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Welcome to the HBC Blog. It contains a list of events at HBC in reverse chronological order (most recent first)

Note: Some of the older posts contain student notes and are personal views of senior students.

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Comtemplative Art Workshop – June 2017

What is Contemplative Art?

  • Contemplative Art is about connecting inner calm and self-awareness with the creative process. We can achieve better emotional balance by giving artistic expression to how we feel and where we are at without censorship or judgement.

What will you learn?

  • In this workshop you will make a close connection and observation of our own
    consciousness, motivations and emotional states and translate them into artistic expression.
  • To create visual art without being lost in thoughts and concepts.
  • To give honest expression to our afflictive emotions in a creative way.
  • To cultivate relaxation, stability and clarity.

Who should participate?

  • It is suitable for all ages, no previous experience in visual art is required.
  • This is not about artistic talent, it is about observing and letting go of expectations.
  • We aim simply to use visual art expression to contemplate our own mind.

Alma Ayon (B.A. Architecture; B.A. Fine Arts; M.A. Psychology)
is an artist and contemplative who comes from Mexico. She is also a certified Cultivating Emotional Balance teacher. She has numerous years of teaching experience in leading meditation and contemplative art. Alma is the creator of the artwork featured on The Contemplary website http://thecontemplary.org You can also view a selection of Alma’s work on http://alma-ayon.com

To make a booking contact
Poh Choo Tan
0407 684 704
jeans6698@yahoo.com

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Saka Dawa – Holy Day 9 June 2017

Extensive Light Offerings

Saka Dawa
Friday 9 June 2017

Saka Dawa is the most significant holy day in the Buddhist calendar marking the day of the Buddha’s conception, enlightenment and passing into paranirvana.
Read more about why this day is special

  • 6:30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
  • 2:00pm Sutra Recitation in English (great merit, drop in at any time)
  • 2:00pm Set up extensive water bowls and light offerings
  • 7:00pm Light offerings and Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

By donation. Offering of food, flowers welcome.

We will be collecting packaged and dry foods offered at and prior to the puja and donating them to the local charity, Food Bank, which will distribute it to those in need. Please place your donations that are suitable for this purpose in the marked box at the Centre.

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Consecration and Filling Statues May 2017

  • From 10.30am 5 May to 10am 12 May: Deliver your statues to HBC
  • 10am on 12 May and 11am on 13 May: Preparation of material and filling of statues. Helpers needed.
  • 1pm on 20 May: Consecration of statues – All welcome
  • Read Full Details on Preparations and Consecration of Statues
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    Gardening Bee for Council Verge Pickup 9.30am Sat 22 April

    Gardening Bee for Council Verge Pickup
    9.30am Sat 22 April

    Let’s take advantage of the South Perth City Council’s collection of up to 3 M3 of green cuttings per premise. Great opportunity to clean up and tame the vegetation at our Centre and Geshela’s house. Your help is needed. Bring your gloves, sun hat and cutting implements.

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    Coping with Pain – WOL Workshop 2pm 8 Apr 2017

    Wheel of Life Workshop – Coping with Pain
    2pm 8 April 2017

    Pain is a word that means a lot of things. Physical pain, grief, loss, fear, separation, dependence are all very painful … and in the end there is not a lot about dying that doesn’t involve suffering. This session aims to explore the subject in more depth and how our anxiety deepens and prolongs our suffering. It includes a look at the drugs that reduce pain and their side effects. Bring your stories and your questions and leave feeling a little more hopeful
    By donation
    All welcome

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    FPMT International’s Basic Program – Starts on 28 Mar 2017

    A new five-year long program to help students more deeply understand and integrate the teachings into their daily life will start at the end of the month when we adapt 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, a discussion group, homework and tests to help students gain an in-depth understanding of the dharma. The first subject over 12 weeks will be the famous text on karma, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons.
    If students are to commit to the five-year program, there are four requirements:

    1. They are required to 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 the three-month Lam Rim retreat.

    They are also expected to attend a weekly one-hour discussion group on each class.
    Please reply to Susan di Bona at spc@hayagriva.org.au by Sun 26 March if you wish to commit to the five-year course.
    Attendance at Basic Program is by donation.

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    White Dzambhala Jenang – 19 Mar 2017

    White Dzambhala Jenang
    2.30pm Sun 19 March

    White Dzambhala is an aspect of the Buddha’s enlightened mind that enhances our karma to generate wealth to be able to practice the dharma. Dzambhala is an aspect of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. The Jenang, for which there is no ongoing practice commitment, gives students the blessing to say the White Dzambala mantra.

    Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said: “The purpose of practicing Dzambhala is to receive everything required to practice Dharma; to benefit all other sentient beings extensively by relieving their poverty, liberating them from suffering, giving them whatever they need to practice Dharma.”

    The White Dzambhala practice booklet is available from FPMT International website.

    By donation

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    Day of Miracles – 12 Mar 2017

    Extensive Light Offerings

    Day of Miracles
    Sunday 12 March 2017

    Also known as Chötrul Düchen this is one of the four important holy days of the Mahayana calendar. Significantly the karmic effect of positive (and negative) actions are magnified 100 million times on these holy days so practitioners try to be virtuous and keep their minds positive.
    Read more about why this day is special

    • 6:30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
    • 12noon Set up extensive water bowls and light offerings
    • 5pm Light offerings and Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

    By donation. Offering of food, flowers welcome.

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    Venerable Jampa Dekyi teachings Feb 2017

    Venerable Jampa Dekyi

    See below for full details of her classes and workshops

    Venerable Dekyi’s wish is to share the beauty, depth and practical compassion of the Buddha Dharma with all who have an interest. She is warm and irrepressible and says: “I’ve always had this sense that I could deal with whatever happened”.

    A popular and regular teacher at our Centre, Venerable Dekyi met the Dharma in 1992 and realised immediately that there was no other way for her to live. She was ordained a year later, has studied the Buddha Dharma in depth, taught at a number of FPMT centres, and has a broad understanding of secular life.

    Details of Ven Dekyi’s Teachings & Workshops

    Sunday Teachings

    • Keeping the Dharma Relevant to Our Life
    2.30pm Sunday 5 February
    Tsong Khapa’s famous Lam Rim says: “All teachings are to be taken as personal instructions”. The teachings have to inform all our thoughts words and actions – we need to turn the written Dharma into lived Dharma. This talk will look at the many ways in which this can be done.
    By donation.

    • Happiness Through Wisdom
    2.30pm Sunday 12 February
    The root cause of all our suffering, is our mistaken understanding of reality. We are suffering not because we are “bad” but because we are ignorant. The more we are able to attune with reality, the happier we will be. The Heart Sutra mentions that the Bodhisattva has “gone beyond sorrow” – he or she has attained lasting happiness through understanding the emptiness of inherent existence of all phenomena. While it could take a lifetime to understand this, even a small understanding can help us to be happier.
    By donation.

    • Compassion – the Door to Inner Peace
    2.30pm Sunday 19 February
    According to Buddhism, compassion is not pity but the sincere wish that all living beings be free of suffering and its causes. Research has shown that people who are mainly concerned with benefitting others are a lot happier than those who are self-centred. Learn more about this inconceivably beneficial mind-state.
    By donation.

    Tuesday Teachings

    • The Eight Anxieties
    7.30pm Tuesday 7 and 14 February
    Renouncing these anxieties is the first step if we want to be happy. They destroy our peace of mind and lead to negative emotions such as anger, attachment, jealousy, laziness and guilt. Learn how to recognise when they have taken control and what to do about it.
    By donation.

    Saturday Workshops

    • Purification not Guilt. A Practical Workshop
    1-4pm Saturday 11 February
    We have all felt guilty about things we have done that have hurt ourselves and others. These actions have created negative karma that will lead to future suffering. Feeling guilty is not a solution but purification meditations are. Any negative karma can be purified by sincerely undertaking purification practices. Venerable Dekyi will explain and help you do some of these practices.

    • Shakyamuni Buddha Practice & Mantras for Everyday Life
    1-4pm Saturday 18 February
    Mantras, meaning “mind protection”, are Sanskrit syllables that embody the qualities of the deity with which they are associated. They bring benefit to all who see, touch, hear or speak them. One important practice is that of Shakyamuni Buddha – the source of all Dharma. By engaging in the practice of Shakyamuni we can cultivate a connection with our Perfect Teacher and all sentient beings who have Buddha nature. We will also learn how to use mantras in daily life situations.

    Each Workshop $25 ($20 financial Hayagriva Members)
    Two Workshops $45 ($35 financial Hayagriva Members)

    Use the form available near the top of this page to Book and Pay for the workshops.

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    Lama Tsong Khapa – Guru Puja – 23 Dec 2016

    Lama Tsong Khapa
    – Light Offering and Guru Puja

    7.30pm Friday 23 December 2016

    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. Read Lama Yeshe’s teaching on on Lama Tsong Khapa. Join us as we make light offerings and do Guru Puja in commemoration of this great practitioner
    Food/flowers welcome at pujas
    All welcome
    By donation

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