Tibetan Buddhist Society Sydney


Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden

Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden

2019 Thursday Evening Classes

For the first session of the year we will be holding a puja to celebrate the Tibetan New Year. All welcome.

Commence February 7th at 7.30pm.                                       Meditation and teachings on The Path to Enlightenment. All welcome


2019 Introduction toTibetan Buddhism

Wednesday evenings 6th to 27th March from  7.30pm to 9pm

A four week  course, with handouts, to introduce meditation techniques and fundamentals of Buddhism.  It runs four times per year. more …


Sunday Classes for 2019 please contact Ven. Chris Watkins on: 0434 123 788

. Meditation and the Stages of the Path

Just Meditation -  Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm

Meditation methods of breathing and mindfulness to relax, develop calmness, clarity and positive states of mind. Meditation at the beginning and  end of each session with Seven Point Though Transformation in the middle

Stages of the Path – Sunday afternoon 3pm

For those wishing to have an understanding of Tibetan Buddhist meditation.

The preliminary practices of how to sustain a practice of meditation. The initial stages…karma and happiness. Liberation…getting free of suffering. Enlightenment…Kindness and the Six Perfections of giving, guarding the mind, patience, resilience, concentration and insight.

The Class will be taught by:

Venerable Chris Watkins
Chris has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1970.  He has been a student of Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden since 1977 and was ordained in 1986.  He has been a resident of the Sydney Centre since 1982 and a teacher since 1984.    For more information phone Chris 0434 123 788


Evening Classes commence   Thursday 2018 at 7.30pm. All welcome

This Thursday evening class combines both meditation and Buddhist philosophy. The text being taught is the Graduated Path To Enlightenment an anthology of Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s teachings drawn primarily from Je Tsong Kharpa’s  Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path and Phabonkha Rinpoche’s Liberation in the Palm of your Hand.




Geshe Chodren


Venerable Geshe Choden

The Sydney centre will miss our teacher Venerable Geshe Choden who passed away on Monday morning 25th August 2014, he was 86 years of age. Geshe.la had been our resident teacher since 1998. All his students will miss him greatly but we are very grateful to have had the wonderful opportunity to benefit from his wisdom, teaching, his humour, compassion and his continuous generosity.

Geshe Choden was born in Kham in eastern Tibet in 1928 into a nomadic family.   At 13 years old he entered the Lab Monastery in Kham Prefecture, Tibet and remained there until he was about 22 years of age.   He then traveled to Lhasa and entered Sera-je Monastery where he remained for about 3 years before the Chinese occupation of Tibet.  He left for India in 1959.   After spending one year in a transit camp in Assam he moved to the refugee camp at Buxar in North India where he stayed for 9 years.  From the Buxa camp he eventually went to the rebuilt Sera-Je Monastery in Mysore in South India.  He achieved his Geshe level qualifications whilst in South India.    In 1998 Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden invited Geshe Choden to come to Australia to teach at the Tibetan Buddhist Society centres in Australia.    He settled in the Sydney Centre and in 2004 became an Australian citizen.