Meditation and mindfulness

Introductory course

with Buddhist monk

Venerable Toby Gillies

Introduction to meditation Tuesday, June 26

7.00-8.00pm ongoing each Tuesday.

$25 per class


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What you will learn:

How to meditate and practice mindfulness

Skills to improve concentration, clarity, focus, and emotional stability.

Discover the hidden processes of the mind and how to shape your experiences in life

The answers to some of the big questions which add greater purpose and meaning to life.

Uncover more of your unique gifts and emotional strengths and see how they can enrich your relationships

Venue, time and cost

Where: Augustine Centre: 2 Minona street Hawthorn, Melbourne

When: 7.00-8.00pm each Tuesday.

Please arrive by 6.45pm to allow a 7.00pm sharp start

Cost: $25 per class on arrival

Parking: Parking is available in the streets around Minona street. Give yourself 5 or 10 for parking.

About the course

This meditation course will explain how to practice mindfulness and meditation properly as they have been taught from the Buddha and his line of monks until our teacher today.

Though you will gain some insight into Buddhist philosophy, meditation and mindfulness can be practiced by those of a secular mindset. There is no need to become Buddhist to gain benefits from these practices.  The application of these practices is the same either way.

Classes include instruction, guided meditation and the opportunity for discussion and clarification.

Connect with Yourself Through Meditation Classes

Start Your Meditation Classes in Melbourne

Learn meditation and mindfulness from the ground up. Find a deeper understanding of your mind and emotions. Shape your mind to bring greater happiness, success and peace combined with the ability to share your best self with others. All of this can be achieved in Toby Gillies’ meditation classes in Hawthorn, Melbourne.


Learn the methods of the Dalai Lama, also known as the happiest man on earth. The Dalai Lama has been instrumental in collaborations with various Western disciplines, with the fields of neuroscience and psychology now acknowledging the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. We are thus seeing some modern derivatives of these timeless Buddhist practices.


Through these classes, practitioners can expect to gain spiritual insights, better focus, concentration, deep inner stillness and calm. Further, we reduce our distractions. We overcome dullness and the obstacles to our own and others’ benefit.
For these meditation classes, you need not bring anything. Simply come as you are whether straight from work or home. If you have a penchant for notetaking, feel free to bring a notebook and pen. 
Our Hawthorn meditation centre is ideally located for those searching for meditation classes in Melbourne. Even if you live on the other side of town, you will find any travel worthwhile once you make a connection to the classes. Start your meditation practice today for a better tomorrow.
Toby Gillies introducing the Dalai Lama and Prof. Hopkins

Toby Gillies introducing His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his translator Professor Jeffrey Hopkins for his first public lecture in Australia.

The Structure of the Meditation Classes

To begin with, each session has a full explanation of how to meditate. We then continue to a guided meditation, before concluding with questions and discussions. Our eight-week courses start with the basics, from posture onwards. While the meditation classes are arranged in eight-week blocks, you are free to come along at any point.

How Meditation Classes Can Help

Meditation classes allow you to discover more about your mind and its potential. With meditation you gain a tool that is beneficial to yourself, your relationships, career, hobbies and more. Anyone can learn to meditate and be mindful, which allows for better health, healing, emotional stability, relaxation, clarity, and focus. Some will enjoy the opportunity to go further and unleash the full power of their mind. You may even discover the extraordinary ability of Enlightenment, which has inspired seers over millennia.

How We Can Learn the Path of Meditation Gradually

Our beginners’ meditation classes are guided in stages, with a focus on gradual learning that works with your lifestyle. This means you can confidently expect to gain a degree of mastery over the eight weeks of training that you will undergo.


Class is on this coming Tuesday, June 26, ongoing each Tuesday.

Dalai Lama, Professor Hopkins and Toby Gillies
Toby Gillies with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Professor Hopkins at the Camberwell Civic Centre Melbourne for a public lecture. 

What to Expect If I Am New to Meditation Classes

Toby Gillies’ meditation classes are completely accessible to beginners – all you need to bring is yourself, with no prior experience being necessary. The sessions emphasise relaxation, accessibility and friendliness to provide you with the environment you need to access your deeper self. All are welcome to these classes, whether for a one-off class or ongoing attendance. The idea is to come along, try it out and see where you think you might be able to take it.
Furthermore, meditation classes are accessible to those of any faith or religion. While inspired by Buddhist techniques, the classes do not present a belief system to adopt. The classes will not clash with any pre-existing religious belief you may have, nor are they contrary to scientific or non-religious belief systems. In fact, the Buddha himself espoused cultivating wisdom, so you are not dependent on what others tell you. He encouraged us to listen, think and meditate as the means to true insight and understanding, which are the values that we uphold at our meditation classes, meaning you are completely welcome to make up your own mind about our meditation classes.

Meditation is a path of discovery. Through it we hope you discover your Enlightenment – you choose which elements to incorporate in your own life.

The Value of Attending Meditation Classes

The journey we take in meditation is personal and quite unique for each individual. The methods to unveil this inner path, though, are themselves universal. We learn them from a teacher of meditation and mindfulness, with the classes giving us the opportunity to study and question.
Meditation classes also connect us with the lineage of the meditation teachings. This line of teachers carry with them something of the energy of all who have gone before. Clear explanation and lineage is the most powerful transmission of the Dharma, the teachings on meditation.
We learn how to meditate. We receive guided meditations. Listening to what is true, the Dharma itself, is a valuable form of meditation. Consistent listening to the Dharma is very powerful in our spiritual development. It will remove misunderstandings and ignorance. It is like a light removing darkness from a room at night.


Listening helps us to learn and gain real wisdom. This wisdom is our greatest possession because no one else can take it from us. Our wisdom is our guide and goes with us everywhere.


Listening to teachings on meditation is the best weapon on earth because it destroys confusion, our true enemy.


Listening to the teachings on meditation is our greatest friend. Our meditation supports us always, in good times or bad.


At our centre for meditation in Hawthorn, we encourage freeing yourself from social and personal conditioning. We develop a new confidence in a pure view that comes from within. It is not a case of believing, but a way of knowing. The insights that we develop from our meditation open up new and exciting ways to approach life.