HBC Members attend Light of the Path retreat – August 2016

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Four people associated with Hayagriva (members and former members) attended the Light of the Path Retreat with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in North Carolina. Owen and Lesley joined Kirsty, who is travelling for a while, and Oi Loon, who now spends most of her time in Malaysia. They joined 300 FPMT students from around the world including more than 40 sangha.

This is the fourth LoP Retreat and, while Rinpoche hasn’t actually started the text, he gave many powerful teachings on the path and how vital it is to practice. The teachings were live streamed on YouTube and through the FPMT website with simultaneous translations in Italian, Spanish and French with an audio in Mandarin also available. Transcripts are coming soon (refer to the last link below).

During the retreat Owen’s mother and the mother of Merry Colony, a student who has served the FPMT for many years, passed away within a few hours of each other and that night Rinpoche kindly did an amazingly powerful Medicine Buddha puja for their benefit and for the others who ask for Rinpoche’s help.

Late one evening Rinpoche was leading a walking meditation in the grounds of the stunningly beautiful YMCA facility in the mountains where the retreat is held and as we were leaving the gompa the retreat organiser announced that a black bear had been seen on the property so keep a watch out. It helped focus the concentration.
It’s a great retreat for inspiration and to change your view of reality for a while. There will be more LoP Retreats in the future.

View more photos taken during the retreat.
Note: You don’t need a Facebook account to view these photos. Just scroll to the bottom of the Facebook page and click on “Not Now”. Then click on the first image to view the slide show.

Below is an extract from the FPMT’s eNews that provides handy links to various video, audio and to future transcripts. It is reproduced for your convenience:

Links to video and audio of the current Light of the Path 2016 teachings with Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

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Chenrezig Jenang – 16 Oct 2016

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Chenrezig Jenang
2:30pm Sunday 16 October 2016

Chenrezig represents the compassion of the Buddha. This Jenang gives blessing to say the mantra of Chenrezig and to develop love and compassion. There is no ongoing meditation commitment with this Jenang.

By donation.
All welcome.

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Photos of First Turning of the Wheel on 6 Aug 2016

View photos of First Turning of the Wheel at HBC held on 6 Aug 2016.
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Chenrezig/Manjushri/Vajrapani Jenang – 14 Aug 2016

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Chenrezig/Manjushri/Vajrapani Jenang
2:30pm Sunday 14 August 2016

Enlightenment means developing the compassion of Chenrezig, the wisdom of Manjushri and the power of Vajrapani. This Jenang gives blessings to develop these qualities as manifested in the great 14th century yogi and scholar, Lama Tsong Khapa. There is no ongoing meditation commitment with this Jenang.
By donation.
All welcome.

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Buddhism in a Nutshell

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CONTINUES WEDNESDAY

Intro to Buddhism and
Local Discussion Group
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August 2016 7.30pm

Download each of the five modules of Buddhism in a Nutshell from
FPMT International’s website
for US$5 then come to a discussion group at our Centre to discuss selected parts of the teaching to clarify points and share your experience. The online modules are presented by an experienced nun, Ven Amy Miller with discussions at our Centre led by an experienced student. Please register your interest with our Spiritual Program Coordinator, Susan di Bona at spc@hayagriva.org.au

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1st Turning of the Wheel – 6 Aug 2016

Extensive Light Offerings

1st Turning of the Wheel and
International Sangha Day
6 August 2016

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.
Read more


The program at our Centre is:

  • 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam
  • 2.00pm Set up extensive water and light offerings
  • 5.00pm Light offerings and Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

By donation.

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Venerable Robina – Informal Q&A 7.30pm 13 Jul 2016

Venerable Robina Courtin ABring up any issues you have in this casual setting and listen to Venerable Robina’s words of wisdom for living life in today’s world. She’s seen it all and done most of it herself so her perspectives come from deep experience and a very solid grounding in Buddhism.

All welcome.

By donation.

Read more details about Venerable Robina’s teaching program and Book Online

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Dharma Protector Practices

Dharma Protector Practices
3.30pm Sunday 3 July
8.30pm Wednesday 31 August
7.30pm Thursday 29 September
5pm Sunday 29 October

These practices invoke wrathful aspects of the Buddha’s mind to help remove hindrances to our spiritual practice and to the success of our Centre. They involve chanting in Tibetan. All welcome.

Price: By Donation

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Venerable Robina – Teachings in July 2016

Venerable Robina CourtinVenerable Robina is funny, dynamic, affectionate, kind and outrageous. She will challenge you, make you think about your life, make you laugh and move your heart. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear her in person.

Ordained as a Buddhist nun for 35 years, Venerable Robina has edited many dharma books and the FPMT’s international Mandala magazine, featured in two movies, run the Liberation Prison Project, and tours the world inspiring others with her teachings from the heart.

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

Buddhist Meditation for Busy People

7.30pm Monday 4, 11 July

During these two evenings we will learn to understand and practice various meditation techniques, such as visualizing the buddhas, concentration meditation, analytical meditation, and meditation on the clear nature of our mind.

One session $25 (Members $20), Both sessions $40 (Members $30)

Use the links below to Book Online

Can You Love Without Attachment?

11.30am Tuesday 5, 12 July

We assume that love and attachment mean the same thing. But the Buddhist way of understanding our emotions is that attachment is the neurotic, needy, dissatisfied part of us that yearns for someone out there.

Love, on the other hand, is referring to an altruistic part of our being – a connection with others, to wish that they be happy, and delight in their wellbeing. We have both of these but it’s so hard to see the difference.

One session $25 (Members $20), Both sessions $40 (Members $30)

Use the links below to Book Online

A Bird Needs Two Wings: Wisdom and Compassion

7.30pm Wednesday 6, Thursday 7, 14 July

During these three evenings we will learn about the central points of Buddha’s worldview: impermanence, how we create and how to purify karma, bodhichitta, and emptiness and dependent arising.

One session $25 (Members $20), Two sessions $40 (Members $30), Three sessions $55 (Members $40)

Use the links below to Book Online

All 7 sessions $100 (Members $80)

Book Online

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Wheel of Sharp Weapons ***Postponed***

Wheel of Sharp Weapons

New Class Starting Soon

Wheel of Sharp Weapons
***POSTPONED***
New Start Date TBA

If you want an answer to the “why me?” question, this short text by the great 9th Century yogi, Dharmaraksita, has all you need to know. It shows how the force of karma plays out in our everyday life revealing many specific effects and their causes, but the overall message is one of hope and optimism.

Price: By Donation

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