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.