Traditional Tibetan Temple



Saturday 6th June 2009 was a major milestone for the Tibetan Buddhist Society (WA), with a formal blessing ceremony marking the official opening of our new temple. Our Spiritual Head and Leader, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, along with a group of monks, nuns and students from the Melbourne and Sydney Tibetan Buddhist Society centres travelled to Perth to celebrate the opening of the temple.

Around 2000 visitors attended the event which was held in glorious sunshine on our twelve and a half acre property at Herne Hill in the Swan Valley and we were delighted to welcome a large number of sangha from various Buddhist traditions as well as State and Federal members of parliament and local City of Swan dignitaries.

Geshe-la delivered the opening ceremony address and spoke of the great joy he feels that there are now two Traditional Tibetan temples in Australia - places to preserve the precious pure Mahayana Buddhist teachings and for students to learn about Buddhist meditation and philosophy as a basis for developing the special human qualities of kindness, compassion and care for others.

Geshe-la also spoke of the continuous effort of Margaret and Les Sheehy who began the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Perth at his request almost 30 years ago, and their dedicated students who have worked so energetically to establish the temple and gardens.