Tibetan Buddhist Society

The Tibetan Buddhist Society aims to make the methods taught by Tibetan Buddhism available in the West and to create greater harmony by encouraging meditation practice.

The great Tibetan Buddhist master and scholar Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden founded the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Australia in 1979. After more than 30 years of dedication and devotion to developing the Society our peerless teacher, vajra master and guide passed away in August 2011, aged 88. Please find here a special tribute to Venerable Geshe Loden.

The Society is a charitable, non-profit organisation, with four centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. The Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre in Melbourne exists to:

- offer students lifelong opportunities to study Buddhist meditation, philosophy and psychology

- provide international access to the great Tibetan Buddhist lineage teachings through Geshe Loden’s books published by Tushita Publications

- enrich the community by cultivating compassion, ethics, inspiration and energy

- enable visitors to enjoy greater inner peace and relief from stress and ill-health

- maintain an international centre of learning embracing the values of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet

- connect our community with the true legacy of Tibet

The Peaceful Land of Joy is home to the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed the temple during his Australian tour of 2002. 

Tushita Publications

Tushita Publications was established to preserve the Buddhist teachings, as passed through the great lineage masters to Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden. Geshe-la places great emphasis on ensuring his books provide reliable translations and accurate interpretations of the original Indian and Tibetan texts.

Great Treasury of Mahamudra Great Treasury of Mahamudra
This latest title from Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden presents the essence of meditating on emptiness from various perspectives within the sutra and tantra systems.

Hardcover, 588 pages 4 colour photos, 31 original line illustrations
Price: Aust. $150

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Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism
This extensive commentary is primarily drawn from Je Tsong Khapa’s Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path.

Hardcover, 1097 pages 4 colour photos, 26 original line illustrations
Price: Aust. $130

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Meditations on the Path to Enlightenment Meditations on the Path to Enlightenment
Emphasises the meditation techniques necessary to build a personal meditation practice and to develop the realisations of the Mahayana path.

601 pages, 4 colour photos, 20 line illustrations.
Price: Aust. $75

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Essence of the Path to Enlightenment Essence of the Path to Enlightenment
The Essence of the Path to Enlightenment presents, in a condensed form, Je Tsong Khapa’s classic explanation of the Buddha’s teachings.

344 pages, 4 colour photos, 16 line illustrations
Price: Aust. $50

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Fundamental Potential for Enlightenment Fundamental Potential for Enlightenment
Analyses the potential for enlightenment from the perspectives of the two main schools of Mahayana thought the Mind-Only school and the Middle Way school.

310 pages, 4 colour photos, 11 line illustrations
Price: Aust. $49

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Ocean of Indivisible Method and Wisdom Ocean of Indivisible Method and Wisdom
A comprehensive explanation of the tantric paths, grounds,and the Yamantaka generation and completion stages.

Hardcover, 441 pages, 4 colour photos, 25 line illustrations
Price: Aust. $120

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Path to the Union of Clear Light and Illusory Body Path to the Union of Clear Light and Illusory Body
An explanation of the eleven generation stages and special completion stage techniques as well as Vajrayogini's unique and most subtle body mandala.

Hardcover, 615 pages, 4 colour photos, 27 line illustrations
Price: Aust. $140

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Great Treasure of the Six Yogas of Naropa Great Treasure of the Six Yogas of Naropa
Presented as the yoga of inner fire, illusory body yoga, bardo yoga, clear light yoga, the yoga of consciousness transference and the yoga of forcible projection.

Hardcover, 600 pages, 4 colour photos, 27 line illustrations
Price: Aust. $150

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Prayers for the Path of Indivisble Great Bliss and Emptiness Prayers for the Path of Indivisble Great Bliss and Emptiness
A collection of prayers and sadhana's used at the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

Hardcover, 261 pages, 11 colour photos, 19 line illustrations.
Price: Aust. $100

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Teaching program

Sundays 1.30 to 3.00 pm - Introduction to Meditation

During these classes a variety of meditation techniques are introduced, including breathing meditation, visualisation and analytical meditation. The fundamental Buddhist principles of cause and effect, impermanence, love, compassion and the nature of human experience are explained drawing from texts by the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s Founder, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, Essence of the Path to Enlightenment and Meditations on the Path to Enlightenment. All welcome.

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Victorian Multicultural Commission support We are pleased to thank the Victorian Multicultural Commission for an organisational support grant that it has provided to assist with our introductory meditation and philosophy lecture series. 

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Path to Enlightenment

Path to Enlightenment classes with Martin Horan at 4pm on Sundays from 9 March.

Comprising teaching and guided meditation, this series provides practical instruction on all the key Buddhist concepts and practices based on Geshe Loden’s authoritative text, Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism. Engaging in the path to enlightenment is the only assured method for progressing from the initial stages of a beginner, through to the attitudes of refuge and renunciation, the mind of enlightenment, to the wisdom perceiving ultimate truth and finally Buddhahood. Path to enlightenment practice also is the key to achieving peacefulness and contentment and a strong mind able to cope with any kind of adversity. All welcome. More details...

Vajrayogini Practice

Vajrayogini classes at 7.30pm on Mondays with Michael Joseph from 10 March.

For students who have received empowerment, these sessions comprise the practice of the Vajaryogini sadhana and tsog offering. 

Yamantaka Practice

Yamantaka classes at 7.30pm on Wednesdays with Jean D'Cruz from 12 March.

For students who have received empowerment, these sessions comprise the practice of the Yamantaka sadhana.

Meditation class Thursday evening 7.30 - 9 pm from 13 March - with Anthony Joseph

Saturdays 7.30 to 9.00 pm - Discussion Group

These sessions provide an opportunity to explore the various topics presented in Geshe Loden’s foundation text Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism. All welcome. 

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Retreats

Each year the Tibetan Buddhist Society holds a New Year retreat, a calm abiding Easter Retreat,a Queen's Birthday Weekend Retreat and a Vajrayana Retreat in late September and early October for advanced students. Please contact Jean D'Cruz on 9333 1770 or via contact@tushita.org if you would like to attend a retreat or seminar.

Calm Abiding and Good Heart retreat Friday 18 - 21 April 2014

The Easter retreat will focus on the practice of calm abiding. The retreat comprises six guided meditation sessions each day and time to relax in the magnificent gardens and talk with fellow students. This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners. The retreat leader is Martin Horan.

Queen’s Birthday Retreat - Finding Peace through Mindfulness  7 - 9 June 2014

This topic of this retreat will be Happiness through Good Heart, examining the minds of great love and great compassion. This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners. It will be led by Michael Joseph. 

Yamantaka Retreat - Sunday 21 September to Saturday 4 October

This retreat will focus on the highest yoga tantra practice of Yamantaka during which participants complete the recitation of 100,000 mantras during six daily sessions, culminating in a fire puja. To attend the retreat it is necessary to have received Yamantaka empowerment. For more information contact Jean on phone or email above.