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Centre for Advanced Buddhist Studies

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Brighton, Melbourne Australia

Welcome to everyone who aspires to gain happiness and inner peace, through the study,

meditation and practice of Mahayana Buddhism. 

Our programmes suit beginners and more advanced  students in the quest for a more meaningful life.

His Holiness
the Dalai Lama

Inspiration and Guide


Thubten Yeshe

Spiritual Founder


Kyabje Lama
Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Spiritual Director


Geshe Doga

Senior Resident Teacher at 

Tara Institute

Geshe Lobsang Dorje

Resident Teacher at 

Tara Institute



Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation

with Denis Marsh

 4, 11, 18 December at 8:00pm

Each month, a senior student introduces an aspect of Buddhist philosophy and meditation.




Middle Length Lamrim by Lama Tsong Khapa with Venerable Geshe Doga

(Regular Tuesday Nights’ Teaching Recommence in February 6th 2024)


NO Teachings on Tuesday nights from 28/11/2023 and whole of December 2023 and January 2024.

The Study Group is encouraged by Geshela to come along on Wednesday for the group recitation of Golden Light Sutra

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Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

with Geshe Lobsang Dorje

(Regular Wednesday Nights’ Teaching Recommence in

February 7th 2024)

6, 13 & 20 December ~ 8pm

Golden Light Sutra recitation

10 & 17 January ~ 8pm

Chenrezig meditation with Pam Hansen 

24 & 31 January ~ 8pm 

Green Tara meditation with Pam Hansen

Geshe Lobsang


with Geshe Lobsang Dorje (9am - 5pm)

(Monthly Sunday teachings for this year have concluded. Please stay tuned for updates on next year's schedule)

June 25th         Heart Sutra

July 30th           8 Verses Thought Transformation

August 27th     Path to Happiness in relation to the Two truths 

September 24th   Wheel of Life 12 Links Interdependence

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Tibetan Language Teaching with Geshe Lobsang

Please stay tuned for updates on next year's schedule

Tibetan language classes taught by Geshe Lobsang that are open to everyone.

Wednesday Morning Meditations



Morning Meditations

Every Wednesday Morning at 11am

(6, 13 20 Dec 2023 & 10,17,24 Jan 2024)

The group is suitable for those who are new to meditation and for those who have more experience.


Dharma Club for Children 

One Sunday a month from 

10:30am - 12:30pm

The Buddhist teachings for children aged between 4 and 15 an understanding of how to be happy through listening to stories, learning meditation, acting in plays and joining discussions.

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The Healing Group

Led by with Venerable Rigsal, Kathi Edward, Ross Moore and William Liew

Once a fortnight (Thursdays) from 11am to 12.30pm

7, 14 Dec 2023 & 25 Jan 2024

On the basis of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's profound approach to healing, the Healing Group incorporates advice, discussions and guided meditations in each session.

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November 29th at 8pm | Brighton East

For World Peace and Harmony
The Golden Light Sutra

Golden Light Sutra group recitation
Everyone is encouraged by Geshela to come along on Wednesday nights for the group recitation


All are welcome

Sun, 3 Dec | 10am - 12pm | Brighton East

Chanting Manjushri’s Names for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Swift Return
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Birthday

Following instructions from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on prayers for swift return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, TI will hold a group recitation of prayers and Chanting Names of Manjushri. On the auspicious occasion of Rinpoche’s birthday which falls on Sunday 3rd December. 

Please come along and bring a plate to share after the event.


Thu, 7 Dec | 8pm - 9:30pm | Brighton East

Lama Tsong Khapa Puja
Lama Tsong Khapa Day

Please join us at TI, to share in this beautiful ceremony of chanting and meditation. If you wish to make offerings of candles, food and flowers, you are most welcome to do so.

Sun, 10 Dec | 11am - 3pm | Brighton East

Family Picnic Day

As with previous years, TI will hold a family day picnic on 10th December 2023. On this day from 11am, we will start with prayers in the main gompa followed by a picnic at 12 noon. Traditionally we share food from our many different cultures, enjoy relaxed conversation and play games. 

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July update from FPMT Board of Directors

Following the 49 day period of Rinpoche’s passing, FPMT Board members took the opportunity while together at Kopan to greet the FPMT community in a video, offering FPMT students a chance to meet each board member, learn a little about their background, and hear them express their commitment to fulfilling Rinpoche’s wishes during this new, transitional time for the organization. It also offers a glimpse into the non-stop activities at Kopan during this period, for those who were unable to attend in person.

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This enables the Tara Institute community to support the dharma and allow us all to receive precious teachings from Venerable Geshe Doga and Geshe Lobsang

Lama Zopa said: My point here is for you to understand what we are doing and what you are helping with. This is so that you can rejoice. It really is unbelievable, incredible, what you are helping with, and this creates so much benefit for the world and for sentient beings. This actually creates the cause to liberate so many beings. This is an incredible opportunity for you to rejoice, and if you rejoice and then dedicate the merits, it is amazing.

Tara Institute is a Buddhist centre located in Melbourne, Australia. Tara Institute is a non-profit incorporated association that is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a group of over 150 meditation centres worldwide.

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