Tara Institute

~ Buddhist Meditation Centre

in 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.

Click here to find out more!

Buddhist Meditation Centre Melbourne

Venerable Geshe Doga

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Message from Damien Busby (Centre Director) and Amelia Kelsang (Spiritual Program Coordinator)

Due to the Victorian Government restrictions on indoor gatherings, the Tara Institute Public events program is suspended for the time being. For reasons of auspiciousness, the program is still shown here.

We are very sorry for this situation as we know how important the teaching program is to so many people.

The meal service is also suspended and any casual visits to the centre are requested to be curtailed. As this issue for the whole community continues, we hope that the program can be reactivated as soon as possible. As soon as the current conditions subside, the centre will re-open and the teaching programs will resume.

In the meantime we wish you all to remain well and happy. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche said to a nervous student in the middle of the Nepal earthquake ‘Now is the time to practice Dharma’.

There are many teachings from the Tara Institute program available on our YouTube channel.


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Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation
presented in February with Allys Andrew
Philosophical tools to help you deal with everyday challenges.
Suitable for beginners and older students alike.
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(Currently suspended due to Covid)
Study Group with Venerable Geshe Doga
Explore the very heart of what the Buddha taught, in depth
In Study Group Venerable Geshe Doga guides the students through profound classical Buddhist texts that have been studied for centuries in the great monasteries of Tibet and India.
This course: Middle Length Lam Rim by Lama Tsong Khapa


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with Geshe Lobsang Dorje​​

 from the Tara Institute Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/TaraInst

Online teachings are available on our YouTube channel after the livestream event

Please note it is currently not possible to attend the teachings in person at Tara Institute


The Swift Path

by Panchen Losang Yeshe

Begins 8pm Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

there is no need to register, simply go to our facebook page at 8pm



​The Swift Path by Panchen Losang Yeshe is a Lam Rim text, and is a step by step guide on the path to Enlightenment. It is a concise and very practical presentation of the various points from renunciation and the altruistic aspiration (bodhicitta) up to the development of concentration and insight. The text is a practical meditation guide and it explains in detail what to do in a meditation practice on the points of the path and what to do in between sessions. It also address the pitfalls that can occur and gives advice on the different experiences meditators may have.



The Ornament of Higher Realisation

by Maitreya

Begins 8pm Friday, June 11th, 2021



Maitreya composed The Ornament for Clear Realizations to clarify and make explicit the teachings composed in The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras.  It is composed entirely of verses and is divided into eight chapters. Each chapter presents one clear realization.

Although it is not compulsory to view every live-streamed teaching as it happens, all online teachings (which begin on June 11th) are made available on our youtube channel after the event, so you can view them whenever it suits you. Geshe Lobsang has advised that in order to gain a good understanding of the topic it would be very beneficial to make a personal commitment to view as much as possible, and to put effort into studying the text.

Geshe Lobsang encourages anyone wishing to participate in these teachings to join from the first teaching. 

If you have any questions or would like to register for these teachings please email Amelia – spc@tarainstitute.org.au



Download free e-books and booklets from our Publications page, including a digital reprint of Inner Peace and Happiness by Geshe Doga and a selection of Geshe-la's archived teachings.

Survey and Community Meeting

Saturday August 28th 2021

2 - 3.30pm

The TI survey was conducted last year.  The survey provided a lot of very interesting information about people’s experiences of TI and who we are as a community.  The Committee shared a summary of the findings earlier this year. This was only a summary and people have expressed a wish to learn more. The survey also feeds into the discussion about where TI is now and where we are going in the future. 

On Saturday August 28th 2021 from 2pm to 3.30 pm, we can meet at TI and discuss the survey and TI’s future. The survey data will be extensively presented, as will our analysis of the data.  We can then have a broader discussion about TI and where we go to from here. 

The meeting will preferably be face-to-face, if COVID restrictions allow. That will be the best.  However, we shall also stream it on ZOOM for those who cannot attend personally or if lockdown persists. The ZOOM link will be advised via email. 

Hope to see you soon.

Alan Molloy

TI President