Welcome To Hayagriva Buddhist Centre
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 since October 2021, Australian Venerable Thubten Chökyi, was ordained in 2006 by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche having been his student since 1990. Venerable Chökyi has held several senior posts at FPMT centres in Australia and international positions within the FPMT.
Our Centre has been operating for more than 25 years, is a non-profit organisation incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA), is financed by donations and run by volunteers.
Contact us on phone +61 (0)8 9367 4817 or send us a message here.
Centre Office open 10am – 2pm, Monday through Saturday*
*Centre opening hours are subject to volunteer availability. Please phone to confirm.
“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.
Timeline of Hayagriva Buddhist Centre
|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.
|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.
|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.
|In the late 1980s the Centre moves to a unit above the business of a student in Belmont.
|In 1996 the Centre moves to an office of another student in Burswood.
|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.
|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.
|Australian-born monk, Ven Thubten Dondrub, becomes our resident teacher.
|The Wheel of Life Hospice is formed and based at the Centre.
|The Centre purchases the house next door to our temple as a residence for our teacher.
|Geshe Ngawang Sonam joins Ven Dondrub to teach at the Centre.
|Ven Dondrub is appointed as the resident teacher of Buddha House, the FPMT centre in Adelaide.
|Geshe Sonam decides to return to India and retire from his role at Hayagriva due to ill health.
|Ven Thubten Chökyi is appointed resident teacher at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre.