• Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Pujas and Special Events

Tara Institute conducts courses and teachings throughout the year including occasional weekend or one-day courses and other events, all of which are advertised in our monthly newsletter. You can download the latest newsletter, or you can have it sent to you free of charge for a trial period of four months. Please call the office on 03 9596 8900 or email the Tara Institute office if you would like to have it posted to you. If you feel you would like a yearly subscription, then the cost is $33. Scroll down for more information about what is coming up.

For information regarding our monthly Tara Puja and Guru Pujas please click on this link.

About the Medicine Buddha Puja

Medicine Buddha Puja

The seven Medicine Buddhas are powerful in healing diseases as well as for purification.

Many eons ago, seven bodhisattvas strongly prayed for the temporal and ultimate happiness of all sentient beings, that their names become wish-fulfilling in order to heal both the mental and physical sicknesses and diseases of sentient beings. They vowed that their prayers will be actualized during these degenerate times when the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha are in decline. When they became enlightened, one of the ten powers of a Buddha is the power of prayer - that means that all the prayers that have been made get fulfilled. As the Buddha's holy speech is irrevocable, you can wholly trust in their power to quickly grant blessings to help all sentient beings in these degenerate times. They are called the Seven Medicine Buddhas, the main one is `Lapis Buddha of Medicine, King of Light'. Buddha Shakyamuni taught the teachings on the Medicine Buddha, and according to one tradition, is also considered as one of the Medicine Buddhas, and hence the Eight Medicine Buddhas.

The seven Medicine Buddhas manifested in order to pacify the obstacles to the achievement of temporary happiness, liberation and the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment. They are powerful in healing diseases as well as for purification. The Medicine Buddha practice can be used to help purify those who have already died and liberate them from suffering. It is also very powerful in bringing about success, both temporary and ultimate.

The reason why the Medicine Buddha practice brings success is that in the past when the seven Medicine Buddhas were bodhisattvas practicing the path to enlightenment, they promised and made extensive prayers to actualize all the prayers of living beings of the degenerate time when the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha are in decline. They generated a very strong intention to become enlightened for this reason; this was their motivation for meditating on and actualizing the path.

Lama Zopa says, "It is very important that the elaborate Medicine Buddha puja with extensive offerings be done regularly. The offerings should be as extensive and as beautiful as possible, and done in order to benefit all sentient beings."

Service Manual for Spiritual Program Coordinators, FPMT
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:12

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

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