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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Venerable Thubten Dondrub 8-20 Jan 2019

Ven Thubten Dondrub 8-20 Jan 2019 - Full Details + Book & PayVenerable Thubten Dondrub is a much loved and former teacher at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre. Ordained as a monk in 1977, he has been teaching Buddhism around the world since the 1980s. He led the famous Kopan course 8 times. He has studied many of the great texts, taken numerous teachings from Buddhist masters and completed many retreats including a recent 17-month solitary retreat. Venerable Dondrub understands modern Australia and puts Buddhist ideas into that context.

We invite you to attend his teachings and/or workshops between 8 and 20 January 2019 and encourage you to book and pay online in advance so we can manage seating arrangements.

View Full Details of Ven Dondrub’s Program and Book & Pay Online

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Lama Tsong Khapa Day – Sun 2 Dec 2018

Lama Tsong Khapa was a highly realised 14th century meditator, scholar, and saint who founded our Gelugpa school of Buddhism. His teachings are said to be particularly powerful for the people of today.

Join us for the afternoon Guru Puja and extensive Light Offerings on Sun 2 Dec at 4pm in commemoration of this great practitioner.

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Holy Day – Lha Bab Düchen 31 Oct 2018

Lha Bab Düchen this year takes place on 31 October 2018. 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 Lha Bab Düchen on Wed 31 Oct 2018:

  • 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
  • 1pm 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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Serge’s Goodbye Message

Serge’s Goodbye Message

Dear dharma friends,

As some of you already know I have made the decision to go back to France with my family. As I explained to a few people, what I will miss the most when leaving is my Australian dharma family that I met at the Hayagriva Buddhist centre.

In the last four years, there were times when I felt homesick but the people at Hayagriva and the teachings from Geshela have always been of great support to myself and my family. As I explained to Geshela I haven’t yet the inner peace that will enable me to be happy anywhere I go but I’m working on it. Although I feel that my heart is in France, there will always be a part of me that remains at the Hayagriva Buddhist Centre.

These life changing events, be they good or bad are always a great opportunity to put the dharma teachings into practice to advance on the path. While living in France I will be near the Vajra Yogini FPMT centre and the Nalanda monastery in the south of France. As I meet new dharma friends and new teachers, I will try to carry on with the basic program at Hayagriva to maintain my connection with the centre and my teacher.

I wish the Hayagriva centre and its students all the best for the years to come. I wish you all to create the merits to fulfil all your aspirations for the benefit of all sentient beings.

I hope that we meet again in this life and if not, I’ll catch up with you on the path some other time.

Last but not least by any means, a big thank you to our teacher Geshe Sonam for his teachings and his inspiring qualities. We are very fortunate to have such a highly knowledgeable teacher available to us in Perth. Geshela, may you be able to remain in Perth and continue to guide all sentient beings towards happiness.

Bye for now dear friends and if you go to France come for a visit.

With lots of love and warm hugs.

Serge.

May the glorious gurus’ lives be long and stable.
May all beings equalling the extent of space have happiness.
May I and others without exception accumulate merit and purify negativities,
And may we be blessed to quickly attain Buddhahood.

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Audio Recordings of Venerable Robina Teachings – July 2018

Click here to listen to the audio recording of teachings by Venerable Robina at HBC during July 2018.

These recordings have also been added to our Resources page.

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Cultivating Emotional Balance Audio Recording

Click on the link below to access the audio recording of the first session of Cultivating Emotional Balance 2018. You will be prompted to enter a password to access this page since it is only accessible to persons who have booked and paid. You can still book and pay for a single session. If you have booked and paid and have not received the password, please contact Jude Milan at info@pemayoga.com.au.

Click here to access the Audio Recordings for Cultivating Emotional Balance 2018

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Geshe Tenzin Zopa teaching at HBC – 24-27 Aug 2018

Geshe Tenzin Zopa, who studied at the Tibetan Monasteries of Kopan (Nepal) and Sera (India) is a visiting teacher at FPMT Buddhist Centres around the world. English-speaking, he understands the complexities of living in the West offering advice to help solve modern issues.

Geshe Zopa recently lived in Perth for several years while guiding the development of Phuntsok Rinpoche, a reincarnation of his teacher, Geshe Lama Konchog, who was a famed and accomplished meditator. The film “Mistaken Child” documents his search for his teacher. Come and listen to his enthusiastic presentation of the dharma.

Use the link below to book and pay online to assure your place as we have limited capacity. Course fees cover the cost of bringing Geshe Zopa to Perth and support our Centre.

 

View details and book your seat to his sessions at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre

During his visit to WA Geshe Zopa will also teach in Bunbury at Hospice of Mother Tara

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