energy, mindfulness, meditation and wisdom and these need to be balanced if we are to make progress in the spiritual life.

Join us on Tuesday nights from 6.45pm for meditation and stay on for a cuppa and the introduction to this theme and small group discussion. We conclude the evening by 9.15pm. All welcome.

Please Note: There is no Drop-In meditation in the month of January; this will resume on Tuesday 2nd February.

Life with Full Attention course happening again in 2016!

Monday nights, 7pm – 9.15pm
1st February – 21st March
96 Halifax St, Adelaide

unnamedThis practical course in Mindfulness will be our first course in the new year. The focus this course is how to put mindfulness into practice in the actual conditions of our day-to-day life, in such a way that it makes a difference to how you experience daily living.

The course teaches you how to pay closer attention to your experience, by introducing and exploring different aspects of mindfulness, including awareness of the body, feelings, thoughts and the environment.

Life with Full Attention provides both a starting point for anyone new to the practice of mindfulness, as well as a valuable refresher for those with some prior experience.

Cost of $200 for the eight weeks includes your own copy of the book.

Booking is essential and places are limited.

Contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785 with any queries or to reserve a place.

“The course provided some useful and practical techniques for dealing with anxiety, expectations and judgements; and practical ways to work with overcoming negativity and generating positive states of mind.”

 ”Maitreyabandhu’s book is humbly honest, poignant and practical – it has inspired and motivated me to learn more.”

Our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat, 27 Dec – 3rd Jan

The Heart’s Release: Embracing the brahma-viharas

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The four brahma-viharas, or sublime abodes, are metta, karuna, mudita and upeksa, that is, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. Together with sraddha, faith, these words convey the key positive emotions in the Buddhist tradition and their development is crucial to the unfolding of a balanced spiritual life.

Join us on this seven day residential retreat to go deeper in your meditation practice and discover the beauty that lies within, the beauty that transforms self and world.

As usual, the retreat will start with dinner on the Sunday evening (arrival time from 4pm), and conclude after lunch the following Sunday, (around 3pm).

Our location is Glenbarr, on the outskirts of Strathalbyn in the Adelaide Hills, one hour’s drive from the city.
 
Contact Dharmamodini now (0439 839 785) if you are considering coming along and to book a place.
 
Donation to cover costs $350

Spiritual Friendship

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Sangha Night theme  for the month of December

Next Tuesday 1st December will see Akashamani launch our new theme on Tuesday nights
 through to the end of this year. Come along and listen to our Dharma sister share her experiences of spiritual friendship within Triratna for nearly 25 years!

The following three Tuesdays (8th, 15th, 22nd) other people in Adelaide Triratna will share their experiences of friendship within the sangha.

December will also see our End-of-Year Gathering taking place on Sunday 13th December, from 12 noon.
 
This year it will be at Verity’s home in the city, as we are combining this annual event with our fare-welling of Verity on her overseas adventures, her own personal going forth into the unknown. Bring vegan/vegetarian food to share lunch and a relaxing afternoon with friends in the Dharma.
Everyone welcome.