The Beaumaris Buddhist Meditation Centre began its roots in 1978 when Therese taught very basic philosophy and meditation at her home in Beaumaris. At that time it was just a gathering of friends with a common interest in the exploration and development of spiritual knowledge and awakening.

Therese, brought up as a Catholic and taught by nuns, left the Church at the age of 18 years and started seeking to find some purpose and meaning to life – always enquiring to fulfill an inner spiritual vacuum.

Her journey took her to seek out Masters who taught her Yoga, Tai-Chi, Taoism, including Sufism,  and these studies marked the beginning of spiritual interest in Eastern Philosophy.

The classes that Therese conducted in her own home were a mixture of alternative philosophies and religions.  Monthly meetings with lively discussion on “the meaning of life” followed efforts to master meditation.  A great deal of enthusiasm was expressed during these meetings including friendly debate.

The word somehow spread and before long the classes gradually increased in numbers and the spare room adjoining the private home was soon converted to a meditation room.

The major turning point in her spiritual journey was when Therese attended the first teachings given by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 1982 at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne.  A private interview followed with His Holiness which had such an impact on her, that Therese knew, at last, she had found what she had been searching for all her life. His Holiness’s wisdom, compassion and strength shone so much during his teachings and in the interview that followed, that Therese immediately knew she had come home and was eager to learn more of what His Holiness represented.

Her journey thus began when she attended classes at the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Balaclava given by the Ven.Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and continued an in-depth study over many years when they moved to East Melbourne and later to their home in Yuroke.

Therese’s commitment to study and her passion to learn never wavered and gradually she was able to impart the depth and profoundness of Buddhism and meditation to ever increasing numbers in class.  Alternative accommodation had to be found. In 1994 the Centre relocated to a new property in Beaumaris, where students could enjoy more comfortable and peaceful surroundings with a beautiful environment surrounded by trees and nature.

Buddhism has nothing to do with “Believing in something” – more to do with “Understanding something”.