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The Harp Concert 14 Jul 2018

Harpist: Shamarra de Tissera
Venue: Hayagriva Buddhist Centre
64 Banksia Terrace, Kensington WA

Donation: $30 p.p.

On Saturday 14 July the Pure Land Project will present something very special, The Harp Concert, with harpist Shamarra de Tissera.

This is our first fundraising event and we would be so pleased to see you and your family or friends on the night. The hall at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre holds about 70 people so if you want to reserve seats, please use our online booking form below.


6:45 pm


7:00 pm

Start of concert
The Healing Power of Sound and Silence

7:45 pm

During supper, you can experience the Reverie Harp

8:15 pm

Optional Extra (for those who wish to stay longer)
Loving Voices at the Bedside

9:00 pm


The Harp Concert – Sat 14 July 2018 from 7pm with harpist Shamarra de Tissera at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre, 64 Banksia Terrace, Kensington WA

The concert will feature chant, song and story from several Buddhist traditions, interwoven with an introduction to the benefits of bedside music and the Reverie Harp.

Shamarra de Tissera is the President of the Harp Society of Western Australia, runs a private music studio teaching harp, voice and piano and plays therapeutic music in private homes, hospitals and aged care. Shamarra is in collaboration with Amana Living Aged Care.

Thanks to Penni Sutton for creating the image.



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Reflections on Bendigo Retreat by Anita Field

Len Warren and Anita Filed representing the new FPMT study group Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha during a private meeting with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. Bendigo April 2018

Reflections on Bendigo Retreat by Anita Field

By Anita Field, of the Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha

I loved being at the Stupa in Bendigo – the feeling at the retreat was that we were all enveloped by a great kindness. I attended for the first two weeks. It was my first time visiting the Stupa – it was spectacular (even though the building is not yet finished).

The retreat team did a fantastic job transforming the inside of the stupa from a building site to a stunning sacred space. The gigantic Tara thangka bathed the place in beauty and the gompa became more beautiful as each day passed as more thangkas, offerings and lights were offered.

The daily prayers and teachings were inspiring, as was sitting amongst the large gathering of Sangha, Dharma students and FPMT family from around Australia and the world.

In addition to the great fortune of just being there, I was also blessed by the opportunity to meet with Lama Zopa Rinpoche about the Pure Land Project, which has recently been approved by FPMT as one of its new groups. I accompanied the Chair of the project and fellow HBC member, Len Warren. That meeting was definitely a highlight of the two weeks. I was sad to leave when it was time to return to Perth, but the benefit of having attended is immeasurable.

PLIB Becomes FPMT Study Group

The Buddha Mitrugpa

The Indestructible Buddha

Pure Land Becomes an FPMT Study Group

By Len Warren, Chairperson of the Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha

On 1 March 2018, the Day of Miracles, there was great excitement amongst members of the Pure Land Committee (Len, Anita, Sue, Jason, Stella, Penni and Lucy) when we received an email from Claire at FPMT headquarters. This is how the email began:

‘On this very auspicious and merit-multiplying day, I am delighted to tell you that Lama Zopa Rinpoche says it is beneficial for the Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha to go forward as a new ‘independent’ FPMT Study Group.’

This is wonderful news and the Pure Land Committee extends its heartfelt thanks to Claire and to members of the Executive Committee of the Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for their help and advice.

Our official FPMT title is now: ‘FPMT Study Group (Probationary Hospice Service)’. What this means is that there are two stages to becoming a ‘fully-fledged FPMT Hospice Service’, first become a Study Group, then after a probationary period, become a fully affiliated FPMT Hospice Service.

It is wonderful to have Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s endorsement and blessings. I know I am not alone in my complete confidence in Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wisdom and foresight. If Lama Zopa says it is beneficial for us to go ahead, then I believe that things will go well for us, bearing in mind that we do live in samsara and are subject to karma and disturbing conceptions, which means that it will not all be plain sailing, and that we need to continue to create good karma.

It is also marvellous to have the official stamp of FPMT on our group. FPMT is a global organization with 160 centres, services and groups. It is part of a lineage that has been passed down to us via realized lamas and their disciples from the time of the Buddha.

The Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha, or the Pure Land for short, aspires in the long term to develop a centre which offers a safe and caring environment for those suffering terminal conditions, who wish to end their lives in a spiritual environment.

To that end, we first plan a pilot study to see if the project is viable and can be run with the resources that we are able to obtain, and can, indeed, meet its objectives safely and effectively.

Our committee looks forward to up-dating you on our progress as we move forward in our quest to bring the Pure Land to a reality.

What is Tibetan Medicine?

What is Tibetan Medicine?

Have you ever wondered what Tibetan medicine is all about? Tibetan medicine is an holistic method of treating mental and physical sickness. It is concerned very much with the causes of disease. The ultimate cause is said to be one of the disturbed or deluded states of mind: desirous attachment, anger, jealousy, pride and so on. These cause an imbalance in the body’s systems. First, one has to change the type of food one eats, and one’s behaviour. Only then is the physician advised to prescribe medicine.

For more explanation see Tibetan Medicine in Brief

Helping Others at the Time of Death Is a Big Responsibility

Helping the Dying a Big Responsibility

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in his book How to Enjoy Death says that a good rebirth depends upon dying peacefully, with virtuous thoughts. If we die with anger, strong attachment or fear, our births will only be in the lower realms.

Lama Zopa: “Therefore the people surrounding the person who is dying – friends, family, professional caregivers – have a big responsibility. I will put it this way: Whatever arises in your loved one’s mind, whether their thoughts are virtuous or non-virtuous, very much depends on you and the other helpers, how you behave toward them. It is a great responsibility. If you are not careful, if you do not have this education – that the way you behave affects the mind of the person and therefore their future life – you will only harm them, not help them.”

For more on this topic see Helping the dying a big responsibility.

Book Review – How to Enjoy Death by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Book Review – How to Enjoy Death by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

How to Enjoy Death
Preparing to Meet Life’s Final Challenge Without Fear

by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
compiled and edited by Robina Courtin
Wisdom Publications: Somerville USA 2016

Sooner or later, you will come face to face with your own death. And maybe before then, someone who is near and dear to you will die. Today you may say, “Oh, I’ll deal with death when the time comes. I’m not worried.” But when the end is near, for you or a loved one, chances are you will be upset, afraid, regretful of lost opportunities, unable to think straight, and not sure what to do.

That is when you can turn to this marvellous book, How to Enjoy Death, and easily find some simple advice, distilled into everyday language by Robina Courtin, from forty-five years of wise and practical teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

However, it may take a close brush with death for you to realize then that it may be too late to wait till the Lord of Death knocks on your door, and that what you really need to do is to prepare yourself now, without delay. With that positive motivation, there is no better reference book to guide your investigations and your actions than How to Enjoy Death.

It is a beautifully presented book, with gold edges to the pages and the feel of a precious resource. Why is it precious? Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains why from the Buddhist viewpoint, death is important: “Helping our loved ones at the time of death is the best service we can offer them, our greatest gift. Why? Because death is the most important time of life: it’s at death the next rebirth is determined.”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche begins by teaching us how to think about death and rebirth, the stages of the death process, and the spiritual opportunity that occurs as you die. Next, Rinpoche gives targeted advice on what to do before death, including what to see and touch, what to think about, what to hear, what to meditate on, and what to do when the breath stops. Next are clear instructions about what to do after the breath has stopped but the mind is still in the body. Lastly, Rinpoche explains what to do after the mind has left the body.

To sample the clarity and wisdom in Rinpoche’s book, follow the link to We Must Prepare for Death

Fiona Stanley Hospital – Pastoral Care Week – Meditation

Fiona Stanley Hospital – Pastoral Care Week – Meditation

Sue and Len participated in the Pastoral Care Week activity at Fiona Stanley Hospital yesterday, 25 October. All the brochures we took for Hayagriva Buddhist Centre and the Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha were distributed. A short meditation, entitled Simple practice for those who are sick or dying, was conducted.

Click here to read the text of the meditation Simple practice for those who are sick or dying (PDF)

Fiona Stanley Hospital – Pastoral Care Week – 25 Oct 2017

Fiona Stanley Hospital – Pastoral Care Week – 25 Oct 2017

Fiona Stanley Hospital – Pastoral Care Week
Wednesday 25th October, 11.30am – 1.30 pm

Fiona Stanley Hospital is holding a Pastoral Care Week and between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm on Wednesday 25 October. The Buddhist faith has been invited to make presentations to staff and visitors in a gazebo near the food court.

Dr Geetha Mendis from the Buddhist Society of WA is organising the event and invited us to participate. The program is given below.

Fiona Stanley Hospital – Pastoral Care Week
Wednesday 25th October, 11.30am – 1.30 pm

MC – Dennis Sheppard, Buddhist Society of WA

11.30 –
Introductory comments by MC, welcoming everyone to come to our presentation and ask questions. We will try to convey a flavour of Buddhism and the diversity of traditions within Buddhism due to its spread across many nations. Some guided meditations will be conducted for all to participate and experience inner peace and well being.
11.40 –
Loving Kindness Chant – a discourse by the Buddha, translated to English, chanted by Shamara
11.50 –
Songs from Thich Nhat Hahn , A Vietnamese Buddhist teacher. “breathing in, breathing out” – sung by Shamara
12.00 –
Guided Meditation- by Kanthi. Use of Loving Kindness and Mindfulness in daily life
12.15 –
“Can you hear the Mountain Stream?” A Zen Buddhist Poem – recited by Shamara, accompanied by harp.
12.30 –
A guided meditation for use by those caring for the sick – by Len, Hayagriva Tibetan Buddhist Centre
12.50 –
Loving Kindness Chant (repeat)- Shamara
1.00 –
Guided Meditation, learning to be in the present –by Dennis
1.20 –
Songs by Shamara and /or Tibetan Chanting
1.30 –
Closing Thank You.

Throughout the session the information desk will be attended. There will be finger foods, opportunities for questions, and free information booklets

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

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

Presentation by the Pure Land Project

Where: Hayagriva Buddhist Centre, 64 Banksia Tce, Kensington, 6023

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.