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Venerable Thubten Chokyi – Visiting HBC in Jan/Feb 2020

VENERABLE THUBTEN CHOKYI – VISITING IN JAN & FEB 2020

at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre 30 Jan – 9 Feb 2020

Ven Thubten Chokyi has been ordained for 13 years during which time her practical, down-to-earth style of teaching has benefited many students. Ven Chokyi will lead meditations on Thu (evening), Sun (morning) and Tue (morning) as well as give teachings and workshops as follows:

  • Thursday Meditation
    Thursday 30 Jan 7pm Guided meditation
    By donation. No booking required.
  • Preparing for Death
    Friday 31 Jan: Teaching 7.30pm and
    Saturday 1 Feb: Workshop 10am – 3.30pm
    Book online using the link below or pay at the door.
    Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at lunch on Sat
  • Sunday Meditation
    Sunday 2 Feb 10am Guided meditation
    By donation. No booking required.
  • Connecting with a Spiritual Teacher
    Teaching over two Sundays 2 and 9 Feb 2pm
    Book online using the link below or pay at the door.
  • Tuesday Meditation
    Tuesday 4 Feb 10am Guided meditation
    By donation. No booking required.
  • Developing Mental Stillness
    Tuesday 4 Feb 7.30pm Teaching
    By donation. No booking required.
  • 8 Verses to Change Your Life
    Friday 7 Feb: Teaching 7.30pm and
    Saturday 8 Feb: Workshop 10am – 4pm
    Book online using the link below or pay at the door.
    Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at lunch on Sat

 

View Full Details of Venerable Chokyi’s programme and Make your Online Booking

Bookings can also be made in person from 6 Jan 2020 onwards, when our office reopens.

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Venerable Thubten Dondrub – Visiting HBC in Jan 2020

VENERABLE THUBTEN DONDRUB – VISITING IN JANUARY 2020

at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre 16 – 28 Jan 2020

Our beloved former teacher Ven Dondrub, will lead meditations on Thu (evening), Sun (morning) and Tue (morning) as well as give teachings and workshops as follows:

  • Thursday Meditation
    Thursday 16 Jan 7pm Guided meditation
    By donation. No booking required.
  • Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation
    Friday 17 Jan: Teaching 7.30pm and
    Saturday 18 Jan: Workshop 10am – 4pm
    Book online using the link below or pay at the door.
    Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at lunch on Sat
  • Sunday Meditation
    Sunday 19 Jan 10am Guided meditation
    By donation. No booking required.
  • Renunciation and Refuge
    Sunday 19 Jan 2pm Teaching
    By donation. No booking required.
  • Tuesday Meditation
    Tuesday 21 Jan 10am Guided meditation
    By donation. No booking required.
  • Emptiness: Dissolving the Ego
    Teaching over two Tuesdays 21 Jan and 28 Jan 7.30pm
    Book online using the link below or pay at the door.
  • Karma – Cause & Effect
    Friday 24 Jan: Teaching 7.30pm and
    Saturday 25 Jan: Workshop 10am – 4pm
    Book online using the link below or pay at the door.
    Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at lunch on Sat

 

View Full Details of Venerable Dondrub’s programme and Make your Online Booking

Bookings can also be made in person from 6 Jan 2020 onwards, when our office reopens.

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Celebrations for 600th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa Parinirvana

Sat 21 Dec 2019 Lama Tsongkhapa Day

600th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Parinirvana (Death)

Lama Tsongkhapa Day, or Ganden Ngamchoe, is a celebration of the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana. Lama Tsong Khapa started our Ganden school of Tibetan Buddhism. Our centre follows the Ganden Tradition.

What relevance can the teachings of a yogi, scholar and saint who died in Tibet 600 years ago have in your life today? Plenty, according to Buddhism. Lama Tsongkhapa’s clear and precise teachings are said to be particularly effective for the minds of the people of today in an age of the five degenerations.

Click here to read “Why Lama Tsongkhapa is Relevant to You” written by our own senior student, Owen Cole

Special Blessings as part of our celebrations. Come and be blessed by water from the holy Mount Kailash and the sacred Lake Manasarovar, as well as a tsa tsa made with remnants of Je Rinpoche’s original tsa tsas. Circumambulate the gompa as we will have stones from Mt Kailash, Lake Manasarovar and the cave area where Lama Tsongkhapa saw Yamantaka.

Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Lama Tsongkhapa Day on Sat 21 Dec 2019:

  • 12noon Purifying and filling of extensive water bowls
    Please help us with this most meritorious effort
  • 2pm Special Practices with extensive water-bowl and light offerings as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Come and fill our gompa with your presence on this auspicious Lama Tsongkhapa Day with Special Practices and extensive light offerings to commemorate this amazing life that has shaped Tibetan Buddhism. The session will include a tea break in between.

Offering of food, flowers are welcome for the Special Practices. Please note that offerings of non-perishable items (not past their expiry date) will be given to the Foodbank. (The Foodbank provides food to those in need and say that Christmas is ‘our busiest time of year and your donations can help spread some much needed cheer to West Aussies who are doing it tough’. The most wanted food items are – UHT Custard – Christmas puddings – Spreads (jam/vegemite/honey) – Tea – Coffee – Canned fish – Canned fruit – Canned vegetables, but all non-perishable items not past their expiry date are accepted.)

By Donation

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A big thank you for Sangha Fundraiser Lunch

Sangha Fundraiser on 8 Dec 2019 at HBC

Thank you to all (40 attendees) who attended the Sangha Fundraiser Lunch held on 8 Dec 2019 at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre.

This event was to build funds for the Australian FPMT Sangha Welfare Fund to help make our Sangha’s lives a little easier in maintaining their vows. It was also an opportunity to thank Geshela for all his work throughout 2019 and to wish him a good journey and holiday in India.

Special thanks to Sony Tang who generously catered for the event providing a yummy vegetarian cooked meal, desserts and coffee. Sony is about to launch a new eatery called “Veggie Bowl” in Hampden Rd Nedlands which is strictly vegetarian food. It will be open for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm) on weekdays (Monday to Friday). We wish him well in this new venture.

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Sangha Fundraiser & Going Away Lunch – 8 Dec 2019

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the Geshes and Sangha attending the retreat at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia, May 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab

Event: Fundraiser for the Sangha Fund and Going Away Lunch for Geshe Sonam
When: Sunday 8 Dec from 11.30am
Venue: HBC 64 Banksia Tce Kensington
Cost: $30 per person *
Food: by Sony Tang (owner of ‘Viet Nosh’ 43 Hampden Road Nedlands)

All proceeds go the Australian FPMT Sangha Fund

Online booking and payment can be made here or in person at HBC (Mon‑Sat 10am‑2pm).

* Advance bookings are essential to permit numbers to be determined for catering purposes. Thank you for your understanding.

This event is to build funds for the Australian FPMT Sangha Welfare Fund. It is to help make our Sangha’s lives a little easier in maintaining their vows. We need to constantly improve the support lay people offer to monastics; this is the beginning of our Australian initiative.

This lunch is also our way of thanking and wishing Geshela a good journey and holiday in India.

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Holy Day – Lha Bab Düchen – Tue 19 Nov 2019

Lha Bab Düchen this year takes place on 19 November 2019. It marks the day when Shakyamuni Buddha descended from the Heaven of the Thirty-three after giving teachings to his mother who had been reborn there. On this auspicious day, all virtue created is multiplied 100 million times as stated in the Vinaya text “Treasure of Quotations and Logic“. Join us in celebrating this day with auspicious and merit making activities.

Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Lha Bab Düchen on Tue 19 Nov 2019:

  • 6.00am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
  • 12.30pm Setting up tables and laying out water bowls
  • 1pm Filling of water bowls
  • 7.30pm Light Offering followed by a Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

Offering of food, flowers are welcome at the puja.

By Donation

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Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering – Sep 2019

General Talks

Fri 6 Sep: 6.30pm-8.00pm
Introduction to Mind Science

Knowing how the mind works can tame difficult emotions.

Sat 7 Sep: 3.00pm-4.30pm
Building Positive Relationships

The essence is the need to be caring and harmonious.

Cost: Each session $25 (Members $20)

Venue: Both sessions at
Hayagriva Buddhist Centre, 64 Banksia Tce, Kensington WA

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Holy Day – Chökhor Düchen – 4 Aug 2019

Chökhor Düchen, one of the four annual holy days, takes place this year on August 4. On these holy days, the power of any meritorious action is multiplied by 100 million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. Specific advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for practices to do on merit multiplying days such as Chökhor Düchen can be found here.

Known in English as “Turning the Wheel of Dharma,” Chökhor Düchen commemorates the anniversary of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching. It is said that for seven weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. Afterward, Indra and Brahma offered a Dharmachakra and a conch shell and requested Guru Shakyamuni Buddha to teach. Accepting, Guru Shakyamuni Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time at Sarnath by teaching “The Four Noble Truths”.

If you decide to recite the Sutra of Golden Light on this special day, you might like to report your recitations using the reporting facility on FPMT.org.

Chökhor Düchen is also the day on which FPMT celebrates International Sangha Day. International Sangha Day provides an opportunity for the lay and monastic communities to come together in recognition of their interdependence and acknowledge the ways in which they rely on each other for the practice of Dharma.

To read more on Chökhor Düchen and International Sangha Day click here

Program of Events at HBC on Sat 3 and Sun 4 August

Sat 3 Aug 2pm
In order not to disrupt the centre’s normal program, we are setting up the tables and offering bowls on Saturday, the eve of the Holy Day, as is the practice of some of the great monasteries. This will include purification of water bowls as well as filling them. On Sunday at 1pm, before normal teachings begin, we will top up the bowls with extra drops of water and add flowers. Please come and help us in an afternoon of merit making.

Sun 4 Aug

  • 6.30am Precepts with Geshela
  • 4pm Light Offering followed by Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
  • Offering of food, flowers are welcome at the puja. Tea lights will be available by donation at HBC for the light offering.

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Tuesday Night Teaching: New Topic Starts on 2 July 2019

Tuesday Night Teaching: New Topic Starts on 2 July 2019
Mind and Cognition (Lorig)
Lorig is the study of Mind, its Factors and Functionality. This teaching is part of the Basic Program and consists of:

  • Awarenesses and Knowers (part 1)
    Focused primarily on the study of knowledge, what are valid ways of knowing and what are invalid
  • Minds and Mental Factors (part 2)
    A more psychological study of mind, examining the mind in terms of its wholesome and unwholesome aspects, etc.

Why study minds and mental factors (lorig)?
It is because the mental factors are primarily responsible for all our experiences. When the mind is under the influence of unwholesome mental factors, such as attachment and anger, one is led into actions that end in frustration and suffering. But whenever the mind is dominated by wholesome factors, such as compassion and patience, then any ensuing physical and vocal activity will only result in happiness and well-being.

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Venerable Lhundup Jamyang at HBC 17-20 Jul 2019

Venerable Lhundup Jamyang at HBC
Wednesday 17th July – Saturday 20th July 2019

Venerable Jamyang, a western nun, was born in the Netherlands but has lived in Australia for many years. Jamyang attended a ten-day introductory Buddhist course at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharmasala, India, in 1997 and took ordination in 2000. She completed the five-year FPMT Basic Program at Chenrezig Institute in Australia and the six-year Masters Program of Advanced Buddhist Philosophical Studies at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy in 2017. She has taught at several Australian Buddhist Centres.

Venerable Jamyang’s program of teaching and meditation at HBC is as follows:

  • TEACHINGS: The Eight Worldly Dharmas (over 2 nights)
    7.30pm Wednesday 17th July and Friday 19th July
    Book online or at the door.
  • ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: Why do we study Buddhist Tenets
    10am-3.30pm Saturday 20th July
    Book online or at the door.
  • MEDITATION: 7pm Thursday 18th July
    No booking required.
    By donation
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