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In  the  Tradition  and  under  the  Spiritual  Guidance of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

We all have the ability to obtain the bliss and happiness of peace.
Venerable Geshe Doga

The Centre is an affiliate of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, an organisation founded in the early 1970s by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Tara Institute, through the guidance of Venerable Geshe Doga, offers programs to suit beginners and advanced students aspiring to gain inner peace through the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Centre to learn and apply whatever Buddhist practices and teachings are most useful and meaningful in their lives.  The gompa (meditation room) is temperature controlled for those cold winter nights and hot summer evenings.

As a visitor or member, you can participate in the regular weekly teaching program (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings), one day courses, pujas, Healing Group for seriously ill people and social events. We invite children aged 4 to 15 years to attend the monthly Dharma club where we hope to inspire children to practice a healthy way of life. 

Please note: the Centre is closed on weekends (with the exception of pre-scheduled events as per the program). 

Please visit our Bookshop and Dining Room and feel welcome to browse this site for more information.

If you can’t find the answers you seek:

  • visit Tara Institute at 3 Mavis Avenue, Brighton East, Victoria (Please note; the Centre is closed over the weekend unless there is an event running; also note that there is street parking only.  Note parking restrictions along the bend of Mavis Avenue.)
  • call our office on (03) 9596 8900 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.  The phone is not attended after hours or over the weekend.
  • contact us via email
  • Tara Institute expresses full confidence in and respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and our complete agreement with him in regard to the Dogyal/Shugden
Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 12:16

Taking Refuge

Geshe Doga will confer the Refuge Ceremony

October 4th at 2pm

Daylight saving will start in Victoria on Sunday, 4 October 2015, when clocks will go forward one hour at 2:00 am.


Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Philosophical tools to help you deal with everyday challenges - suitable for beginners and older students alike

Mondays ~ 8pm to 9pm
•7, 14, 21 & 28th September

GesheDogaSmilingThroneStudy Group

An in-depth study into classical Buddhist texts; suitable for those with a reasonable understanding of Buddhist philosophy.

Tuesdays ~ 7.45pm to 9.45pm

GDoga 02abAn Evening with Geshe Doga

Practical instructions for daily life
The Middle Lam Rim—a text by Lama Je Tsong Khapa -Suitable for everyone

Wednesdays ~ 8pm to 9pm

Life, Mind & Transformation

One Day Course with Damien Busby

Sunday 25th October 9am to 4pm

Bookings essential


Lama Zopa Rinpoche's talk given at Tara Institute in November 2014



practising generosity


Dharma Quote

The point to be understood is that if we work for the welfare of others, then our own goals, our own wishes will be fulfilled naturally. When we think about it, the welfare of others is important because others are important. They are important because they help to fulfil our own wishes. A mundane example is that if we had a wish to become wealthy, then we have to rely on someone else who has wealth so that we can earn from them.  Whatever we wish for is all dependent on others; others who have the means or qualities that can fulfil our wishes. There is no way to gain anything for ourselves without relying on others.

Ven. Geshe Doga 16-6-10

Upcoming Events

Mon, Oct 5th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, Oct 6th, @7:45pm - 09:30PM
Study Group
Wed, Oct 7th
Tibetan 25 Tsog Day
Wed, Oct 7th, @12:30pm - 03:00PM
Healing Group
Wed, Oct 7th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Guru Puja
Wed, Oct 7th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
An Evening with Geshe Doga
Sun, Oct 11th, @10:30am - 12:30PM
Dharma Club
Mon, Oct 12th
Tibetan 30 New Moon : Precepts
Mon, Oct 12th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, Oct 13th, @7:45pm - 09:30PM
Study Group
Wed, Oct 14th, @12:30pm - 03:00PM
Healing Group
Wed, Oct 14th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
An Evening with Geshe Doga
Mon, Oct 19th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, Oct 20th, @7:45pm - 09:30PM
Study Group
Wed, Oct 21st
Tibetan 8 Tara Day
Wed, Oct 21st, @12:30pm - 03:00PM
Healing Group
Wed, Oct 21st, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Tara Puja
Wed, Oct 21st, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
An Evening with Geshe Doga
Thu, Oct 22nd
Tibetan 10 Tsog Day
Thu, Oct 22nd, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Guru Puja