Hayagriva Buddhist Centre

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Hayagriva Buddhist Centre
Main School Vajrayana
Sub School Tibetan, Gelug, FPMT
Affiliation Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)
Teacher(s) Geshe Ngawang Sonam
Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Director(s) John Waite
Contact Infotmation
Address 64 Banksia Tce
Western Australia 6151
Country Australia
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Phone (08) 9367 4817
Fax (08) 9368 1240
Website http://hayagriva.org.au
Email welcome@hayagriva.org.au

Hayagriva Buddhist Centre is a centre for Buddhist learning and practice following the Tibetan Gelugpa Buddhist tradition. It is located in Kensington, a suburb of the city of Perth in Western Australia.

It is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) – an international organisation of more than 160 centres, monasteries, nunneries, retreat centres, and charitable projects around the world. The FPMT was founded in 1975 by the late Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935 – 1984) and is under the spiritual guidance of Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche who consults closely with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Our resident teacher is Geshe Ngawang Sonam, a fully ordained monk who has completed the entire monastic training in India’s Sera Jey Monastery.

Our Centre has been operating for more than 25 years, is a non-profit organisation incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (WA), is financed by donations and run by volunteers.

Contact us on phone +61 (0)8 9367 4817

Centre Office open 10am – 2pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

“The purpose of Dharma centre organisation is for you and your friends to learn more, to deepen your understanding, to help each other, to inspire each other and most importantly to develop realisations of the path to enlightenment.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT Spiritual Director, April 2006

Meditation Hall (Gompa) Etiquette

Some behaviour (such as not wearing footwear in the Gompa) is based on eastern tradition but it is mostly to benefit your mind by cultivating respect for the Buddhist teachings which liberate from suffering.

  • It is respectful to arrive on time and remain for the complete session
  • Dress modestly: skirts below the knees, shoulders covered and modest necklines
  • Please leave your head uncovered
  • Please turn mobile phones off or to silent
  • The teacher sits higher than the students out of respect for the teachings
  • Please stand for the teacher to enter the hall and sit after the teacher sits down
  • Prostrations are optional though placing your palms together at the chest shows respect for the teachings
  • Respect statues and Dharma books as they represent the Buddha’s teachings. For example, don’t put Dharma material directly on the floor, step over it, place it where you sit, or point your feet at the altar, teacher or holy objects
  • Feel free to use a chair if sitting cross-legged is or becomes uncomfortable
  • Maintain silence, especially during teachings, meditations and pujas
  • At the end of the teachings stand before the teacher gets up

Timeline of Hayagriva Buddhist Centre

1970's - Australian students travel to India and Nepal in the 1970s and receive teachings from Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Like students from around the world who had contacted Buddhism in the East, when they return home, they want a local Centre to support their Buddhist practice. 1977 - The beginning was low key. In 1977 an American nun, Ven Konchog Domna, from our associated FPMT Centre in Melbourne visits Perth to give teachings. She is the first of a number of teachers to visit Perth. 1987 - In 1987, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives permission for an FPMT Centre to start in Perth to be named Hayagriva, a wrathful aspect of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. After that visiting teachers are invited to teach in venues hired for the occasion. Late 1980's - In the late 1980s the Centre moves to a unit above the business of a student in Belmont. 1996 - In 1996 the Centre moves to an office of another student in Burswood. 1997 - The Centre buys a house in East Victoria Park as a teacher’s residence and hosts a resident Tibetan lama, Geshe Senghe, who teaches here for three years. 2001 - The Centre buys its current temple in Banksia Terrace, Kensington. In the early years the Centre has a number of resident western teachers for varying periods as well as visiting Tibetan lamas. 2002 - Australian-born monk, Ven Thubten Dondrub, becomes our resident teacher. 2004 - The Wheel of Life Hospice is formed and based at the Centre. 2009 - The Centre purchases the house next door to our temple as a residence for our teacher. Jun 2012 - Geshe Ngawang Sonam joins Ven Dondrub to teach at the Centre. Dec 2012 - Ven Dondrub is appointed as the resident teacher of Buddha House, the FPMT centre in Adelaide.