A new five-year long program to help students more deeply understand and integrate the teachings into their daily life will start at the end of the month when we adapt FPMT International’s Basic Program to local conditions. It is a practice-orientated, up to 12-subject course for students who want to proceed beyond foundation level study. It consists of lectures by Geshe Sonam, a discussion group, homework and tests to help students gain an in-depth understanding of the dharma. The first subject over 12 weeks will be the famous text on karma, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons.
If students are to commit to the five-year program, there are four requirements:
- They are required to do weekly homework
- Attend the weekly class, and or listen to the recording of the teaching.
- Take the test at the end of the subject.
- Attend the three-month Lam Rim retreat.
They are also expected to attend a weekly one-hour discussion group on each class.
Please reply to Susan di Bona at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sun 26 March if you wish to commit to the five-year course.
Attendance at Basic Program is by donation.
White Dzambhala Jenang
2.30pm Sun 19 March
White Dzambhala is an aspect of the Buddha’s enlightened mind that enhances our karma to generate wealth to be able to practice the dharma. Dzambhala is an aspect of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. The Jenang, for which there is no ongoing practice commitment, gives students the blessing to say the White Dzambala mantra.
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said: “The purpose of practicing Dzambhala is to receive everything required to practice Dharma; to benefit all other sentient beings extensively by relieving their poverty, liberating them from suffering, giving them whatever they need to practice Dharma.”
The White Dzambhala practice booklet is available from FPMT International website.
Lama Tsong Khapa
– Light Offering and Guru Puja
7.30pm Friday 23 December 2016
Lama Tsong Khapa was a highly realised 14th century meditator, scholar, and saint who founded our Gelugpa school of Buddhism. His teachings are said to be particularly powerful for the people of today. Read Lama Yeshe’s teaching on on Lama Tsong Khapa. Join us as we make light offerings and do Guru Puja in commemoration of this great practitioner
Food/flowers welcome at pujas
Geshe Thubten Sherab
Teaching at Hayagriva
Saturday 7, Sunday 8 and Monday 9 January 2017
Geshe Thubten Sherab has been described as a master from the new generation. Fluent in English, he has had a long association with westerners after joining Kopan Monastery in Nepal as a young boy. He said: “My view is that it doesn’t matter whether people follow in the traditional way of practicing or even if they are Buddhist. There are so many good aspects of the Dharma that we can share with them”.
• Buddhism Made Simple
2 – 4.30pm Saturday 7 January
This gentle introduction to Buddhist thought and meditation will give you an understanding of what Buddhism is about and how it could help you better understand yourself and deal with the issues that arise in everyday life.
Cost: $20 (Members $15)
• The Entire Buddhist Path (One Day Seminar)
11.30am – 1.30pm, 3 – 5pm Sunday 8 January
For more than 2,500 years Buddhism has helped people deal with the tribulations of everyday living and shown how to lead a more positive, happy life. It is as relevant today as when it was first taught. These longer sessions will help students gain a deeper understanding of Buddhist concepts and practice.
Cost: $50 (Members $40)
Please bring a vegetarian plate to share
• The Buddhist Magic Bullet – Emptiness
7.30pm Monday 9 January
The concept of emptiness is a totally different way of viewing who we are and the way we see the world and all those around us. Even an intellectual understanding of emptiness reduces our negative emotions, increases our inner peace and helps us enjoy life more.
Cost: $20 (Members $15)
Book All Three Events
Cost: $80 (Members $60)
SPECIAL SUNDAY TEACHING VENUE
Teaching at King’s Park
Sunday 18 Dec at 2.30pm
It’s Geshe Sonam’s last teaching before he goes off for his 2 month break back to India and Nepal. To make it special we are having it in King’s Park. It will take place on a grassy area near the Zamia Cafe which is located adjacent to the Synergy Parkland on May Drive. Plenty of parking just off May Drive and a short walk down to the lake near the cafe. Check out the Google map.
Bring a plate to share after the teaching as we will be staying on for a picnic. All are welcome to attend. Picnic should start around 4.30pm.
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: