Meditation classes Melbourne

Meditation Melbourne – learn to meditate

Meditation Melbourne: 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, and his monk teaching today.

Advanced classes for experienced meditators as well.

Learn to Meditate

  • 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

Toby Gillies, a Tibetan Buddhist monk teaching meditation in Melbourne

Classes from the Buddhist monk, Venerable Toby Gillies.

No prior experience required. Over a meditation course of eight weeks you will build a solid personalised approach to meditation.

Meditation in the search for bliss

Learning to meditate from an experienced and authentic meditation teacher sets meditation practice in its true context, finally providing a path to ever greater happiness, joy and bliss. In a meditative state, we find 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.

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.

Meditation Melbourne: sitting in meditation

Sitting meditation, lotus posture

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.

Peaceful effect of meditation

Peaceful Buddha face


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 and comfortable seating arrangements.

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.

The Dalai Lama meditation in Melbourne 1982

The Dalai Lama of Tibet

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 classes at the Beaumaris Buddhist Meditation Centre.

Finding an authentic spiritual guide for a meditation teacher brings with it the blessings of the lineage, so consider us for authentic meditation in Melbourne.

Shakyamuni Buddha: source of meditation teachings

Shakyamuni Buddha