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Compassion & Wisdom in Action – Online Conference 15-20 Nov 2021

Compassion & Wisdom in Action

Online Conference 15-20 Nov 2021

Join a fantastic line-up of speakers online as they explore the potential for compassionate and wise action in all aspects of our lives, our relationships and the world around us. Click here for more information and to register to attend any of the sessions (using Zoom). The sessions are taking place on London time (GMT). Perth is 8 hours ahead of London. For convenience, the dates and times in the list of sessions below are adjusted to Perth time (AWST = Australia Western Standard Time).

  • 15 Nov 5pm-6.30pm AWST: Ven Lozang Tsultrim Kindness No Matter What
  • 16 Nov 12midn-1.30am AWST: Tenzin Ösel Hita Ösel – A Global Conversation
  • 16 Nov 5am-6am AWST: Laurie Doyle Self Compassion – one of the greatest gifts we can offer others
  • 16 Nov 6pm-7.30pm AWST: Marian O’Dwyer Living the Four Wisdom Themes
  • 16 Nov 9pm-10.30pm AWST: Mabel Odessey Kindful Communication
  • 17 Nov 2am-3.30am AWST: Ven Tenzin Chogkyi Deepening Our Aspirations Through Core Values
  • 17 Nov 5pm-6.30pm AWST: Paul Wielgus The Joy of Extinction
  • 17 Nov 9pm-10pm AWST: Kirsten DeLeo Present Through to End
  • 18 Nov 2am-3am AWST: Ven Robina Courtin Getting a Grip on Mind
  • 18 Nov 9pm-10.30pm AWST: Denise Flora Root Shoot Bloom
  • 19 Nov 2am-3.30am AWST: Dr Joey Weber Embracing Equanimity for Social Action
  • 19 Nov 5pm-6.30pm AWST: Bruno Rizzi Awareness of Death Finding Meaning in Life
  • 19 Nov 9pm-10.30pm AWST: Andy Wiestreich Serving the World
  • 19 Nov 11pm-12.30am AWST: Craig Mackie Compassion as the Motivation
  • 20 Nov 2am-3.30am AWST: Hilary McMichael Transforming Suffering
  • 20 Nov 6pm-7.30pm AWST: Marisa Femenia & Paloma Belda Devolver La Bondad (in Spanish)
  • 20 Nov 8pm-9pm AWST: Lama Zopa Rinpoche Closing Session – pre-recorded video
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Holy Day – Lhabab Düchen – Wed 27 Oct 2021

Lhabab Düchen this year takes place on 27 October 2021. 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 Lhabab Düchen on Wed 27 Oct 2021:

  • 5.30am Precepts at Home
    Eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others.
    Download the text for taking Precepts
    Note: Precepts are NOT taking place at HBC.
  • 7.30pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

Offerings of unopened packages of food only, flowers and donations are most welcome.

By Donation

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Ven Chokyi – One-Day Meditation Retreat – 20 Nov 2021

Wisdom and Compassion

One-Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday 20 Nov 9am-5pm

The bliss and clarity of the mind in all sentient beings is temporarily obscured. The degree to which we are obscured is the degree to which we suffer. Conversely as we become less obscured we become more naturally happy. The goal of practice is to reduce these obscurations – of which there are two: self grasping ignorance and selfish concern disregarding others. Tibetan Buddhism has come up with a range of practices to counter these. On this retreat day we will sample these techniques which include formal meditation, mantra practice and walking meditation so that natural happiness may start to arise.

There will be breaks between sessions with free tea and coffee.

Bring Your Own lunch

Facilitation fee: $20 per person

Places are limited – book now

Click here to BOOK ONLINE in advance

Note: Due to COVID-19, all registrations must be made online.

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Ven Chokyi – The Rising of Natural Happiness – 19 Nov 2021

The Rising of Natural Happiness

Friday Night Talk: 19 Nov 7pm-8pm

Join us as we officially welcome Venerable Chokyi in her first teaching event at HBC. All welcome.

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Our New Residential Teacher – Venerable Thubten Chokyi

Our New Residential Teacher – Venerable Thubten Chokyi

October 2021

After 49 colourful years working in theatre and academia, Venerable Thubten Chokyi became a Buddhist nun so she could devote the rest of her life to the service of others.

Read about Venerable Chokyi and why she became a nun in her own words which appeared on the SBS Website on 31 January 2017.

Official biography extracted from Chenrezig Institute website

Venerable Chokyi’s Arrival

Venerable will arrive at HBC on 19 October and will begin a 14 day self-quarantine. Accompanying her will be her protégé, a newly ordained nun. According to the rules of self quarantine, both will be able to go out in the garden to get fresh air. In view of this we respectfully request that people do not enter the property or try to knock on her door because then we will make it difficult for the two venerables to come out when it suits them. Immediately after the quarantine Venerable Chokyi and her protégé will travel to Bunbury to begin teaching there for two weeks and will return on Monday 15 Nov.

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Flower Offerings in the Park – 18 Sep 2-4pm

Flower Offerings in The Park

Sat 18 Sep 2-4pm

Venue: Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park by the fountain

To celebrate the glorious spring wildflowers we are organizing a special event with walking and meditation practices at Kings Park. We meet at the park by the fountain of the Pioneer Women’s Memorial at 2pm sharp. From there we move to our first meditation venue to look at the beautiful flowers and meditate on and transform them into extensive offerings to the Buddhas, all the time expanding our minds. Short sessions will be conducted as we shift from venue to venue. Geshe Zopa will guide us through the practice.

BYO mats, wear a hat, bring a water bottle, umbrella and don’t forget to slip, slap, slop on your sunscreen.

Click here for map to Kings Park Pioneer Women’s Memorial

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Tantric Orchestra Practice every Friday 7pm

Weekly Tantric Orchestra Practice CANCELLED

Every Friday at 7pm

First Session: Friday 6 Aug 2021

This event has been cancelled until further notice.

Every Friday evening there will be a practice session of Tibetan musical instruments comprising conches, cymbals, horns, bells and drums whilst focussing on aspects of the Guru Padmasambhava Puja. The strong rhythm generated by these instruments builds good energy in participants and also creates merit and the devotional aspect can lead our minds into deep concentration and joy.

The aim of these sessions is to develop proficiency in these instruments and form an orchestra to accompany the Guru Padmasambhava Puja, which will be organized for a later date when everyone is ready. All are welcome to learn how to use these musical instruments. No one here is an expert.

About Guru Padmasambhava Puja

We are introducing a Guru Padmasambhava Puja to the Centre’s program; this is a lively puja dedicated towards world peace, relief from pandemics, famine and obscurations to spiritual progress. Padmasambhava is recognised by all the Tibetan schools so we are aiming eventually to see if we can use this as a bridge between all the Tibetan centres in Perth. This is also a chance to experiment with multi-faith participation; the universal, current, and topical nature of the prayers will make this attractive.

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“Monthly” Vajrasattva Purification Retreat @ HBC – 1 to 5pm

Monthly Vajrasattva Purification Retreat @ HBC – 1 to 5pm

First Session: Saturday 31 Jul 2021

The Vajrasattva mantra is a powerful practice to purify negative karma and a quick way to transform your mind. It is a kind of detox of the mind.

By popular demand, this session will be held monthly on the “last Saturday” of each month. The first of these monthly sessions will be 1-5pm on 31 July 2021.

FPMT’s founder, Lama Yeshe (1935 – 84) said: “the Vajrasattva practice can purify all negative energy; there is no negativity that Vajrasattva meditation cannot purify.”

There will be a short explanation of the practice followed by several sessions led by Owen Cole. Owen has done a three-month Vajrasattva and other retreats.

No initiation is necessary though an understanding of Buddhist principles and karma is useful.

All welcome.

By donation

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Chökhor Düchen – 1st Turning of the Wheel – 14 Jul 2021

Chökhor Düchen
1st Turning of the Wheel
14 Jul 2021

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. Afterwards, 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.

This is a merit multiplying day.

Read advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for practices to do on merit multiplying days.

Events on 14 July 2021:

  • 6.30am Precepts* to be done at Home
    Download the text for The Eight Mahayana Precepts
    *It is very good to take precepts on this day
  • 11.30am Perth Time: Livestream teaching by His Holiness
    This is the second day of teaching by His Holiness on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment.
    Please note that the first day of teaching is 13 July (the day before Chökhor Düchen)
    Watch either on His Holiness’ Livestream Webpage or on His Holiness’ Facebook page.
  • 7.30pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja at HBC

International Sangha Day

Chökhor Düchen is also the FPMT’s International Sangha Day when we pause, remember, and maybe make offerings to our monks and nuns.

Our Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said the Sangha are the real heroes because they are defeating the delusions.

Read more about monks and nuns in FPMT.

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86th Birthday Celebration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dedication Prayers to celebrate
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
86th Birthday
Tue 6 July, 7pm

This event is to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 86th birthday.

Due to COVID restrictions, the maximum number of persons who may attend is 35. This limit excludes our volunteers and umze. We will apply the limit on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please accept our apology if we reach our maximum.

Did you know that we are broadcasting this event online? You can join our livestream on YouTube or on Zoom using the links below. There is no limit to the number of online attendees.

If you are joining us online, you can access the text here

For Zoom use the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/96236354172?pwd=ZFNydGd5SFc3Nmc5OTRtNUdiV0xhZz09

or

Meeting ID: 962 3635 4172 and Passcode: 658172

Admission from 6.45pm for 7pm start

For YouTube Livestream use this link: https://youtu.be/ghs1rOXCGE8

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