Sunday Afternoon Teachings

SUNDAYLetter to a King
with Geshe Sonam
2.30pm every Sunday

This text by the great Indian master, Nagarjuna, is as relevant today as when he sent it as a letter of advice to his friend, a King, 2,000 years ago. The King was healthy, wealthy and very busy yet profoundly dissatisfied. The letter, a summary of the Mahayana Buddhist path, sets out the reasons for this unhappiness and how to conquer it.
By donation.

Tuesday Evening Teachings


  • Heart Sutra
    with Geshe Sonam
    7.30pm Tuesdays 4, 11 July. Thursday 20 July

    The Heart Sutra consists of only 500 words but those words could change the way you view yourself and the world. The Sutra is a concise explanation of the Buddhist concept of emptiness or dependent arising. It’s very difficult to understand emptiness from texts which makes an oral presentation so important.
    By donation.

  • Lam Rim
    with Geshe Sonam
    Starts 7.30pm Tuesday 25 July to middle 2018

    “The most unbelievably important thing in our life is Lam Rim. This is the most important. More important than a job, money, or anything else in our life.” Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the FPMT.

    The Lam Rim is a summary of the entire Buddhist path designed for people who don’t have the time to study the extensive Buddhist texts but want to take the essence from them.
    By donation.

About Tuesday Evening Teachings

The Tuesday night teachings can be attended on

  • a 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 Susan 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