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Tantric Orchestra Practice every Friday 7pm

Weekly Tantric Orchestra Practice

Every Friday at 7pm

First Session: Friday 6 Aug 2021

Every Friday evening there will be a practice session of Tibetan musical instruments whilst focussing on aspects of the Guru Padmasambhava Puja.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. Everyone is 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.

Tantric Orchestra

The puja itself is lively as besides the usual chanting, there are episodes where conches, cymbals, horns, bells and drums beat out a strong rhythm to build good energy in participants while also creating merit. The devotional aspect can lead our minds into deep concentration and joy.

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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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Donations for Roof Repairs to Teacher’s House

Donations for Roof Repairs to Teacher’s House

Help sponsor a safe roof for our teacher’s house (and create the karma to have a resident teacher)

We need to raise $23,000 to replace the dangerously rusting roof on our teacher’s residence at 62 Banksia Tce.

Click here for more details and instructions on how to make a donation.

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Vajrasattva Purification Retreat @ HBC – 1 to 5pm 19 Jun 2021

Vajrasattva Purification Retreat @ HBC – 1 to 5pm 19 Jun 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.

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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The Four Immeasurables – Geshe Tenzin Zopa @ HBC Jun 2021

Teachings by Geshe Zopa (In Person) at HBC

The Four Immeasurables 1, 8, 15 and 22 Jun at 7.30pm
We are so grateful that English speaking Geshe Zopa has kindly agreed to take a short break from his retreat to give these teaching at Hayagriva.

The Four Immeasurables are so called as they are directed towards an immeasurable number of beings. These qualities help transform the way we look at ourselves and others by breaking down the barriers we create in our interactions.

  • Equanimity involves freedom from strong reactions (positive or negative) to others and events.
  • Love involves wanting others (even those who annoy you) to have happiness.
  • Compassion is the wish everyone be free from pain and its causes.
  • Joy is taking delight in the happiness of others.

Suitable for new or experienced students
By donation

Join us on YouTube

All sessions with Geshe Zopa are being “live streamed” and recorded on HBC’s YouTube Channel.

Click here to view recordings of past sessions or to join our “live stream” video as it takes place.

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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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