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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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Venerable Thubten Chokyi at HBC 5-7 Jul 2019

Venerable Thubten Chokyi at HBC Friday 5th July – Sunday 7th July 2019

Venerable Thubten Chokyi, a western nun, has been teaching and leading meditation and retreats since her ordination with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. Chokyi is the senior resident teacher at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland where she teaches introductory programs such as Discovering Buddhism and assists Geshe Tsultrim on his weekend teachings. Chokyi is Director of Liberation Prison Project internationally and a member of Sunshine Coast Interfaith Network and the Women’s Interfaith Network in Sydney. Chokyi previously served as Spiritual Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute in Sydney for ten years. Chokyi recently led the three month Vajrasattva retreat at Chenrezig Institute, the first time this retreat has been offered in Australia since the early 1970s.

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

  • TEACHING and WORKSHOP: Death and Rebirth
    (One Night Teaching and One-Day Workshop)
    7.30pm Fri 5th July and 9:30am-2:30pm Sat 6th July
    Book online or at the door.
  • MEDITATION: 10am Sunday 7th July
    No booking required.
    By donation
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Holy Day – Saka Dawa – 17 Jun 2019

Saka Dawa is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, commemorating Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing into parinirvana. Any actions done during Saka Dawa, both auspicious and harmful, are multiplied in their power. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.

Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Saka Dawa on Mon 17 June 2019:

  • 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
  • 1pm Purification and 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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Statue Consecration on 11 May 2019

Statue Consecration

Sat 11 May 1pm

Geshe Sonam will be consecrating statues and has made it a condition that those who would like their statue consecrated, participate and help in filling up the statue. If you are unable to attend, please ask someone who can on your behalf. There is great merit involved in ‘creating’ the holy body of the Buddha.

A puja will be performed at the end when the statues are filled. At this time thangkas and malas can also be blessed.

Duration: 4-5 hours depending on the number of statues plus Puja to bless statues

Cost for material is based on height of statue: $15 (15cm), $20 (20cm), $25 (25cm), For other sizes please email SPC

Statue Identification: Write your name on a small sticker/ tab attached to a string and tie onto the statue

RSVP: *Sunday 5 May, if definitely attending email spc@hayagriva.org.au

Leave your statue at HBC: from Thu 9 May onwards

*If there are many statues to be filled, another session will be scheduled

View images of Statue Consecration 2018

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Geshe Tenzin Zopa at HBC 28-30 Mar 2019

Thursday 28th March – Saturday 30th March 2019

English-speaking Geshe Zopa studied at the Tibetan Monasteries of Kopan and Sera in Nepal and India respectively after being ordained at 12. He is a visiting teacher at FPMT Buddhist Centres, understands the complexities of living in the West, and offers advice and teachings to help solve modern issues. He was recently awarded the World Peace Congress Prize in India. Geshe Zopa lived in Perth for a few years guiding the spiritual development of Phuntsok Rinpoche, a reincarnation of his teacher, a famed and accomplished meditator, Geshe Lama Konchog. The film “Unmistaken Child” documents his 5-year search for his teacher.

Come and listen to an authentic and enthusiastic teacher in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Holy Day of Miracles – Chötrul Düchen – Tue 19 Feb 2019

The Fifteen Days of Miracles — from the first day of the Tibetan new year (Losar, February 5) until the fifteenth (February 19) — commemorate the special time when Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed miraculous powers in order to subdue six Tirthika, or non-Buddhist teachers, who lacked faith in him, and to inspire more faith in his followers. It culminates on the full moon, the fifteenth day of the lunar calendar, which is the actual day of Chötrul Düchen.

The Fifteen Days of Miracles are also a time for pilgrimage and intensive Dharma practice. During this period, many Tibetan monasteries, including Kopan Monastery in Nepal, hold a Great Prayer Festival — Monlam Chenmo — for several days or even weeks during which the Sangha recite prayers from morning until evening.

This year, Losar falls on February 5. The Fifteen Days of Miracles continue through Chötrul Düchen on February 19.

All fifteen days are merit multiplying days, when the merit of virtuous actions performed, is multiplied by 100 million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Chötrul Düchen on Tue 19 Feb 2019:

  • 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
  • 12noon Set up tables and bowls and purification of bowls
  • 1pm Filling of extensive 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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Fundraiser & Farewell Dinner with Ven Tsapel 10 Feb 2019

6pm Sunday 10 Feb 2019
Southern Star Restaurant
1/132 Terrace Rd
East Perth

Cost: $30 per person for a vegetarian meal

The funds raised by this event will go towards the building of Machig Labdron, a new nunnery in Bendigo Victoria. Read more about this project here.

 

Make your bookings for the dinner by 2pm Friday 8 Feb as follows:

  • In person at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre (10am to 2pm) or
  • Call the centre on 9367 4817 or
  • Call Marlene on 0419 278 184

Free street parking is available on weekends.

The event will also be used to draw the winner of a fundraiser raffle for a set of bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones. More details on the raffle.

Click here for directions to the restaurant.

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Support for New Nunnery in Bendigo Victoria

Let’s Get Behind the New Nunnery

The new nunnery outside Bendigo in Victoria is starting to move. Machig Labdron Nun’s Community will share a site with the Great Stupa for Universal Compassion, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery and Atisha Centre so will be part of a Buddhist oasis in Australia.

It will provide nuns with a conducive environment to live in their vows and to dedicate their lives to the study of the dharma, practice and retreat. It provides a precious opportunity in today’s world of increasing self-obsession and distraction.

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said: “The more you live in pure ordination, the less negative karma you create. By renouncing life as a householder and living as Sangha, not only do you create less negative karma, but you also cut down a lot on external work and other activities. This leaves you much more time for meditation and study; you have fewer distractions. Thus, there are many advantages to being ordained: more time to study and meditate, more time to develop your mind.”

Buddhism exists more than 2,500 years after the Buddha passed away because of the education provided by monasteries and nunneries over the centuries. Similarly, these institutions are vital to preserving Buddhism in Australia.

A site for the nunnery has been chosen on the 89-hectare (220-acre) site where the Buddhist projects are located about 15 minutes’ drive from Bendigo. It will be on a cleared area which will reduce the need to cut down trees or disturb native vegetation.

The proposed nunnery will have accommodation for up to 16 nuns as well as a gompa and communal facilities. It will be a passive house design aiming for low energy consumption and high comfort. The site slopes to the north and the plan is to have a lower floor cut into the earth on three sides with a northerly aspect.

A revised master plan for the whole site will be re-submitted to the Bendigo City Council to comply with new regulations, passed after the master plan was first submitted, for stricter fire safety ratings and greater preservation of indigenous vegetation.

Once that has been approved detailed plans will be drawn up with a local sustainable architect. Project Manager, Ven Tenzin Tsapel, says the project has seed funding and as plans consolidate a detailed fund-raising campaign will be launched to inform interested parties and gain the support to complete the project.

She said it was auspicious that Rinpoche made a generous donation and offered the nunnery the large White Tara statue offered to him during the Long Life Puja at the retreat in Bendigo in 2018.

For more information contact Ven Tsapel at tenzintsapel@gmail.com

Donations can be made at here

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Raffle Away the Noise and Help a Nunnery

These JBL Duet NC over-the-ear headphones are noise cancelling, Bluetooth, wireless, worth $349 rrp and get great reviews. They could be yours in our raffle to raise money for the Machig Labdron nunnery in Bendigo that Ven Tsapel is establishing.

Tickets are

  • $5 each
  • 3 for $10
  • 7 for $20

You can buy your tickets in person or contact our Centre by phone on 9367 4817 with your credit card. Your name will be recorded at the Centre and the raffle drawn by Ven Tsapel at her farewell dinner on Sunday 10 February. The dinner is also to raise funds for the nunnery (details of venue to be advised on the HBC website).

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Venerable Tenzin Tsapel – 25 Jan – 10 Feb 2019

Ven Tenzin Tsapel 25 Jan-10 Feb 2019 - Full Details + Book & PayVenerable Tenzin Tsapel was inspired to become a Buddhist after she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa in 1979. She was ordained five years later by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Tsapel served as a resident teacher at FPMT Centres in Sydney, New Zealand and in Mongolia. She also taught and/or tutored at the Chenrezig Nuns Community in QLD for seven years. Venerable Tsapel has led many group retreats and completed a number of solitary retreats including a two-year calm abiding (mindfulness) retreat on Kangaroo Island after attending a group retreat led by Alan Wallace. Currently, she is establishing a nunnery in Bendigo, Victoria.

We invite you to attend her teachings and/or workshops between 25 January and 10 February 2019 and encourage you to book and pay online in advance so we can manage seating arrangements.

View Full Details of Venerable Tsapel’s Program and Book & Pay Online

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