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Dharma Club

Dear Dharma Friends,

The last Dharma Club for the year will be in November 29th.

The last Dharma Club is a celebration of being a part of the wider Tara Institute Community. Geshe Doga gives a teaching in the main Gompa which can be really nice for the parents to attend.

Meanwhile we run Dharma club as usual. At the end of the teachings we all join together in Landcox park for a picnic together.

Peace Mandala

The children and parents at Dharma Club in August 2011 made a beautiful Peace Mandala.

Click here to look at photos and an article about the Peace Mandala.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2011 15:12

A happy life comes from a good mind and good actions

One Sunday a month, 10:30am-12:30pm.

If you’re aged between 4 and 15 and want to have some fun & live a healthy life, then Dharma Club might be for you.

It doesn’t matter what religion you are, you can come to Dharma Club without giving up your religious beliefs or customs. The Club is co-ordinated by Jenny Molloy, a trained teacher, so you’ll get to do activities that are fun and interesting, not boring adult stuff.

The aim is to show you how to be really happy by thinking and doing good things. You’ll get to listen to stories, learn meditation, act in plays and join in discussions that can help you live a healthy life.

The Club is divided into three groups 4-6, 7-9 and 10-15 years, so you’ll be with children your own age. The morning starts at 10:30 and we share a snack from midday for a 12:30 finish. You can start any time and you can come whenever you want to because there are no fees and no formal commitment.

If you want to join us or to find out more, you or your parent can call our office on (03) 9596 8900 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 13:17

Information for Parents

 The Club is divided into three age groups:

  • 10 – 15 yrs
  • 7 – 9 yrs
  • 4 – 6 yrs

Dharma club is for school age children as these are the ages that they able to concentrate and participate. Younger siblings are welcome to come but we ask that parents supervise the younger child to keep the disruption to a minimum.

Dharma Club needs to be flexible. Children’s lives are so busy these days. There is so much input and so much activity that we resist asking people to enrol and make a firm commitment. So you may come one month but not the next if that suits the family. Because of this fluidity, the groups may change each month and you may not find your child in the same group. Please speak with Jenny if you have specific requirements.


Trish is a qualified Kindergarten teacher and looks after the Junior group.

Helen Ponder is a trained teacher, and Education officer of the Buddhist Council of Victoria.

Jenny Molloy is a trained secondary school teacher and has been coordinating Dharma Club for now her sixth year.  Jenny will coordinate the two older groups with the help of visiting teachers, such as Ven Michael Yeshe, Translator at Tara Institute and visiting teachers.


That children have fun together learning about Buddhist philosophy.

The main thrust we would like the children to get is:

  • Good thoughts lead to good actions = happiness.
  • Unhappy thoughts lead to unhappy actions =sadness.
  • Practising love and compassion we can direct our minds in the right direction.
  • It is most important the kids know that “Kind is Cool!” and that there are other children that think like they do.

Part of each class will be dedicated to simple meditation. Meditation can contribute a great deal to one’s sense of well being. It is hoped that the children can gain some inner knowledge.

Suggested Topics

  • A quiet still place–The source of happiness within us all
  • Karma–Sow happy seeds for tomorrow: No effort = no result
  • Practising patience as an antidote to anger
  • Jealousy and its antidote–Rejoicing
  • What makes for a good friend versus peer group pressure
  • Developing kindness as a source of happiness
  • Finding the right direction: The eight fold path to happiness
  • Who is the Dalai Lama?
    We are fortunate enough to have His Holiness visit Australia once again in December, so hopefully there will be an opportunity to see him.

The material will be appropriately adapted to each age group. There will be a mixture of story telling, craft, discussion, and practical meditation.


Landcox Hall, Tara institute, 3 Mavis Avenue, East Brighton, 3187

If you want to join us or to find out more, please call our office on (03) 9596 8900 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Jenny Molloy
Dharma Club Coordinator

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 13:07

How to support Dharma Club

We do need support to run the Dharma Club. There is no charge at present for attending Dharma Club. However, there are expenses to cover, especially with craft and purchase of books.


If we get contributions we can build up our library. We also need a Library Monitor to coordinate the library. If you wish to make a contribution, please donate via Jenny Molloy.

Cleaning roster

We need a separate volunteer each class to help pack up and clean up the Dharma Club and the dining room.


After each class we need people to set up and make ready the 12pm snack. We would like parents to take turns in providing the food for snack, i.e. Sausage rolls and Party Pies (50 in total) and one packet of vegetarian option.

Notice Boards

It would be great to make our notice boards come alive this year. Is there anyone who has an interest in taking on this project?

If you have any ideas or contributions please let us know (E.g. any good books or movies you see that have a good message.) There will be a notice board to advertise these.

Can you play music?

We would love to have musical element to the program but we need to find the resources.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2009 13:54

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

All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains has come from wishing pleasure for oneself.

Shantideva, A Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life