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Centre for Buddhist Study and Meditation

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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 Judy Mayne

6, 13, 20 & 27 May at 8pm

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


Judy Mayne


Middle Length Lamrim by Lama Tsong Khapa with Venerable Geshe Doga

7, 14, 21 & 28 May 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

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May at 8pm

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

Wednesday Morning Meditations


Morning Meditations

Every Wednesday Morning at 11am

(1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 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 

21 April, May (Cancelled), 16 June, 21 July

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

2, 16, 30 May 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.

School Program


Introduction to Meditation for Students

This session is available for students to experience an Introduction to Buddhism meditation class at Tara Institute, or at your school if that is your preference. The session can follow a secular presentation of mindfulness and meditation if that is more suitable.


1pm Sunday June 16 | Brighton East


Vajrayogini is one of the meditational deities of mother
tantra, the principle source of explaining the method for generating the blissful clear light. Vajrayogini, the
diamond meditator, is the female embodiment of the
wisdom of the inseparability of great bliss and emptiness.

On June 16th Geshe Doga will kindly confer the
Vajrayogini initiation. (Attendees must have, at least, a

highest yoga tantra initiation.)

Thursday 23 May 2024 ~ 8pm - 9.30pm |

Brighton East 

2024 Saka Dawa Puja

Saka Dawa is a special month in the Buddhist calendar. During this month we celebrate the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and paranirvana. Spiritual practice is encouraged during this time because of the power of these auspicious events. It is a particularly good time to be mindful of our actions: avoiding those that harm others and cultivating those that help others. It is, therefore, most beneficial to practise generosity

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Sunday 26 May 2024 ~ 9am - 12pm | Brighton East

2024 Recitation Day- Shantideva Text

Creating the causes for developing immeasurable love, compassion and wisdom by reciting The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life with Geshe Doga, Geshe Lobsang Dorje, Geshe Jangchod and the Tara Institute community Sunday 26th May  9.00am to midday.

“As long as space remains, As long as transmigratory beings remain, Until then may I too remain, To dispel the suffering of transmigratory beings”.


2024 Saka Dawa - Sacred Heart Collection

1 May - 6 June 2024 | Brighton East 

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One of, if not the most important auspicious day in the Buddhist Calendar.  It celebrates the birth , enlightenment and Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. 

Spiritual practice is encouraged during this time due to the power of these special events. 

This year, once again Tara Institute will be collecting non-perishable food items and money for the Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda.  They feed the hungry and homeless 365 days a year which is all run by volunteers. It is a wonderful organisation. Please be generous. The collection box and food basket are located outside the main gompa.

For more information please call TI office at  3 9596 8900 or  email  Kim at

Tara Institute is now a donation partner in the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme! 
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You can now exchange eligible drink containers for 10 cents.

Together we can make a positive difference to our community and our environment. 

All eligible drink containers are worth a 10 cent refund that you can either keep, or donate to a community donation partner. If you would like to donate the refund to Tara Institute, you can use this barcode or Donation Partner ID at the refund point when you deposit your containers. 

To find your nearest donation point, go to 

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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