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The Buddhist Path: Four Friends for the Journey

New Path to Enlightenment series
with Pam Martin

from Sunday 4pm 2 May

The teacher of the Path to Enlightenment series for the next six weeks – in May and June – is Pam Martin, a long time student of the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s founder, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden.

Pam explains the series:

“What a delight the first six sessions of the new Path to Enlightenment teachings in 2021 have been.  An overview was presented of Buddhism and the Preliminary Teachings in Part One of Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s marvellous text Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism.

Over the next six sessions, with Geshe-la’s precious text as our Guide, let’s take the first steps on our Buddhist journey, the Path to Enlightenment. 

As we head off, the question is who can we take with us to support us on this Path?  What will encourage us if we become downhearted?  Who will guide us if we lose our way?

In this course, we’ll get to know Four Friends to invite on our Buddhist journey.  Friends that can provide inspiration, wise advice and good company. 

Let me introduce you to them now.

–       Our first friend is found in the teachings in Guru Yoga.  We’ll continue Anna’s teachings of that part.

Then we’ll meet the three other reliable companions,

–       Meditation, the how to’s and the insights that meditation can bring.

–       The awe and wonder of the Leisure and Fortune teachings.

–       The inspiration in teachings on Death and Impermanence.

What better friends could we have for this marvellous journey!

All are welcome to join us for the sessions.”

The Path to Enlightenment series presents the Buddha’s teachings as an accessible and vital living tradition of mental and spiritual development.

The course starts this year at the beginning of the main text Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism, by the great scholar and meditator, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden.

You will explore the stages of spiritual practice from the beginning to more advanced meditation and practical teachings on achieving enlightenment – the greatest expression of human potential.

Class dates are 2, 16, 23 and 30 May, 2 and 20 June. No classes on Sunday 9 May as Mother’s Day and 13 June due to Queen’s Birthday weekend retreat (info pending)

Course background

The course commenced in March with a Path to Enlightenment overview series with Ven Anna Goldstein. Pam Martin’s current course, The Buddhist Path, Four Friends for the Journey, is in May and June.

Martin Horan will cover the final two terms of 2021 investigating topics like the causes of suffering and karma. These three teachers are all long-term students of the founder of the Tibetan Buddhist Society, Venerable Geshe Loden.

The classes online and at the centre are being offered free of charge in this era of COVID. However, if you would like to make a donation for the class, click the link here. As a guide, if you would like to donate, our facility charge for classes at the centre in the past has been $10 per session.​


We will clean used surfaces between sessions and serve refreshments as instructed by Government guidelines.

The Tibetan Buddhist Society has a COVID-Safe Plan to meet the Government’s COVID safe requirements. Read more to learn about our COVID requirements here.

Accessing our online classes

To access the online session link please search for Tibetan Buddhist Society YouTube channel, or here’s the link –

For regular reminders of our live stream classes subscribe to the Tibetan Buddhist Society YouTube channel. You can also view our previous 2021 and 2020 Introduction classes and the 2020 Path to Enlightenment classes here.