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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: A few of the oldest posts contain observations and commentary by senior students and are personal views.

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Lam Rim Retreat in South Australia – 30 Sep-11 Oct 2017

Lam Rim Retreat in South Australia De Tong Ling Retreat Centre on Kangaroo Island 30 Sep to 11 Oct 2017Lam Rim Retreat in South Australia
De Tong Ling Retreat Centre on Kangaroo Island
30 Sep to 11 Oct 2017

De Tong Ling is a developing retreat centre on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. On 1300 hundred acres of remote wilderness, its natural setting offers abundant silence, pure air and water with long views out to the sea.
Prerequisites: Refuge and familiarity with the lam rim.

Costs:
• camping $530 • dormitory style $660 • Premium twin share $815 • Premium twin ensuite $870 • Premium single $870

Price is per person & includes all fully catered meals, accommodation and travel expenses both ways from Buddha House, Adelaide (cost of ferry included)
Bookings and inquiries Matt – 0474550034 or manager@detongling.org
For further information click on image to view full poster (pdf) or go to www.detongling.org

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1st Turning of the Wheel – 27 Jul 2017

Extensive Light Offerings1st Turning of the Wheel and
International Sangha Day
27 Jul 2017

This Wheel turning Day marks the day the Buddha first taught the Dharma after manifesting enlightenment and is one of the four important holy days of the year.

Significantly the karmic effect of positive (and negative) actions is magnified 100 million times on these holy days so practitioners try to undertake virtuous activities and keep their minds positive.

The program at our Centre is:

6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam
12noon Setup tables and prepare water bowls
1pm Filling water bowls
3pm Sutra recitation
7.30pm Light offerings and Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

Donation of food and flowers are welcome.

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Celebrate HHDL’s 82nd Birthday on 6 Jul 2017

Morning tea to celebrate 82nd birthday of HH Dalai Lama
10.30am Thurs 6 July
Join us for cake to celebrate the remarkable life of this Nobel Peace Prize winner who has brought so much joy and spiritual inspiration to so many. Bring a little snack to share.

Live webcast of HH Dalai Lama from Ladakh on his birthday
11:30am Thurs 6 July
Stay on and watch a live stream of HHDL Dalai Lama Long Life Offering Ceremony (at https://www.dalailama.com/)

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Venerable Lhundrup Teaching at HBC – July 2017

Ven Lhundrup, an Australian-born monk from the FPMT Monastery in Bendigo, will be teaching during two periods in July. (Booking form appears below)

Fri 7 July 7.30pm Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
How and why do we meditate? Venerable Lhundrup will explain and lead you through basic meditations that can be used every day. Suitable for new or experienced students.
Non-members:$20 / Members: By donation
 
Sat 8 July 11am – 1pm &
2 – 5pm
One-Day Meditation Intensive (BYO Lunch TO SHARE)
This is a rare opportunity to take time out from the rush of everyday life, sit down, relax and examine your mind in accordance with Buddhist principles in a controlled environment. Suitable for new or experienced students.
Non-members: $55 / Members: $40
 
Mon 24 July 7.30pm Starting Out in Buddhism
Learn the basics of Buddhism and how they can help make you a calmer, kinder person with a greater appreciation of life. Suitable for new students or more experienced students wanting a refresher.
Non-members:$20 / Members: By donation
 
Wed 26 July 12.30pm A Taste of Buddhism: Drop in Class
Not much time? Looking for a quick Buddhist fix? This is the class for you presenting Buddhist ideas with some hands-on practice.
By donation
 
Wed 26 July 7.30pm After the Basics What?
– The Three Principles of the Buddhist Path

The Buddhist path starts with renunciation meaning we don’t get too emotionally caught up in our attachments. It leads to Bodhicitta – the great altruistic thought to help others – and Emptiness – the powerful concept of dependent arising. Suitable for new or experienced students.
Non-members:$20 / Members: By donation
 
Thu 27 July 7.30pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
(Holy Day – 1st Turning of the Wheel)

Traditional ceremony acknowledging the Buddhas life and deeds.
Offerings of food/flowers welcome

Use the form below to book your place and make your payment online (PayPal or credit card). We recommend that HBC Members book their place online to assist us with managing the number of attendees. The Drop In Class and the Shakyamuni Buddha Puja do not need to be booked in advance.

Note: Are you a “Member” of HBC? Receiving the HBC eNews does not constitute membership. Click here if you are interested to become a member.

 

Venerable Thubten Lhundrup - Jul 2017 - Booking Form

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Dog Blessing – Sat 17 Jun 2017

Dog Blessing and Cuppa
Saturday 17th June 1pm-2pm
Venue: Back courtyard of HBC

Geshela will bless dogs (only) with holy relics. Sorry no other animals at this stage as it might get tricky. Owners will need to have a good handle on their dog(s). Please bring a leash as young children will be there.

No dogs in the gompa as the carpets have been recently cleaned.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a hot cuppa. Welcome to bring biscuits (dog and human) and cake to share. Also would appreciate some help cleaning up after.

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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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