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Dharma Study and Discussion Group starts 30 Jan

Dharma Study and Discussion Group

Every Saturday at 10am – begins 30 Jan

Our first dharma study and discussion group begins on Sat 30th of Jan at 10am. This will be based on Geshe Zopa’s recent teachings on Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Each session: 1. Prayers and motivation (10 min), 2. Watch Geshe’s teaching together (60 min), 3. Tea break (15 min), 4. Group discussion on the teaching (45 min), and 5. Dedication (10min). To prepare yourself for the discussion, please download the text of ‘Wheel of Sharp Weapons’, and Geshela’s commentary on the ‘Wheel of Sharp Weapons’ called ‘Mirror to your Life’.

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Meditation 101 with Kirsti begins 16 Jan 2021

Meditation 101 with Kirsti begins 16 Jan 2021

Saturdays: 16, 23 & 30 January, 6 & 13 February
Time: 4-5pm

Modern mind sciences have extensively researched and embraced Buddhist mindfulness techniques, which are now widely accepted and promoted as effective tools for improving psychological health, well-being and quality of life.

Everyone is welcome to join this 5-week experiential introduction to meditation. Suitable for anyone with an interest in becoming more familiar with how it works. No belief in Buddhism is required.

Wear casual, loose, comfortable clothing. No need to bring anything. Tea and coffee available afterwards.

No course fee. Feel free to contribute any amount to the Centre’s donation box if you wish.

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New Year’s Eve Maitreya Buddha Puja 7.30pm 31 Dec 2020

New Year’s Eve Maitreya Buddha Puja 7.30pm 31 Dec 2020

Please come to this puja and create a karmic link with the future teaching Buddha whose strength is something we need more of today – loving kindness”.

Read about Maitreya Buddha here

End the year on a positive spiritual note in time to get to a New Year’s Eve party or join us at the Centre after the puja for tea and a snack.

Offering of food welcome

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End of Year Picnic Sun 6 Dec 2020 from 4pm

End of Year Picnic Sun 6 Dec 2020 from 4pm

HBC’s end of year Xmas picnic and meet and greet with new SPC David Thomas.

VENUE: McCallum Park entry via Taylor Street off Canning Highway Victoria Park.

TIME 4pm onwards

BYO snacks and drinks, chairs or blankets. The picnic will be close to the river with shady trees on right hand side near the car park. Plenty of angled parking on Taylor Street, kids playground and toilets nearby. Overflow parking on Garland St. Click on the map above to view enlarged map.

Pets welcome but please bring a lead. Just turn up and join us for this social gathering and we can farewell this crazy year. Sandy will be at the picnic site to meet and greet you all.

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Special Message from our Director John Waite

For some time now we have been thinking how we can bring teachings and energy into the Centre; it was a great loss to find ourselves without a teacher, particularly once the consequences of COVID-19 lockdowns were felt. Now it’s time to move forward making use of the opportunities we have.

• Sat 5 Dec from 8am – Working Bee

Let us begin by coming together in a Working Bee on Sat 5 Dec at 8am. There is much cleaning and tidying up to do; cobwebs to remove, windows and prayer wheels to wash etc.

• Sat 5 Dec 11.30am – Watch Live Webcast by His Holiness

Afterwards at 11.30am we can reward ourselves by watching a live webcast teaching by His Holiness.

• Thu 10 Dec 7.30pm – Guru Puja with Light Offering

On Thu 10 Dec at 7.30pm, we celebrate Lama Tsong Khapa’s gift to us through the clarity of his dharma with our normal format puja. Really this isn’t enough to thank him for the gifts he has left us.

• Sat 12 Dec – Village Celebration of the Dharma

Therefore on Saturday, the 12th December we will hold a festival of thanks; a “Village Celebration” of the dharma, particularly Lama Tsong Khapa’s influence. Starting in the morning we will have a prostrations session. See below for program of the day.

Geshe Zopa will join us in person for a talk on the significance of Lama Tsong Khapa’s life and teachings at 10am. We will have a shared meal after the teachings but unfortunately Geshela won’t be able to stay for lunch due to other commitments. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. In the spirit of a Village celebration we welcome children to come along.

After lunch, 1pm, we will have a series of readings and discussions around some of Lama Tsong Khapa’s shorter teachings and others’ written praises of Lama Tsong Khapa. These discussions will be led by John Waite.

Program for 12 December 2020

  • 8am: Prostrations led by Rob Milan.
  • 9am: Short break.
  • 9.20am: set up for teachings
  • 10am: Geshe Zopa teaching on the significance of Lama Tsong Khapa’s life and teachings.
  • 11.30: Teachings end lunch preparation/set up
  • 12 noon: Lunch
  • 1pm: Discussions led by John Waite

Advance registration is not required.

We still have some COVID-19 distancing considerations to manage, so help us by indicating your intentions and/or any ideas as we will have some flexibility to ensure a good response.

Teaching Videos planned for December and January

We are looking at introducing teaching videos followed by discussion groups aimed at different levels of experience. We aim to introduce the first program in December, with the program aimed at entry level coming in mid-January.

The intent of our programs is to have a serious outlook on study yet within a relaxed framework where people can enjoy interaction. We welcome people attending for whatever time they can commit to. These teaching videos will initially be from Lama Zopa making use of the extraordinary amount of quality material he has presented this year.

We will be encouraging people to come together for coffee, cake or a meal more regularly, this will be woven around the program, and building on our relationships.
The core to making this concept work is to have many people involved at a variety of levels; please don’t be bashful about stepping up to help.

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Holy Day – Lhabab Düchen – Sat 7 Nov 2020

Lhabab Düchen this year takes place on 7 November 2020. 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 Sat 7 Nov 2020:

  • 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.
  • 11.30am Join with others at HBC to watch the televised 3rd and final day of teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Commentary on Bodhicitta. Please register in advance by email to welcome@hayagriva.org.au making mention that this is for “HHDL’s Teaching”
  • 2pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja. Please register in advance by email to welcome@hayagriva.org.au making mention that this is for “Shakyamuni Buddha Puja”

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

By Donation

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The Dalai Lama – Global Vision Summit – Oct 22-27 2020

The Dalai Lama – Global Vision Summit – Oct 22-27 2020

Free Online Event
October 22 – 27, 2020
This six-day summit features a range of Buddhist teachers and experts and scientists.
To find out more and how to register for this free online event, click here.

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Geshe Zopa on The Six Perfections – No. 6 Wisdom

Geshe Zopa on The Six Perfections – No. 6 Wisdom posted 16 Sep 2020

* All FPMT Centres are welcome to use Geshe Zopa’s talks.

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Geshe Zopa on The Six Perfections – No. 4 Joyous Perseverance

Geshe Zopa on The Six Perfections – No. 4 Joyous Perseverance posted 18 Aug 2020

* All FPMT Centres are welcome to use Geshe Zopa’s talks.

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Geshe Zopa on The Six Perfections – No. 5 Concentration

Geshe Zopa on The Six Perfections – No. 5 Concentration posted 30 Jun 2020

* All FPMT Centres are welcome to use Geshe Zopa’s talks.

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