Buddhist Wisdom – Cutting Unhappiness at it’s Source

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We naturally believe that happiness depends on circumstances, and the way to greater happiness is through achieving better and better conditions. The Buddhist view is that this approach is inevitably unsatisfactory.

Happiness depends on mind

The Buddhist view is that happiness and unhappiness depend on mind. Whilst under the influence of negative attitudes such as craving, anger, conceit and jealousy, our mind is without peace, and we are unhappy. The means for treating these negative attitudes then is to train the mind, to develop positive minds that reduce and ultimately eliminate negative emotions.

Three wisdoms 

The fundamental source of the negative minds, and consequently all unhappiness, is ignorance. By reducing our misconceptions our ignorance diminishes. The way to reduce ignorance is through developing wisdom – developing the wisdom of hearing, thinking and meditation. This one-day retreat introduces these three types of wisdom, discusses the fundamental misconceptions that fuel our unhappiness, and outlines the path to overcoming ignorance.

Michael Joseph will lead this October one-day retreat. Michael is a long-time student of the Society’s founder and spiritual guide, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden. 

The retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.


There will be four guided meditation sessions including an explanation of the practice. The retreat timetable will be:

Session 1:    9.15 – 10.30am   

Morning tea beak

Session 2:   11.15am – 12.30pm    

Lunch break

Session 3:   2.15 – 3.30pm    

Afternoon tea break

Session 4:   4.15 – 5.15pm


Tibetan Buddhist Society members can redeem their annual Retreat discount voucher for this event. If you would like to become a member, click here.

For more information about the retreat, please email events@tushita.org

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