Teaching Program

Our teaching program comprises weekly classes, regular courses and a number of annual retreats. Please see below for further information and refer to our calendar page for term dates.

Path to Enlightenment

Sundays 4 pm to 5.30 pm (During teaching terms)

Please note that this class is primarily aimed at adults. Therefore we recommend that those attending be teenagers and upwards.

The Foundation of Tibetan Buddhism

The Path to Enlightenment is a core text in Tibetan Buddhism.  It presents the Buddha’s main teachings in a clear, step-by-step format, with each stage serving as a foundation for the next.  The Path to Enlightenment may also be likened to a practice manual, providing a wide range of different techniques appropriate for a variety of circumstances.  These help us cultivate greater happiness and inner peace in our daily lives, while leading towards the ultimate objective of enlightenment.

The Buddha recognised that all of us must deal with negative mental states including stress, anxiety, delusion and depression.

By gaining an understanding of how these negative thought patterns cause and contribute to our dissatisfaction and unhappiness,  The Path to Enlightenment provides antidotes to these states through the practice of both formal meditation as well as other mind-training techniques.

This class is ideal for both experienced students as well as those who have completed an introduction course or who have a basic understanding of Buddhism.  The teachings & meditations for this class come from The Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism, a comprehensive text written by Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden.

Registration for this class is not necessary.

We suggest a $10 donation towards the temple running costs.

 

Vajrayana Classes

VYClass

Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.00pm (During teaching terms)

Please note that in order to attend these classes you must have received the Solitary Hero Yamantaka and Vajrayogini Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments in the Gelug tradition.

Highest Yoga Tantra

On alternating weeks, our resident teacher Les Sheehy provides teachings on and leads the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Solitary Hero Yamantaka and Vajrayogini. Having the opportunity to practise Yamantaka and Vajrayogini is extremely rare. It is even more extraordinary to be able to receive regular guidance from such an experienced practitioner as Les, who has received extensive teachings from Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, and has completed and lead numerous close retreats over the past twenty three years.

To be able to attend these teachings students must have a sound basis in the study and meditations of the Path to Enlightenment, and a deep commitment to their Buddhist practice. Each class includes sadhana practice, instructions and guided meditation, and on Vajrayogini nights – Wheel of Offering (tsog) practice.

In addition to weekly practice, each year in July Les leads either a two week Yamantaka retreat or a three week Vajrayogini retreat. During the retreat we complete the required mantra commitments and the retreat concludes with a traditional fire puja.

These classes are based on Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s Yamantaka commentary “Ocean of Indivisible Method and Wisdom”, and his Vajrayogini commentary “Path to the Union of Clear Light and Illusory Body”.

As the weeks alternate between Yamantaka and Vajrayogini, please see our calendar to confirm the class for a particular day.

Registration for this class is not necessary.

We suggest a $10 donation towards the temple running costs.

 

Introduction to Buddhism

Next Course - Commencing Sunday March 8th, 2020

Four consecutive Sunday mornings – 10.00am to 12.30pm. Course cost $120 – Registration Essential.

This course will cover:

  • Guided meditation instruction to increase relaxation, clarity and positive emotions

  • Buddhist approaches to a more positive, contented and compassionate life

  • An explanation of Buddhist views including the nature of the mind, karma, impermanence & death, compassion and enlightenment

  • The Buddhist view of the spiritual potential of the mind and how this is realised.

This series is intended for anyone interested in understanding Buddhist approaches to a happier life, the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy and psychology, as well as learning several meditation techniques.

Each day includes two sessions with a morning tea break in between. We provide course notes and there is the opportunity for questions, allowing for clarification of any of the topics. 

Our Introduction to Buddhism courses are taught by senior Tibetan Buddhist Society students, all of whom have been practising Buddhism for many years.

The course will be based on Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s, Essence of the Path to Enlightenment which available for purchase from our bookshop. 

If the you would like to attend a future Introductory Course, click here and complete the contact form – please put “Next Intro Course” in the message field. Once we have something scheduled we will be in contact by email.

Learn to Meditate Seminar

WaterDrop

Next Course - Sunday February 23rd, 2020

10.00am to 3pm. Course cost $120 – Registration Essential

Calm Your Mind

Meditation is a tool to develop ethics, generosity, patience, the thought of concern for others, and to eliminate dysfunctional, neurotic thought patterns.

This one-day seminar introduces several basic meditation techniques effective for overcoming the debilitating symptoms of stress and unhappiness, and enhancing the quality of life and relationships.

The aim of meditation is not merely to become calm or tranquil – we need to also transform the mind.

This course will be facilitated by David Michie,  author of the Dalai Lama’s Cat novels,  Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate and many more . Internationally known, his books are available in 28 languages in over 40 countries.

Sessions consist of guided meditation introducing special methods for relaxing the mind and body. Instructions are given in the practical application of the meditation techniques to every day life situations

Morning tea and lunch are included and we also provide course notes.

This is not a religious course, and people of any faith can meditate.

If the you would like to attend a future Learn to Meditate Seminar, click here and complete the contact form – please put “Next Seminar” in the message field. Once we have something scheduled we will be in contact by email.Learn

Retreats

At the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Perth we hold a number of annual retreats of varying lengths and on various topics. Most retreats will be suitable for students of all levels, however some Vajrayana retreats will have pre-requisites which will be detailed below.

Upcoming Retreats

3 days – From Good Friday April 10th to Sunday April 12th

During our Easter retreat this year Les will give teachings on ways to purify negative karma using the four opponent powers. He will also give teachings on the practice of Vajrasattva meditation.

This retreat is suitable for both new students and advanced students. New students should have a basic understanding of Buddhism and some experience with Path to Enlightenment teachings such as attending our Sunday afternoon classes.

All meals are provided and limited onsite accommodation is available. Part time attendance is available for this retreat.

Applications for this retreat are now available.

Please download the Retreat Information Sheet & the Retreat Application in your preferred format.

Click here to download the Retreat Information Sheet
Click here to download the Retreat Application in MS-Word fill-in format
Click here to download the Retreat Application in printable pdf format

8 days – From Saturday May 30th to Saturday June 6th

During this retreat Les will be covering many Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. He will be guiding meditations and will teach extensively from Geshe Loden’s “Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism”.

This retreat is suitable for both new students and advanced students and there are no pre-requisites.

All meals are provided and limited onsite accommodation is available. Part time attendance is available for this retreat.

Applications for this retreat will be available early in term two. Please check back later or contact us for further information.

3 weeks – From Saturday July 11th to Saturday August 1st 

On alternate years, we hold either a Solitary Hero Yamantaka retreat or a Vajrayogini retreat.

This year we are holding a three week close retreat on the practice of Venerable Vajrayogini following the lineage of Mahasiddha Naropa.

During this retreat Les will teach extensively from Geshe Loden’s extraordinary Vajrayogini commentary “Path to Illusory Body & Clear Light”. and will guide meditation sessions. Students will complete the required mantra commitment and the retreat will conclude with a traditional fire puja.

All meals are provided and limited onsite accommodation is available. Part time attendance in one week blocks may be possible, please contact our office to discuss this.

To be able to attend this retreat you must have received the appropriate Highest Yoga Tantra initiation of Vajrayogini in the Gelug tradition and have some experience with the practice.

Applications for this retreat will be available early in term two. Please check back later or contact us for further information.

2 weeks – From Saturday September 19th to Saturday October 3rd

On alternate years, we hold either a Solitary Hero Yamantaka retreat or a Vajrayogini retreat.

This year we are holding a two week close retreat on the practice of Solitary Hero Yamantaka that will be lead by Les Sheehy, the resident teacher at the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Perth. 

During this retreat Les will teach extensively from Geshe Loden’s remarkable Yamantaka commentary “Ocean of Indivisible Method & Wisdom” and will guide meditation sessions. Students will complete the required mantra commitment and the retreat will conclude with a traditional fire puja.

All meals are provided and limited onsite accommodation is available.

To be able to attend this retreat you must have received the appropriate Highest Yoga Tantra initiation of Solitary Hero Yamantaka in the Gelug tradition and have some experience with the practice.

For further information about this retreat  please contact the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Melbourne

Email: contact@tushita.org 

8 Days – From Saturday January 2nd to Saturday January 9th

Our annual Mahamudra retreat has become a popular event on our calendar. This retreat comprises teachings and meditations on understanding and experiencing the conventional nature of mind, as well as the ultimate nature of mind, self and phenomena.

This retreat is suitable for both new students and advanced students. New students should have a basic understanding of Buddhism and some experience with Path to Enlightenment teachings such as attending our Sunday afternoon classes.

All meals are provided and limited onsite accommodation is available. Part time attendance in the first four days is possible and must include the first Saturday. 

Applications for this retreat will be available early in term four. Please check back later or contact us for further information.