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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 Ashvini Shekhar 

4, 11, 18 & 25 September at 8:00pm

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


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Middle Length Lamrim by Lama Tsong Khapa with Venerable Geshe Doga

5, 12, 19 & 26 September at 7:45pm

Geshe Doga will continue his commentary on Lama Tsong Khapa’s Middle Length Lam Rim.

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Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

with Geshe Lobsang Dorje

6, 13, 20 & 27 September at 8:00pm

Venerable Geshe Lobsang will teach on Shantideva’s text The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

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with Geshe Lobsang Dorje (9am - 5pm)

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

4, 11, 18 & 25 September at 6:30pm

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

Wednesday Morning Meditations



Morning Meditations

Every Wednesday Morning at 11am

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 and Ross Moore

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

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

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Sun, 24 Sept | 9am - 5pm | Brighton East

Twelve Links of Dependent Origination

with Geshe Lobsang Dorje

Lunch included Members - $50   Non-members - $70


As quoted by Geshe Doga in 2015 teaching - The purpose of learning about the twelve links of interdependent origination is to achieve the goal of reaching the highest states of samsaric existence, and also to gain freedom from this samsaric realm. 

Sun, 22 Oct | 10am - 2pm | Brighton East

Long Life Puja for 
Venerable Geshe Doga


Each year, in order to thank our beloved teacher Geshe Doga for his unwavering commitment and kindness to the students and friends of Tara Institute since 1984, the Long Life Puja is offered to him for his long and healthy life. Follow by a delicious lunch.


Everyone is welcome!

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Fri, 03 Nov 8pm - Mon, 06 Nov 7am | Brighton East

Nyung Nye Retreat

Fasting & Purification Practice on Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion


TI members $60 / Non-members $75

Non residential

TI members $45 / Non-members $60


The Nyung Nye meditation practice, based on Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, is a concentrated practice consisting of eight meditation sessions, with praises, prostrations and mantra recitations over 2 days.  The emphasis of this practice is on developing compassion.

Sat, 07 Oct | 7.30pm - 9.30pm | Brighton East

TI Fundraising -
Movie Night
<Wondering But Not Lost>

by Director Paul McGowan - English / 89 min

Event Cost:

Members $10   Non-members $12    Concession: $5


As part of TI’s continuous efforts and initiatives to upkeep our historic building, we are holding this special fundraising event. 

Please come along to watch this inspiring movie about Mingyur Rinpoche, who is also a close friend of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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Sun, 15 Oct | 10am - 12pm | Brighton East

White Tara Initiation for Long Life

with Geshe Doga

White Tara is associated with practices which can contribute to enhancing one’s lifespan and overcome life-threatening hindrances. White Tara practice can also be done on behalf of someone who is ill. Venerable Geshe Doga prepares for the empowerment by doing a White Tara retreat on our behalf, and dedicates the positive energy to our physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing.

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.

Book Your Evening Meals!

Our dining room is once again be serving evening meals prior to teaching sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Why not come for a delicious vegetarian meal before heading into the Gompa for a Dharma teaching?

Bookings essential, please email Paul at, phone 9596 8900  by 2pm on the day

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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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