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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

Annual Easter Retreat

Friday April 7th until Sunday April 9th 2023

8:30am to 5pm each day

Geshe Lobsang Dorje will be giving a commentary on

Mind and Awareness

Buddhism points to the mind as the primary source of pain and pleasure, failures and successes, and offers an in-depth knowledge of mind and emotions that ebb and wane. The course will focus on what mind is and grouping the types of mind into various divisions- conceptual and non conceptual, mistaken and unmistaken, primary and secondary etc; and finding out the characteristics and function of each one of those types of mind. Understanding the mind is indispensable to understand karma and kleshas and make a sense of the entire Buddhist Path to Enlightenment.

Everyone is welcome to attend - there are no prerequisites or commitments


The course comprises guided meditation sessions, teachings from  Geshe Lobsang Dorje, discussions, and time to enjoy walks in Landcox Park.  The retreat will be held at Tara Institute, however we have no accommodation available at the present time.

Early Bird facility fee if paid before 3pm on the 5th April 2023

$225 members  $250 non-members

after 5th April the facility fee is

$250 members  $275 non-members

For catering purposes please book and pay the office before the 5th of April by clicking HERE

or call 9596 8900 or email

The price includes a delicious vegetarian lunch each day and morning and afternoon tea

Tara Institute

is looking for 
a new

Spiritual Programme Coordinator

Click here to read more about the position, including how to apply

Indian Food

Evening Meals are back!

Commencing Monday April 3, our dining room will 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 are preferred, by 2pm on the day

Click here for more info and to book

the Golden Light Sutra

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Recitations for Venerable Geshe Doga’s Long Life

Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche has recommended we do this practice to remove any

obstacles to the Venerable Geshe Doga’s long life.


Recitation Day

Sunday March 26th 2023

Please join us for this inspiring practice

click here for more info

Target - 3000

Tally so far - 857

It is especially effective if done by Venerable Geshe Doga’s own students, Rinpoche explained.


If you would like to participate in this meritorious practice, or to report any new recitations for our tally,

please contact or call the office on 03 9596 8900

You can download the text from the FPMT website here


Monday Nights

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March 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 8pm

presented in March by Alan Molloy

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation

Philosophical tools to help you with everyday challenges

Suitable for beginners and older students alike

Tuesday Nights

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 7:45pm

Middle Length Lamrim

by Lama Tsong Khapa


with Geshe Doga

Wednesdays 11am

Wednesday meditation session

with Allys Andrews

Wednesday midmorning simple half-hour calm-abiding meditation with Allys Andrews. Please feel free to come along for a short pausing moment.

Wednesday Nights


March 1, 8, 15, 22 at 8pm

Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

by Shantideva

with Geshe Lobsang



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.

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