The 2011 Report
A big, busy, beautiful, beneficial year! Our biggest courses ever, special guests and events galore, enormous amounts of productive work being done behind the scenes - Tushita contines to thrive.
You can see that since we started keeping records in 2009, Tushita has grown a lot, particularly since we began to offer our daily guided meditation sessions in April 2010 (therefore the jump in 2011 partly reflects the fact that these sessions ran throughout the full 2011 season, 2 months more than in 2010).
These records show a 420% increase in people coming here to learn about Buddhism in the last 3 years!
Logistically though, it's the rise in student numbers on our residential courses that have made the biggest impact on us; participation on our Introduction to Buddhism courses has seen a 40% increase since 2009!
And so, we looked at what difference this had made to the overall percentage of students on our range of Courses and Retreats over this 3 year period.
And so our Introduction to Buddhism courses clearly continue to be the most popular, in terms of student numbers, with 73% of our students taking part in them during 2011. Although we have seen a marked decline in participation in Tantric Retreats this year, one factor is that 2010's Hayagriva Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche boosted the previous years' figure.
In relation to Intermediate Level courses, unfortunately we suffered a shortage of Teachers in the second half of 2011 and were unable to offer many courses for more experienced students after Monsoon. We always make great efforts to find qualified teachers, and we pray that we will have more teachers in the future.