Therese Bottomley (Founder & Principal Teacher)

After a traditional Catholic education, Therese Bottomley established a successful career in business and administrative services. She has a long history of community involvement, which includes the establishment of a supervised ‘drop in centre’ for local teenagers. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, community worker, business woman and tireless advocate on the importance of family.

After studying various Eastern philosophies in search of greater spiritual purpose, Therese began teaching meditation in 1978.

In 1982 Therese attended the first Australian teachings given by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Dallas Brooks Hall in Melbourne, and was fortunate enough to be granted a private interview afterwards. His Holiness’ compassion, wisdom and inner strength changed her life forever and Therese began serious study and practice of Buddhism under the tutelage of a Tibetan Monk – the Ven.Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden. She quickly recognised the profound impact the teachings were to have on her life and the enormous benefit they could bring to the every day lives of westerners who also sought deeper spiritual meaning. For more than 29 years her commitment to rigorous study and practice has not wavered and she has never missed any of His Holiness’ teachings in Australia which remain a constant source of inspiration.

Renowned by her students for the clarity and insight with which she communicates the essence of Buddhism, Therese teaches with an engaging and compassionate style, using modern, real world examples to prompt discussion and debate amongst students. She encourages questions and believes Buddhism has less to do with ‘believing in something’ and more to do with ‘understanding something.’

Therese is the only female lay-teacher in Australia who is the founder and principal teacher at a Buddhist meditation centre. Her sincere wish is to share the timeless wisdom of the Buddhist teachings in a way that is both relevant and meaningful to modern Australian practitioners.

Therese teaches advanced classes every Tuesday evening and also leads annual retreats and periodic one-day teachings on Saturdays.