Merit Boxes on Lama Tsongkhapa Day

Merit Boxes on Lama Tsongkhapa Day: The International Merit Box Project was created by the FPMT to help cultivate generosity as part of a daily practice. You are encouraged to take home a small metal box in which to put your donations each day, for example, coins in your purse or pocket. The boxes and your offerings are collected once a year on Lama Tsongkhapa Day (12 Dec 2017). This permits the donations to be combined and on-sent to the FPMT International Office where this project is managed. Follow the link above to read more about it and to see lists of the many beneficiaries of your generosity during the past 15 years.
Please return your Merit Boxes to HBC by 12 December.

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Account of High Tea Fund Raiser held on 18 November 2017

High Tea Fundraiser was held at HBC on 18 Nov 2017

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We were blessed with perfect weather on November 18 for our High Tea Event.

The afternoon started off with a powerful teaching from Geshela on Mind Training. Geshela spoke on the importance of harmony in everything we do, in our relationships at work, with our family, loved ones and friends and the people we cross path with, each day. “Harmony is the key to Happiness,” Geshela said and the way to go about achieving this is to examine our own minds and our perceptions of the external world and our own internal responses.

After the teachings we were all treated to an afternoon of tea served in fine china and a marvellous selection of scrumptious cakes and savouries, all lovingly made by our kind volunteers. Our resident violinist, Susan Di Bona entertained us with exquisite music from the classics, ranging from Vivaldi, Kreistler and Mozart and some jazz. Then some lovely Bhutanese lasses in their gorgeous national dress made a dance offering to Geshela. This was enthusiastically joined in by Matt Whiston, our resident translator and member Poh Choo to the delight and appreciation of the crowd. In between entertainment we had a silent auction and a raffle draw. Fong our green thumbed member provided plants for sale which were eagerly snapped up.

It was a most satisfying afternoon and most evident was a spirit of generosity, kindness and good will.

We raised $4043 which will go towards Geshela’s current (in December) and future travel next year and HBC’s expenses.

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Teaching on The Four Immeasurables – 15 Nov 2017

Audio recording of Teaching on The Four Immeasurables by Geshe Ngawang Sonam at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre – 15 Nov 2017 (MP3)

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Immeasurable Happiness – Mini Series of 4 – Starts 15 Nov 2017

Immeasurable HappinesssNew Mini Series Starts 15 Nov
– Teaching and Meditations

Wed 15 Nov 7:30-9:00pm
Teaching with Geshe Sonam

Geshela will teach on The Four Immeasurable qualities of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Emphatic Joy and Equanimity. The gateway to the Mahayana Path is concern for all beings’ welfare. To accomplish that, starting with equanimity, we must cultivate the Four Immeasurable qualities. Read the Four Immeasurable Thoughts here

Meditations and Q&A
Understanding and developing these qualities in meditation deepens our connection with all beings. The subsequent sessions will consist of a meditation followed by a Q&A led by a senior student as follows:

  • Wed 22 Nov  7:30-8:30pm On Loving Kindness
  • Wed 29 Nov 7:30-8:30pm On Compassion
  • Wed 6 Dec 7:30-8:30pm On Emphatic Joy and Equanimity
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High Tea Fundraiser – 18 Nov 2017

View the official poster for the event (PDF)

High Tea Fundraiser for Geshe Sonam's Travel Expenses

Saturday 18th November 2017 from 2.30pm
Tickets: $25/adult, $10/child
Hayagriva Buddhist Centre 64 Banksia Terrace, Kensington
Tickets: Available at Hayagriva or email Jude to reserve a ticket
Email: judepmilan@gmail.com

Join us for an afternoon of yummy cakes, tea, musical performances, and the friendly company of the Hayagriva community, as we raise funds for Hayagriva/Geshe Sonam’s travel to India to see his teachers and students. The event will begin at 2:30pm with a talk by Geshe Sonam, followed by the service of tea, cakes and entertainment! We aim to raise $1800 and have a wonderful time socialising together!

Drop into Hayagriva to purchase a ticket or email Jude for a reservation.

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Even More Photos of Sentient Beings during Holy Relics Exhibition

Even More photos of Sentient Beings during Holy Relics Exhibition – October 2017 (PDF)

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Teaching on Death Awareness, Karma and Perfect Human Rebirth – 18 Oct 2017

Audio recording of Teaching on Death Awareness, Karma and Perfect Human Rebirth by Geshe Ngawang Sonam at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre – 18 Oct 2017 (MP3)

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More Photos of Holy Relics Exhibition – Oct 2017

More photos of the Holy Relics Exhibition – October 2017 (PDF)

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My Week with Holy Relics – Matt Whiston – Oct 2017

Lord Buddha said “Every meeting must end with a parting of ways” so it was that with a mixture of joy and sadness we held the closing ceremony to farewell the holy relics exhibition we had hosted at Hayagriva Centre for just over a week.

Thanks to the initiatives of our resident teacher Geshe Sonam, Marlene, John and a large group of attentive and very welcoming volunteers, the local community both Buddhist and otherwise had access to the holy relics of Shakyamuni Buddha, Kashyapa Buddha, the great masters Atisha, Drontompa, the great Fifth Dalai Lama, and more recent Gurus such as Geshe Lama Konchog and Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup.

Access which would be difficult to gain elsewhere,with such close contact,such that continual light offerings, prostrations, prayers, sutra recitations, animal (and human!) blessings were offered in a continual stream.

The opening ceremony on Friday night saw several ordained Sangha members, hosted by Geshe Sonam including Ven. Thupten Lodey, three visiting Bhutanese monks, our meditation teacher Ven. Drolma, Ani Jampa, as well as Venerable Hasapanna (Abbess) and an Anigarika from the Theravadan Dhamassara Nunnery in attendance. The short prayer ceremony was capped by an intense, energetic, Lion Dance which took up all the space we had left in the gompa! Guests retired for refreshments afterwards. The timing of the rain was very interesting!

As mentioned above the week which followed was a hive of activity, and on two occasions our resident teacher Geshe Sonam, blessed members’ pets with a relic of the Buddha, including dogs, cats, a rabbit, all with varying degrees of bemusement, some rushing up only to be blissful and subdued after the event, some it must be said, a little less sure about it all. The pet owners were in for a blessing too, and apart from the advertised events Geshe la was able to bless hundreds of people during the course of the week. This was wonderful.

Three sutra recitations took place in the presence of the relics, one reading of the “Sanghata Sutra”, one reading of the “Sutra of Golden Light”, as well as recitations of the “Vajra Cutter Sutra” and “Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha” by Lama Tsong Khapa.

Of course due to the majesty and power of the relics, the blessings, people were inspired to do their own practise in the temple. There were also a group of volunteers who got to do a sleep over with the holy relics:

“A very peaceful sleep after the hectic week going to Bendigo and back and having the privilege of travelling with the Relics.” – Marlene

“I had the best nights sleep in the Gompa with the relics and during my sleep had the sensation of walking in a green field in waist high grasses. There was no sound just the movement of the grasses as a gentle wind and I walked and moved through them. I could feel the gentleness of the wind moving everything but not hear anything. It was completely calm and the next day when I awoke I felt the same way, just calm. I also had the sensation during the day that I was being held, kind of hugged and that all would be well and I felt completely peaceful.” – DW

“The first night I was alone, my sleep was light even though I was very tired. I could hear the birds singing happily away for a long time next door and smell the very sweet fragrance of the yellow orchids several times. It was very calm and settling. It’s mind boggling to be so fortunately close to many physical manifestations of the Buddhas and Buddhist masters. On another night, we were a bit worried about knocking them over!” – LM

At the events conclusion Geshe Sonam mentioned due to hard work we had created a lot of merit, positive force, had been accumulated, and so we dedicated that potential for world peace, the removal of natural calamities on the planet, and prayers that the Buddha Dharma remain long in this world. Most significantly that the Holy Gurus who teach and inspire us have long healthy lives, that Hayagriva Buddhist centre flourishes, and that its members be harmonious, as that is the source of happiness.

It was on the whole a very inspiring event and one which is difficult to put into words, the way we felt about the holy relics and the blessings they bring, but it will make a visit to the Great Stupa of Compassion at the Atisha Centre in Bendigo a must on any one’s bucket list, and it will make us reflect and rejoice on the deeds of our kind and compassionate guru Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, whose vision through which we are able to create such merits.

Sarva manga lam.

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Lhabab Düchen – Holy Day – 10 Nov 2017

Lhabab Düchen is one of the four most important holy days of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism commemorating events in Lord Buddha’s life. Lhabab Düchen celebrates Lord Buddha’s descent from The God Realm of Thirty-Three back to earth.

Lord Buddha had gone to The God Realm of Thirty-Three to teach the Dharma to both his mother and to the gods living there. He spent several months teaching there to repay his mother for her kindness and liberate her from Samsara.

Lhabab Düchen is celebrated each year based on the lunar Tibetan calendar. This year it occurs on 10 November 2017.

On Lhabab Düchen, the karmic results of actions, both positive and negative, are multiplied 100 million times according to Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, citing the Vinaya text, The Treasure of Quotations and Logic. For this reason, it is recommended to engage in virtuous activities and keep a positive mind throughout the day.

Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Lhabab Düchen on Fri 10 Nov 2017:

  • 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
  • 1pm Set up extensive water bowls and light offerings
  • 3pm Recitation of Vajra Cutter Sutra and Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha
  • 7pm Make Light Offering followed by a Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

Offering of food, flowers are welcome at the puja.

By Donation

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