Geshe Tenzin Zopa teaching at HBC on 9 and 10 Dec 2016

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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.

Read more about Phuntsok Rinpoche in Perth   View Geshe Tenzin Zopa’s Facebook page

Details of Teachings

• 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)

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Lha Bab Dhuchen – 20 Nov 2016

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Lha Bab Duchen
Sunday 20 November 2016

This is one of the big holy days of the year marking the time when the Buddha repaid the kindness of his mother by giving her teachings. The effect of positive actions is magnified hundreds of thousands of times on this day so it is traditional to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours.

  • 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.

Please note that Sunday Meditation at 10am and Geshe Sonam’s teachings at 2.30pm will take place as normal.

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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.
Note: No Facebook account is required to view the photos

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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

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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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