Meditation classes Melbourne

Learn to meditate at our introductory classes or

join our advanced classes to continue developing.

Toby Gillies, a Tibetan Buddhist monk teaching meditation in Melbourne

Classes from the Buddhist monk, 

Venerable Toby Gillies.

Introductory class next Tuesday

Find out about our introduction to meditation sessions

Meditation classes in Melbourne

  • From beginner to advanced
  • Start at your own level
  • Guidance for a personal approach
  • Drawn from traditional sources
  • Enjoyable learning environment
  • No limits on what you can achieve
  • Authentic proven methods
  • Experienced teacher
  • Centrally located in Hawthorn

Meditation in the search for bliss

Are you interested in learning meditation in Melbourne? If so, learning to meditate from an experienced and authentic meditation teacher sets meditation practice in its true context. You find a path to ever greater happiness, joy and bliss. In a meditative state, we have increasing freedom from stress, pressure and suffering, and move instead towards peace, happiness and bounty.

The real purpose of meditation and mindfulness practice is to help us feel great. It is to release us from limitation and unpleasant experiences, from bad habits and suffering, and guide us instead towards happiness, relaxation and peace within.

Meditation takes us to a natural level of happiness in the form of a constant sense of bliss. This comes from within no matter what is happening around you in life. It is just always there, ever available to you, when cultivated through meditation classes.

Learning meditation

Learn meditation and mindfulness from the ground up. Meditate with a Buddhist monk.

Shape your life to bring greater happiness, success, wisdom and peace.

Learn the actual meditations of the Dalai Lama as taught by the first monk, the Buddha.

No prior experience required. Over a meditation course of eight weeks you will learn the basics.

Advanced classes for experienced meditators as well.

About Our Melbourne Meditation classes

Take a breath, create time and space, and relax. Enter into the wonderful stillness, peace and calm that awaits you in meditation with Toby Gillies’ meditation in Melbourne. From the beginner-friendly Intro to Meditation to advanced Buddhist classes, a meditation class is available to all Melbournians that would like to become a student wishing to explore the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.

Meditation Techniques from Tibetan Buddhism

Toby Gillies’ meditation classes, both intro and advanced, are guided by the values of Tibetan Buddhism, sutra and tantra. The progressive structure of methods leading to enlightenment begins with single pointed concentration (samadhi), which leads to calm abiding (samatha). We then combine calm abiding and insight (vipassana) to realise ultimate truth and thus complete freedom, bliss and peace.

Introductory classes in 2018

Through these meditation classes you will notice the effect of regular practice. First, we reduce our sense of stress and anxiety. Then we find a new sense of stillness and calm. Most of all, with mindfulness we can then extend the benefits of meditation into all parts of our lives.

Meditation is a spiritual journey. In the first place we conquer our fears. With that, our emotions become positive.

Regular practice releases us from the hold of negativity and limitation.

Mindful living brings a new awareness of ourselves and those we interact with. We thus get to know the workings of our mind. We can see where the contents of mind are helping us. Then we can contrast this with where our mindset may hinder us and block our development. In time, we gain all the meditation methods we need to overcome hindrances.

Meditation, mindfulness and mind

Mindfulness is a part of meditation that is centred around attention, awareness and developing concentration. All our introductory meditation classes emphasise the practice of mindfulness, which can help us to focus on the present moment.

Mindfulness brings clarity and focus into all spheres of daily life – even for those who believe they are too busy to be mindful or meditate.

Meditation and mindfulness reveal our habits, feelings, emotions and intuitive senses, making us conscious of our otherwise mindless reactions to life’s events.

Further, as our inner world changes, physical changes also occur. We experience improved health, more energy and better sleep, with meditation now being found to be an adjunct to healing our whole selves.

“Meditation is a clear eyed encounter with reality”


The Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan terms for mindfulness translate as ‘remembering’. Consequently, a more accurate description of mindfulness than ‘paying attention’ would be ‘retaining attention’.
‘Remembering’ brings your attention back when your mind wanders to the past or future in your meditation practice.

In meditation we use a method of mindfulness of the breath, and then cultivate mindfulness of the body, the feelings, the mind and the phenomena of mind. These are the famous Buddhist practices of the four foundations of mindfulness.

Study and Learning How to Meditate

To gain the best results from meditation, we need to study the practice. This study provides both direction and inspiration. In other words, it motivates us to continue and be consistent. Toby Gillies’ meditation classes provide a supportive environment for learning so that practice and study support each other. If you turn to Toby Gillies to learn meditation, you will be able to enjoy its convenient location at 2 Minona St, Hawthorn.

Your Meditation Teacher

It is always the right time to learn to meditate. However, we often need convincing to make the time. We can see the benefits of better focus, sharper awareness, better health and sleep, but may find that we are still not convinced by the anecdotal or scientific evidence. To be convinced, we have to try it as guided by an experienced practitioner.

The experienced practitioner conducting our Buddhist meditation classes is Venerable Toby Gillies, ordained in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1986 by scholar-monk Geshe Thubten Loden. Since, Venerable Toby has worked for his teacher establishing the Tibetan Buddhist Society, served Geshe-la in writing his nine acclaimed books, participated in countless meditation retreats and became a member of the SeraJe Monastic University in Mysore, India, in the Denma College.

Authentic Buddhist Teachings for Meditation Classes in Melbourne

Venerable Toby has been teaching beginners for 40 years, focusing on making the practice clear, accessible and free of dogma. Toby understands the demands of modern Western life, acknowledging the gradual progress that needs to take place. Venerable Toby has taught thousands of people how to meditate in an engaging, down-to-earth manner.

Melbourne Buddhist Meditation Classes in Hawthorn was established in 2011. Prior to that Toby taught at centres throughout Melbourne and continues to give workshops and meditation classes in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

A meditation teacher who is a Buddhist monk is part of the lineage of teachers from the Buddha himself. We hope you will consider our classes for authentic meditation teachings

Frequently asked questions

Can anyone learn to meditate

Yes. Anyone can learn to meditate and get better with practice. Some may find it harder than others, but that only means a bit more perserverence to get the results.

Does meditation involve religion

Meditation can be practiced by anyone. There is no need to feel you should adopt the Buddhist view of the world. Whether your belief system is one of the many religions of the world, or that of a secular atheist, you can benefit from the meditation and mindfulness methods in these classes.

How much time does it take

We recommend establishing meditation as a daily habit. Ask youself the question ‘What is not too much and not too little for me to do each day.’ Depending on the demands of your schedule this amount of meditation time will vary from person to person. But try to make it a daily habit.

Is there a particular time of day that is better

Again, this varies from person to person. Some are morning people, some evening people. But the most common good time is first thing in the morning. This will set you up for the day. Some prefer after work as a de-stress. Others like to meditate before bed. (You can, of course, make a habit of all three if you like!)

How soon will I notice results

If you are mindful of your state before you start your first session and then check it immediately afterwards, you will notice a difference. So in that way results are immediate. The longer you practice the more these small results add up. A long term meditator will see massive results. These have been tested using brain imaging methods and are quite astounding.

Learn more with a meditation roadmap

A guide to meditation for beginners.

If you would like to learn more about meditation, what to expect in meditation classes, and what there is to learn about meditation, then please complete the form to get your free meditation roadmap pdf.

Roadmap: A guide to meditation

Learn to meditate

If you would like to learn to meditate, or just try it out, our Tuesday classes are probably the best option.