Toby Gillies Buddhist Meditation

Meditation: Melbourne eastern suburbs. Learn to meditate

With Buddhist Monk, Venerable Toby Gillies

7.00-8.00pm Tuesday Evening

2 Minona Street, Hawthorn

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Meditation Melbourne eastern suburbs classes are suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience who would like to further develop their practice.

Toby Gillies, the Buddhist monk giving our classes.


Like any skill we can develop the power of mindfulness through regular practice. First we need clear instruction and experienced guidance. Over time we are able to bring mindfulness into all spheres of life.

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Each class is self contained, but a course of eight classes is recommended for those new to the practice of mindfulness meditation

Learning meditation

Meditation brings a state of clarity. It is a relaxed aleartness and allows us to direct our attention as wished. It brings great stability of mind and the power to delve deeply into the real factors creating our lives.

Our meditation classes

Meditation Melbourne eastern suburbs


If you’re living in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and feel an urge to meditate, then we think you will find our meditation classes in Hawthorn nice and convenient.

Each Tuesday evening we offer an introduction to meditation from 7.00 to 8.00pm. These classes cover a range of meditation techniques and give sufficient background information over a period of about eight weeks for you to be able to continue to practice on your own. 

Meditation techniques we cover include calming meditation, stillness meditation, mantra meditation, analytical meditation, insight meditation, visualisation meditation as well as the various forms of mindfulness practice.

These classes are suitable whether you’re entirely new to meditation or have prior experience and wish to develop your practice further. Each class is self-contained but we recommend coming to 8 classes to broaden your understanding and gain experience in guided meditation sessions. If you’re not able to come each week, you can structure attendance to gradually accumulate eight weeks over time.


A convenient venue for the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.


The classes are conducted in the main hall at the Augustine centre: 2 Minona street Hawthorn. This location is comfortably accessible for those interested in meditation in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The hall is carpeted and always a comfortable temperature. It gives the option of meditating cross-legged or in chairs.


You have no doubt heard the many benefits of the practice of meditation. However the main benefit is the capacity to produce greater happiness and less issues in all spheres of life.


The meditation teacher


The classes are given by Toby Gillies. Toby is a Buddhist monk. He has been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for some time.

He currently teaches in Hawthorn but some may have been to his earlier classes in East Melbourne, Balaclava or at the Beaumaris Buddhist meditation centre.


Advanced Buddhist meditation classes


If we pursue real happiness to its complete fulfilment, we will come to a state of constant bliss and peace, a final freedom from suffering and difficulty.  This is the opportunity offerd in the more advanced classes on the path to enlightenment.  More details of our Buddhist meditation classes are included here.

Areas we serve






Melbourne Eastern suburbs

Box Hill


Inner Melbourne

Buddhist Meditation Class

8.00-9.00pm. Main Hall
2 Minona Street Hawthorn

Our Buddhist meditation classes take the next step in learning about meditation as part of the path to enlightenment. They are an opportunity to expand on the practices learnt in the introductory meditation classes.


Meditation retreat days

Sundays as specified. Main Hall
2 Minona Street Hawthorn.

We usually have three or four retreat days each year. They are held on Sundays and cover a range of meditations and subjects.



We hold sessions every Tuesday

Introductory classes

Tuesdays 7.00-8.00pm

Buddhist classes

Tuesdays 8.00-9.00pm

Plan your classes

It is helpful to be able to complete eight more introductory classes. If you are not able to do this in one block, you can easily catch up in subsequent weeks. 

Extending your course

You can continue with the introductory classes for as long as you wish. A regular class can be a great help in keeping motivated while learning more

Advanced classes

When you feel ready there are regular classes for long term students and practitioners. Here you can really deepen your understanding of meditation and the path to enlightenment.

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