Meditation, Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism

Blogs on the meditation classes given by Venerable Toby Gillies

These essays explore some of the topics we cover in our introductory meditation classes and some of the subjects examined in our Buddhist meditation classes. The perspectives are drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Geshe Thubten Loden.
Pick any topic that may interest you, they have links to any other related topics. The most recently posted is always at the top.

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Concentration: the stages and process of development

Concentration: Calm Abiding meditation   We need to improve our capacity for clear concentration and like everything it gets better with practise. This article aims to explain the stages of developing concentration and the methods used to accomplish each stage....

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How meditation develops understanding

Meditation for Understanding Exporing how we use meditation for understanding is an important component of all our meditation classes. We learn how to gain a genuine meditative insight. A genuine meditative insight is a life transforming experience. We escape the...

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Learning with mindfulness and meditation

Learning mindfulness meditation   Learning mindfulness meditation establishes a platform for a life of continued learning and discovery. It is a very useful foundation for the development of wisdom and it is wisdom which puts an end to the suffering cycle of...

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Traditions in conversation

Meditation today: Traditions in Conversation   On Friday, February 23 presented at the Colloquium, Meditation today: Traditions in Conversation. It was held at the Melbourne University of Divinity. There may still be some places available. If you are interested...

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A one minute Buddhist meditation

This simple one minute Buddhist meditation has the power to change your life Let your gaze rest briefly on the image of the Buddha and know him as your Guru. Then recite the prayer, it only takes half a minute at normal pace. Spend the rest of the minute allowing the...

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A New Year meditation for 2018

A Meditation to start your year The Buddhist teachings tell us that New Year is a special time. It is a new beginning and a time to set our direction. It is worth taking the time for a new year meditation. Every morning we awaken to the day grateful for yet another...

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A Buddhist meditation on Christmas

A Buddhist meditation on Christmas Christmas is a wonderful time of year for Buddhists. We love to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ. The message of his true being, as the son of God, as God incarnate, and thus as love incarnate, is an inspiration. As...

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How karma works in Buddhism: I won the fight, but..

Here is an example of how karma functions People often ask me how karma works. What is the connection between cause and effect? How is it that our actions come back at us? In an earlier article I summarised karma and examined how it works to our benefit in good...

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Buddhist meditation: how it is different

What meditation really is The purpose of Buddhist meditation practice is to end samsara. Samsara is the state of being governed by the causes of suffering and varies from extreme levels of suffering to temporary experiences of happiness. In fact, while caught in...

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Euthanasia: A Buddhist view on life and death

Euthanasia has now been make law by the Victorian parliament. The following article was written in the hope that they would not pass this terrible law and allow such degeneration. But... I suppose I was expecting a bit much. I still recommend a read as way of...

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Meditation – Twelve Dependent links retreat

How the twelve dependent links produce the effects of karma During our meditation retreat day on Sunday, October 8,  we did our meditation on the twelve dependent links. The meditations were drawn from the wheel of life. The wheel of life shows the round of samsara....

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How mindfulness and meditation give self-confidence

Overcome low self esteem and be confident   Meditation and mindfulness are critical elements in overcoming low self esteem and generating true self confidence. If we rely on external things for self confidence we will never develop real self belief. As long as we...

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