Our teachers: Claire Spencer


Claire stumbled across the Dharma when she was just 15. By 1997, she had met her first teacher, Therese Bottomly, a senior student of Ven.Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, and had a private audience with him, where he told her to stay on the path.  That meeting inspired her to dedicate her life to the study of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 2005, Claire left Melbourne on her first Buddhist pilgrimage to India, resulting in regular returns to Dharamsala to volunteer with charitable organisations such as Tong-Len and attend teachings with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She’s been blessed to receive several initiations, teachings and complete a week-long retreat with His Holiness here in Sydney.

Claire brings a western understanding and lens to Lojong classes. Realising we can’t all ditch our day jobs and move to a Monastery or live in a cave, she works with Tamkey to make some of the more esoteric aspects of the teachings approachable. Having worked in Education, IT and most recently as a Senior Social Media Consultant to a Top 20 ASX listed utility company, she understands one thing; opportunities to practice mindfulness are everywhere 😉

As a recent cancer survivor, more than ever she’s ready to share the real impact of understanding your own mind.
Inspired by the transformative qualities of the Lojong practice, she is driven to share her understanding so that others may find the same sense of awareness, resilience and humour that she has.


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