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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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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Buddhist meditation path

The Buddhist meditation path: A comprehensive approach to life The Buddhist meditation path is a path to enlightenment. There are many paths that we can take in life. Career paths, social paths, community paths, relationship paths. We may take a rapid path to the top...

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How to meditate: a step by step explanation

How to meditate for a beginner   The purpose of this article is to give a guide on how to meditate. Actually, how to meditate varies depending on the technique used. But to begin we can use a common and simple technique. Generally we learn a basic mindfulness of the...

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Reincarnation: infinite life

Reincarnation and karma In the previous article we spoke of karma. Now we examine karma linking from life to the next reincarnation. Most people have an intuitive sense of karma as cause and effect. However the full implications of karma cannot be seen outside of...

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Meditation on Karma

Karma - cause and effect To meditate on karma is to relflect on our actions. The sanskrit word karma translates literally as action and implies the results of those actions. It is the process of cause and effect and the way that we create our quality of experience....

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How meditation relieves stress

Meditation for Stress This article will show how meditation and meditation classes can help in relieving stress. We need to understand more about how stress is produced.  In particular we can benefit from discovering the inner cause of tension. Tension may be felt...

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Buddhist teachings: communication

Communication: How we connect The Buddhist teachings explain that the person we are is the product of our karma.  Karma literally means action and the results of action, or cause and effect. We are thus the sum of all we have done and experienced. Good or bad. All...

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