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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

Teaching with Geshe Doga followed by Family Picnic in Landox Park

November 29th at10.30am

Family Picnic at midday

Please join us.

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

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

Mondays ~ 8pm to 9pm
•2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November

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

Last teaching for 2015 is on December 1st - resumes 9th February 2016

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

Last teaching for 2015 is on Wednesday 2nd December - resumes 3rd February 2016


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



practising generosity


Dharma Quote

Good attitudes are based on love and compassion. Developing a sense of love and compassion within ourselves and further cultivating and protecting that sense of love and compassion is the best attitude that we can develop. These attitudes become a great solace for us in life.

Ven. Geshe Doga 16-6-10

Upcoming Events

Sun, Nov 29th, @10:30am - 02:30PM
Family Picnic Day and teaching by Geshe Doga
Mon, Nov 30th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, Dec 1st, @7:45pm - 09:30PM
Study Group
Wed, Dec 2nd, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Geshe Doga's Heart Advice
Sat, Dec 5th
Tibetan 25 Tsog Day
Sat, Dec 5th, @8:00pm - 09:30PM
Lama Tsong Khapa Day Puja
Mon, Dec 7th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Fri, Dec 11th
Tibetan 30 New Moon : Precepts
Mon, Dec 14th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Wed, Dec 16th, @6:30pm - 07:30PM
Last night for Dining Room 2015 - reopens 1st February 2016
Wed, Dec 16th, @8:00pm - 09:30PM
Medicine Buddha Puja
Fri, Dec 18th
Tibetan 8 Tara Day
Fri, Dec 18th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Tara Puja
Sun, Dec 20th
Tibetan 10 Tsog Day
Sun, Dec 20th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Guru Puja
Fri, Dec 25th
Office and Centre closed
Fri, Dec 25th
Tibetan 15 Full Moon : Precepts
Sat, Dec 26th
Office and Centre closed