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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Images from Relics 2017 – Opening Night Ceremony 13 Oct

For more photos of the night click here.

Several experienced students said that the relics of the Buddha, for them, ARE the Buddha. Lord Buddha is there. This is a powerful experience.

There were a few beginners who had not been to such events and had not seen relics before. They said that the main thing for them was to get a feel for the wider Buddhist community, to see the other monks and nuns, and to experience the camaraderie. They still had not quite come to terms with the relics themselves, what they were and what they meant. However, they felt something they could not yet describe.

Others said that that the visit of the Great Stupa Relics was an opportunity for the invigoration of the Hayagriva Buddhist community, to inspire and support the activities of the centre.

Some expressed the feeling of strong purification they got when viewing the relics.

In his short opening teaching, our Resident Teacher Geshe Sonam quoted Lord Buddha’s words that making offerings to the relics was the same as making offerings to the Buddha himself. Lord Buddha was extremely kind to manifest his body in the form of the relics; this was to help us to generate the merit we would need to attain the holy body of a buddha. However, Geshe Sonam continued by making the point that we also need to create the causes to attain the holy mind of a buddha, and that must be done by putting effort into studying his teachings.

The Director John Waite said that it was a busy time of year and he had had many apologies from dignitaries who would have liked to attend. John thanked the many people who had contributed their time, effort and money into setting up this event, preparing the display and organising the vegetarian meal that would follow. He talked about the wondrous Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, where the relics will be housed, how it was progressing well but was such a huge undertaking.

The Chung Wah group then presented a ‘lion dance’ – with drums – in which the two lions progressed around the gompa prostrating to all the images of Buddha. Finally they made offerings to the Master of Ceremonies for the event, Dave Webb, and the director John Waite.

Then young children presented lit candles to the monks and nuns for them to offer to the relics/buddhas/bodhisattvas. And John gave roses to senior students and helpers for them to offer, following which all present were invited to circumambulate the display and see and give thanks to the qualities of those great beings who had manifested the relics in their cremation ashes.

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How to make the most of your visit to the Holy Relics

Below are frequently asked questions about Holy Relics. Click on the question to see the answer. Or click on the Show All Q&A button to view everything.

▢ What are the relics?
▢ What is the benefit of visiting the holy relics?
▢ Why are relics revered?
▢ How should I pay respect to the relics?
▢ How should I view the relics if I am sick?
▢ How should I view the relics to purify negativities?
▢ How to view the relics when you are unhappy?
▢ How to view the relics if you have an addiction?
▢ Where are the relics going after this exhibition?
This information was provided by:
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion Ltd
Postal Address: PO BOX 869 Maiden Gully VIC 3551 Australia
E-mail: info@stupa.org.au
Phone: +61 3 5446 7568
www.stupa.org.au www.jadebuddha.org.au www.vegecareian.org.au
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Holy Relics Opening Ceremony for HBC Members and Invited Guests Only

13 Oct 2017: 6pm for a 6.30pm start
A special ceremony will take place at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre to celebrate the opening of the Holy Relics Exhibition. Due to limited space this opening ceremony event is only open to HBC Members and Invited Guests.

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Holy Relics 14-22 Oct 2017: Schedule of Events

Holy Relics Exhibition at Hayagriva: 14 – 22 Oct
Regular teachings and meditations will continue during this exhibition however yoga classes have been cancelled. Check out our calendar for details.

Relics Viewing: Open to the public 10am to 6pm Sat 14 Oct to Sun 22 Oct
Circumambulate the relics for skies of merit and deep purification. Click here to read Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche's precious teachings on "How to Circumambulate". You can also collect merit by writing out the Sanghata Sutra and Tsedo Sutra for Long Life. Text and pens provided. Read more on the benefits of the Sanghata Sutra

NEW EVENTS

Blessing with Relics for the public by Venerable Jampa:
11am-2pm Tue 17 Oct & 10am-12noon Sat 21 Oct

 

Blessing with Relics for Animals, Birds: 1-2pm Sat 14 and 21 Oct
Geshe Sonam will conduct this blessing outside in the courtyard behind the gompa. Please manage your pet with a leash, in a cage, in a box and keep them close to you at all times. Animals are not permitted inside the gompa but an exception will be made for unwell animals and birds. Please inform one of the volunteers.

NEW EVENT

Recitation of the Vajracutter Sutra & the
Dependent Arising – A Praise of the Buddha text:
6-9pm Thu 19 Oct

As recommended by Khadrola for Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life, Matt, our interpreter, will lead a recitation of the “Vajracutter Sutra” and “Dependent Arising – A Praise of the Buddha” text.

NEW START TIME

Sutra Recitation of The Sutra of the Golden Light: 6-9pm Sat 21 Oct
Matt, our interpreter, will lead a recitation of the Golden Light Sutra to bring peace and provide incredible protection to the country from violence. You can stay an hour or three!
More on the benefits of The Sutra of the Golden Light. )

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Geshe Ngawang Sonam chants the Long Mandala Offering during a Guru Puja

Ever wanted to learn how to chant the Long Mandala Offering as it is sung during a Guru Puja? Listen to this:
Audio recording of the Long Mandala Offering by Geshe Ngawang Sonam during a Guru Puja

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Buddhist Relics from the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

Most Holy Relics from the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre 64 Banksia Tce Kensington
Viewing: 10am to 6pm 14-22 October 2017

Relics from the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion are coming to Hayagriva Buddhist Centre in October 2017. Viewing is open every day from 10am to 6pm between Saturday 14 October and Sunday 22 October. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Our regular meditation and teaching sessions take place as normal during this time.

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What will happen to me while dying, at death and afterwards?

Presented by the Pure Land Project

Have you ever wondered what will happen to you during your dying and death? What will you feel; will your experience be frightening or blissful?

Over three Thursday evenings in September we will introduce the Tibetan Buddhist perspective on these questions. We will start with a guided meditation, then open the meeting to a discussion on the topic. The evening will conclude with a short presentation on the proposed centre for those who wish for a spiritual focus during their last weeks, called the Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha.

Presentations will be made by Len Warren and members of the Pure Land Committee.

The aim is to start at 7:30 pm and finish about 8:30 pm. Entry is by donation.

The program is as follows:

14 September 7.30 to 8.30pm
What will happen to me during my last weeks?
A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective

21 September 7.30 to 8.30pm
What will happen to me as I die?
A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective

28 September 7.30 to 8.30pm
What will happen to me after I die?
A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition is rich with teachings about dying, death and the intermediate state or bardo between this life and the next. In this series we will only touch the surface of this storehouse of wisdom. We also want to introduce the project to build a centre – the Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha – that will meet some of the needs of the dying identified in the teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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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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