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Introductory Meditation Series: Meditations for Clarity, Calmness and Compassion

From July 14  to September 15 (Except Father’s Day on 1 Sept)

What is the most important thing for leading a happy and meaningful state of life?

Without question – our own mind.  If our minds are too busy, too self-focused, too easily upset, we can barely find the space to get by, let alone find contentment and form warm and supportive relationships with others.  On the other hand, if we can bring more calmness and mental clarity into our experience of the world, and allow our natural good heart to be a stronger force in our lives, our physical and mental wellbeing is greatly improved.

The most powerful method of developing positive states of mind and letting go of negative states of mind is meditation.  Meditation has been practised for thousands of years, and in the Buddhist tradition, the methods for generating insight into our own mind, and developing it in a positive direction, take a central place.  These methods can be learned by anyone, whether practising within any religious or philosophical tradition or not.

Drawing on the practical instructions from Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s most widely read book, Essence of the Path to Enlightenment, this course will give you a basic familiarity with the main types of meditation practice, presented within the Buddhist understanding of mind and its potential.

Each week’s session includes guided meditation and an introduction to concepts such as mind, living with change, happiness and its causes and cultivation of the attitudes of compassion and love.  It’s intended for people new to meditation or those who are already familiar with it.


Martin Horan (right) studied over many years with the Society’s spiritual guide and founder, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden. He is a regular teacher at the Melbourne centre and a Director of the Society.



Michael Joseph (left) was a student of the famous scholar Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden from 1977 until Geshe-la’s passing in 2011. Michael received teachings on many of the great Tibetan Buddhist texts. He has been teaching since 1981. Michael also studied from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, and his eminence Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Michael has worked as a consultant with many of Australia’s largest corporations. He brings an analytical and scientific approach to his explanation of Buddhist meditation and principles.


Michael will teach the classes from 14 July to 4 August and Martin the classes from 11 August to 15 September (except Father’s Day).


Classes are held in our beautiful peaceful Tibetan temple from 1.30 to 3 pm. Come along to any class in the series. Everyone is welcome. We’ve got comfortable seating including chairs and meditation cushions. Class is followed by afternoon tea for those who’d like to stay. Facility charge is $10 with proceeds supporting the temple. For more information please call 9333 1770 or email

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