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I dangled my toes into Budhism. June 22, 2010

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Tibetan Buddhist Society

The temple and residence

After much negotiation, procrastination and finally some self preservation, I attended a weekend meditation reteat, staying in the residence of the Tibetan Buddhist Temple here in Melbourne.

It was one of those experiences that you aren’t quite sure you are enjoying, until you get home 3 days later and reflect on the wonderful peace and insight you have had.

The residential home was an education in itself. Meeting people who have tossed aside the traditional notions of one house, one family, fences and “mine and yours”. 20 people live at the the temples residence. They go to work, live their lives, assist and serve their extended communal family and teacher,  and keep the temple and gardens running.

We spent 6 hours of each day listening to buddhist teachings and meditating. Those of you who know me know silence is a challenge. And to take that silence and turn it into a silent reflection of your own thoughts, worries and perceptions is confronting, confusing and eventually enlightening.

My perception of Budhist teachings(so far)?? It’s all the beautiful, positive teachings we all learnt as children. Love, respect, careing for others, working together for the greater good, patience, compassion, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But packaged into a really pretty box of reflection. It also promotes all the basic principles and mechanics of modern psychology. – How you percieve things differently to other people, how you react to those perceptions, how you can control those reactions for a better outcome.

I did enjoy my stay at the Tibetan Budhist Society and would definitely do it again in the future. I think “meditation with meaning” is important in our fast paced modern world.

My family coped just fine without me for one weekend too. Though, they were a bit bewildered by my calm demeaner and regular chant of -“patience” -for a few days.

The gardens are open to the community four times each year – at the Tibetan New Year festival, the Buddhist Spring festival and the two Rose Garden Open Day weekends. The next Open Day Weekend will be on November 21st and 22nd 2010. 

the Society holds a variety of classes including instruction on how to meditate, Buddhist philosophy and advanced Vajrayana practices. The Society’s main centre is the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre in Melbourne.


Workshops and events calendar 2010. June 7, 2010

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Weekly sessions:

Tai Chi
Tuesday         11.30am – Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, Epsom Rd Ascot Vale.
Wednesday   1.30pm – Bowes Ave Community Centre, Niddrie.
Friday             9.30am – Bowing Reserve, Strathmore.
Easy exercise
Tuesday         9.15am – Bowing Reserve, Strathmore.
Bollywood Boogie
Wednesday   1130am – Kellaway AveCommunity Centre, Moonee Ponds.
Friday             11.00am – Bowes Ave Community Centre, Niddrie.
Wednesday   6pm   – Yaraville Community Centre.

Upcoming events:

Lancefield day adventure – Monday, July 26, 2010.
Leaving at 9.30am. We will travel to the quiet area of Lancefield to take in nature, practice Tai Chi, experience alternative meditation, breathing exercises and Martial Arts at the WuLin Retreat.Includes Lunch and all teachings. $105.

“Spring into Spring” – September, 2010.
Womens Health and Wellness Seminar Breakfast.

In-Balance Health Module”, Yarraville, Melbourne – October 16, 2010.
A full day of fun and enlightenment. Working on a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Happy Heart.
$80.Yarraville Community Centre.

“In-Balance Health Module” , Ararat, Victoria – November 6, 2010.
A full day of fun and enlightenment. Working on a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Happy Heart.
Venue:Ararat West Primary School Hall.

“Meditation Day Retreat” – Monday, November 30, 2010.
A day of enlightenment, peace, beginners meditation and relaxation teachings, at a local Melbourne Buddhist Temple. $40.

More information for these events will follow soon. If you are interested, want more information, or would like to book a place in an event,
Please email lisa on


Wellbeing is once again restored. June 4, 2010

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The weekend was again a big hit. We had the privilege of guest speaker, Rhonda Bonham, presenting Languages of Love and relationships. Perhaps we could be credited for saving a few marriages too.

The wonderful Judy White spoiled each and every guest with a personal colour analysis. So everyone will now be glowing in their signature colours and will never look drab again.

Janet Schwartz and Rebecca Pryor pampered and informed ladies with skin type analysis and facials.

And I once again shaked and jiggled, calmed and meditated, boogied and chimmied, and generally bossed everyone around.

We know you all enjoyed yourself and hope you took home a new energy and a few new thoughts to work on in your own life. Please look after your new little pet and think of us and your mantra when you admire it each day.

View the slide show of photos at:

If you couldn’t make it to this years weekend retreat, all of these workshops are available to you

and your friends anytime. You could arrange your own mini retreat with friends or attend one of the public workshop dates coming up this year.

Look at the ‘Retreats & workshops’ section of this site for ideas and contact me for more information.

We’d love to hear your feedback. Please leave your suggestions, ideas, or comments.