Venerable Toby Gillies
Venerable Toby Gillies (Spiritual Director, Beaumaris Buddhist Meditation Centre, BBMC) has been presenting courses in Buddhist philosophy and theory and practice of meditation since 1980. He was granted full ordination in 1986 and accepted into Sera Jey Monastic University in Mysore, India.
He has completed a study of the five major fields; Logic, Phenomenolgy, Ontology, Transcendental Wisdom and Monastic Discipline. He regularly teaches these fields as well as esoteric Vajrayana (tantric) theory and practice. He has conducted numerous group and solitary mediation retreats ranging from two weeks to five months in duration.
Venerable Toby gives meditation classes and retreat days in Melbourne with his regular teaching program in Hawthorn (The Augustine Centre) and classes at Beaumaris Buddhist Meditation Centre.
He has been teaching for forty years, focusing on making practice clear, accessible and free of dogma. Toby understands the demands of modern Western life, acknowledging the gradual progress that needs to take place. He has taught thousands of people how to meditate in an engaging, down to earth manner.
Toby and Therese share a long friendship over many years and share wisdom of the dharma in accessible language. They both seek opportunities to share Buddhist teaching via authentic Tibetan lineage: this has occurred and continues to through retreats and one day teachings at BBMC
Venerable Toby has had the privilege of private interviews with his Holiness the Dalai Lama and received teachings from him. Venerable Toby Gillies has also discussed and debated Tibetan philosophy with many highly realised scholars and meditation masters.
Venerable Toby's open enquiring mind, combined with the ability to listen, has led to continued interest in interfaith discussion. This has resulted in joint retreats bringing together senior religious leaders from a variety of faiths.
What separates Venerable Toby Gillies from other teachers is his innate ability to meld, adapt and communicate the Buddha's message through his personal experience as a westerner navigating and conquering the pathways of the mind as presented in Tibetan Buddhism.
By demystifying Tibetan Buddhism and bringing the philosophical elements into the 21st century. Venerable Toby shows by example how meditation, analysis of the mind and understanding can make life a happier, healthier, relaxed and more enjoyable.
Venerable Toby Gillies and Therese Bottomley