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October 2017

Practicing Dharma in Daily Life with Geshe Jinpa

October 14 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Many wonder how to apply the Buddha’s profound teachings on ideas such as universal love, karma, and wisdom in our daily lives. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says, first we need to develop a clear understanding of the teachings, and next we need to make a difference by applying them to our personal circumstances. The Buddha’s teachings are intended to be practical guidance for living — they are the means by which we free ourselves from suffering and…

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How To Meditate with Ven. Tenzin Palmo

October 28 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venerable Tenzin will give an overview of meditation and a short introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She will explain what meditation is and is not, the purpose and benefits of meditation, different types of meditation techniques, and how to meditate in order to reduce destructive emotions and cultivate positive ones. Teaching sessions will be alternated with short meditation sessions. Ordained in 2009, in 2014 Ven. Tenzin graduated from the FPMT Basic Program of Buddhist Studies at Lama Tsong Khapa`s…

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November 2017

Weekend Course: examining the ultimate and conventional Awakening Mind with Uldis Balodis

November 4 at 10:00 am - November 5 at 4:00 pm

At the beginning of the course we will examine the four Noble Truths, the pillars of all paths taught by Buddha. Then the main topics we will examine and meditate on will be the methods for developing the ultimate and conventional aspects of the awakening mind of bodhicitta. The realisation of ultimate bodhicitta, emptiness-only, has the power to liberate ourselves from all suffering and dissatisfaction. We will look at the indivisibility of the ultimate and conventional ways of viewing how…

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WHAT IS HAPPINESS? (and how to find it) with Ven. Robina Courtin

November 12 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

How do we shed our habitual anxiety, stress, blame, guilt and depression? In this dynamic one day workshop, Ven. Robina will explain how we can learn to find more happiness and peace of mind in the craziness of this world. Ordained since the late 1970’s, Ven. Robina travels the world teaching Buddhist psychology and philosophy, and helping those in need. Thousands of people globally have been inspired by Ven. Robina’s unique and distinctive teaching approach. Please join us for a…

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Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism with Geshe Dhokun

November 18 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Topics will include ego, meditation, ethics and compassion. This course is suitable for beginners and for those wanting a thorough understanding of Buddhist practice and theory. HBMC is happy to include Geshe Dhokun as one of our respected teachers. Geshe-la joined Kopan Monastery at an early age and holds a Geshe, or Masters degree. We ask for a donation of 750 rupees to help cover our costs.

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December 2017

Becoming Your Own Therapist with Uldis Balodis

December 2 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

No one can heal your mind and emotions except you. No therapist or guru can go inside your head and change unhelpful mental habits and patterns we continually confront. But this does not mean you cannot create a healthier, happier and more balanced mental state to live a more meaningful life. In this one day workshop you will: Learn techniques to still the mind Explore a 2500-year time-tested psychology Learn Lasting Solutions, not “feel-good” band aids Become familiar with your…

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Teaching at Kopan Monastery Dec 5 – Dec 12 2017

December 8 at 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

HBMC’s Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, is teaching at Kopan Monastery from 3:30 pm during the last days of the November Course annually held at Kopan. The teachings will end on December 12th, and a Long Life Puja will be offered to Rinpoche on December 14th, starting at 8am at Kopan Monastery. This is a precious opportunity to receive direct teachings from Rinpoche. All are welcome to attend, the teachings are free.

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Tibetan Buddhism: A Practical Approach with Uldis Balodis

December 9 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A beginner’s exploration of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and simple meditation instruction. Beginning with the Four Noble Truths taught by Buddha Shakyamuni, to an explanation of ego and attachment, and the methods we can use to help use overcome our suffering. Uldis Balodis was born in Australia in 1949 of Latvian immigrant parents. Already interested in Buddhism in his early 20’s, he met and attended courses with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe in 1974 and founded Tara House…

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Guided Meditation

December 16 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A simple guided meditation using mindfulness as the base. Lead by an experienced Western student. By donation.

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Developing Bodhicitta with Ven. Tenzin Palmo

December 16 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Being a bodhisattva is contingent upon developing a certain attitude, called bodhichitta (literally ‘awakening mind’); Bodhichitta is the attitude of wanting to become a Buddha in order to benefit all sentient beings. It becomes the driving force behind all our Dharma practice, in the Mahayana tradition. Taught by Ven. Tenzin Palmo from the Kopan Nunnery. A donation of 750 rupees is requested to help us cover costs for this course.

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