Geshe Tenzin Zopa Teaching at Hayagriva
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December 2016
English speaking Geshe Tenzin Zopa teaches from the heart and, with his association with westerners since he was a young boy, knows exactly the problems we have and how the Buddha’s teachings will best help us deal with them.
He is an entertaining and charismatic teacher who we are fortunate to have at our Centre for this short time. Geshe Zopa’s recent four-year stay in Perth as guardian to young Phuntsok Rinpoche makes him almost West Australian! Don’t miss him.
• The Basics of Buddhism and Meditation
7.30pm Friday 9 December
An overview of Buddhist thought and meditation will be presented in an entertaining and easy to digest format so that you can apply these long tested techniques to better deal with the issues you face in daily life and better understand who you are.
Cost: $20 (Members $15)
• Serenity in Uncertain Times (One Day Seminar)
11am – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30pm Saturday 10 December
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times… and as we watch the news and ponder our daily experience, we realise that we cannot predict or control our lives with any certainty whatsoever.
It was no different when the Buddha lived 2,600 years ago. He established that all phenomena are impermanent and our inability to accept this is the cause of our suffering.
Cost: $50 (Members $40) (vegetarian lunch will be provided)
Please register online or at the centre for catering purposes
Complete package: includes Friday night teaching and Saturday Seminar
Cost: $60 (Members $50)
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:
Bring 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.
Read more details about Venerable Robina’s teaching program and Book Online