This introductory series will be delivered in two parts. You can attend either or both, as each has a different focus.
Part One 3, 10 & 17 Feb 2019, led by Michael Joseph
Part Two 3, 24 & 31 March 2019, led by Rosie McKew
Understanding the mind – Part One
Many people believe that happiness and unhappiness depend on conditions. If we have good conditions, we are happy, but bad conditions produce unhappiness.
However, the Buddhist view is different. It holds that ultimately happiness completely depends on the mind. If our mind is agitated, miserable or anxious we have no joy.
If we are open, relaxed and insightful we have mental equanimity and sustained happiness. These three classes introduce the mind, explain that its nature is clarity and awareness and that through removing mental defilements unhappiness is eliminated and joy cultivated.
Course teacher, Michael Joseph 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.
Cultivating mindfulness and meditation – Part Two
These classes introduce a number of methods for improving mindfulness, memory and concentration. They explain- how to develop a meditation practice, and also how to apply mind-training techniques to overcome problems and to cultivate a happy open-hearted disposition.
Course teacher, Rosie McKew studied for many years with the Society’s founder and spiritual guide Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, including all the teachings in the program, delivered by Geshe-la and did many different retreats. Rosie is a qualified pharmacist and works in both pharmacy and the broader health sector.