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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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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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