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 - See our calendar for details)

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

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Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.00pm (During teaching terms - See our calendar for details)

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 led 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 - Term 2, 2021

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

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Next Course - Term One 2021 - Date to be Advised

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.

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.

* Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 our retreats may be cancelled or modified to comply with any regulations in place at the time.

Upcoming Retreats

8 Days – From Saturday January 9th to Saturday January 16th 

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.

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. 

This retreat is not suitable for students without experience in Path to Enlightenment teachings. 

With the potential for changes due to COVID-19, we are offering “register now & pay later” for this retreat. We expect to make a decision on whether the retreat will proceed as scheduled towards the end of November. We will then contact you to advise payment is due and inform you of the available payment options.

Download the application and retreat information for completing and returning by email HERE 

Download the application and retreat information for printing, completing and returning HERE

3 Days – From Good Friday, April 2nd to Sunday April 4th

This retreat will be comprised of teachings and meditations on ways to purify karma using the four opponent powers. Les will also teach and guide meditations on the practice of Vajrasattva.

All meals are provided and limited onsite accommodation is available.

New students should have a basic understanding of Buddhism and some experience with Path to Enlightenment teachings such as our Sunday afternoon classes.

Further information and retreat applications will be available in term one, 2021.

3 Weeks – From Saturday July 10th to July 31st.

A retreat on the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Venerable Vajrayogini following the lineage of Mahasiddha Naropa. This retreat will include teachings and meditation sessions and students will complete the required mantra commitments. The retreat will then 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 Vajrayogini in the Gelug tradition and have some experience with the practice.

Further information and retreat applications will be available in term two, 2021.