Teachings

Sunday Afternoon Teachings

SUNDAYA Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
with Geshe Sonam
2.00pm every Sunday

This brief but profound text, A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, by the great Indian pandit and yogi, Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana (982–1054) extracts the essence of all 84,000 teachings of the Buddha and sets them out in clear steps, known as the lam-rim, or “stages of the path to enlightenment”.

By donation.

Tuesday Evening Teachings

TUESDAYEngaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds
with Geshe Sonam
7.30pm every Tuesday until April 2019
(ad hoc attendance or as part of Basic Program – see details below)
The Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds covers the Six Perfections for the Bodhisattva warrior who wishes to achieve enlightenment. The emphasis is on these 6 qualities that benefits others with altruistic intent.

These ten chapters of Shantideva’s text are a commentary explaining the meaning of the often-recited dedication prayer for bodhicitta attributed to Nagarjuna:

May the precious bodhi mind
Not yet born arise and grow,
May that born have no decline,
But increase forever more.

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About Tuesday Evening Teachings

The Tuesday night teachings can be attended on

  • ad hoc (casual) basis or
  • as part of a five-year long Basic Program to help students more deeply understand and integrate the teachings into their daily life.

The teachings have adapted the FPMT International’s Basic Program to local conditions. It is a practice-orientated, up to 12-subject course for students who want to proceed beyond foundation level study. It consists of lectures by Geshe Sonam. If committing to the Basic Program, there are discussion groups, homework and tests to help students gain an in-depth understanding of the dharma.

There are five requirements if students are to commit to the Basic Program:

  1. Do weekly homework.
  2. Attend the weekly class, and or listen to the recording of the teaching.
  3. Take the test at the end of the subject.
  4. Attend a three-month Lam Rim retreat.
  5. Attend a weekly one-hour discussion group on each class.

To find out more or to commit to the Basic Program, please email our Spiritual Program Co-ordinator at spc@hayagriva.org.au.

Read the views of some of our students of the Basic Program

Why attend Teachings?

Spiritual development does not come from just reading books on Buddhism and meditation. It is essential to receive teachings from a qualified teacher whose pure lineage can be traced back to the Buddha. In that respect we are fortunate to have Geshe Ngawang Sonam as our resident teacher. Ordained as a monk at the age of 10, he was awarded the title of Geshe after 22 years of study at Sera Jey Monastery in southern India. This study included all the major texts in the Gelugpa tradition. Read the full biography of Geshe Ngawang Sonam