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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

Life, Mind & Transformation

One Day Course with Damien Busby

Sunday 25th October 9am to 4pm

Bookings essential

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

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

Mondays ~ 8pm to 9pm
•5, 12, 19 & 26th October

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


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



practising generosity


Dharma Quote

For as long as space endures and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I, too, abide to dispel the misery of the world

Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva

Upcoming Events

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
Sun, Oct 25th, @9:00am - 04:00PM
One Day Course with Damien Busby
Mon, Oct 26th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy