Venerable Toby Gillies has been presenting courses in Buddhist philosophy and the theory and practice of meditation since 1980. He was granted full ordination in 1986 and accepted into the Sera Jey Monastic University in Mysore India. He has completed a study of the five major fields: Logic, Phenomenology, Ontology, Transcendental Wisdom and Monastic Discipline. He regularly teaches these fields as well as the esoteric Vajrayana (tantric) theory and practice. Toby has conducted numerous group and solitary meditation retreats ranging from two weeks to five months in duration. Retreat schedules ranged from seven hours meditation a day up to fourteen hours a day. He has maintained a consistent daily meditation practice for more than forty years.