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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 Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:50


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


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 & 26 January 2015

Everyone is welcome  - Please note there is no meal service in January and the office is closed until the 19th of January

Wednesdays in January 2015

8pm to 9pm - 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th January and 4th February

Everyone is welcome  - Please note there is no meal service in January and the office is closed until the 19th of January

Praise for Geshe Doga

as given by students at the Long Life Puja for Geshe Doga 2014


practising generosity


Dharma Quote

... to practice kindness everyday towards sentient beings, constantly as much as possible, from the heart – so this is Dharma.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

Upcoming Events

Tue, Jan 27th
Tibetan 8 Tara Day
Tue, Jan 27th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Tara Puja
Tue, Jan 27th, @6:30pm - 07:30PM
Dining Room closed
Wed, Jan 28th, @6:30pm - 07:30PM
Dining Room closed
Wed, Jan 28th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Tara Meditation Practice
Thu, Jan 29th
Tibetan 10 Tsog Day
Thu, Jan 29th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Guru Puja
Thu, Jan 29th, @6:30pm - 07:30PM
Dining Room closed
Fri, Jan 30th, @6:30pm - 07:30PM
Dining Room closed
Sat, Jan 31st, @6:30pm - 07:30PM
Dining Room closed
Sun, Feb 1st, @6:30pm - 07:30PM
Dining Room closed
Mon, Feb 2nd, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Tue, Feb 3rd
Tibetan 15 Full Moon : Precepts
Wed, Feb 4th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Tara Meditation Practice
Mon, Feb 9th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy
Wed, Feb 11th, @12:30pm - 03:00PM
Healing Group
Wed, Feb 11th, @8:00pm - 09:00PM
An Evening with Geshe Doga
Sat, Feb 14th
Tibetan 25 Tsog Day
Sat, Feb 14th, @6:00pm - 07:00PM
Guru Puja
Sun, Feb 15th, @10:30am - 12:30PM
Dharma Club