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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
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:49

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

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

Mondays ~ 8pm to 9pm
•1, 7, 14, 21 & 28 April

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

16 Arthats Puja for Geshe Doga's Long Life

Sunday 6th April at 6pm

Everyone is welcome

Annual Easter Retreat

Friday April 18th 9am until

Monday April 21st after lunch

Bookings are essential

One Day Course with Geshe Doga

Developing Bodhicitta through exchanging self with others

Sunday May 18th - 9am to 5pm

Bookings are essential

Lama Zopa in Australia 2014

13 September to
23 October
CPMT Meeting and Retreat


practising generosity


Dharma Quote

I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering.  Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this.  From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment.

XIVth Dalai Lama

Upcoming Events

Fri, Apr 18th, @9:00am - 05:00PM
Easter Course
Sat, Apr 19th, @9:00am - 05:00PM
Easter Course
Sun, Apr 20th, @9:00am - 05:00PM
Easter Course
Mon, Apr 21st, @9:00am - 05:00PM
Easter Course
Mon, Apr 21st, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, Apr 22nd, @7:45pm - 09:30PM
Study Group
Wed, Apr 23rd, @12:30pm - 03:00PM
Healing Group
Wed, Apr 23rd, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
An Evening with Geshe Doga
Thu, Apr 24th
Tibetan 25 Tsog Day
Thu, Apr 24th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Guru Puja
Mon, Apr 28th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, Apr 29th
Tibetan 30 New Moon : Precepts
Tue, Apr 29th, @7:45pm - 09:30PM
Study Group
Wed, Apr 30th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
An Evening with Geshe Doga
Sun, May 4th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
16 Arhats Puja for Geshe Doga's Long Life
Mon, May 5th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, May 6th, @7:45pm - 09:30PM
Study Group
Wed, May 7th
Tibetan 8 Tara Day
Wed, May 7th, @12:30pm - 03:00PM
Healing Group
Wed, May 7th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Tara Puja