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Happiness and suffering come from your own mind, not from outside. Your own mind is the cause of happiness; your own mind is the cause of suffering. To obtain happiness and pacify suffering, you have to work within your own mind.
Lama zopa rinpoche

Welcome to Buddha House

Situated in Magill, Adelaide and housed in a beautifully restored 125 year old former church, Buddha House is a warm and friendly place to learn Buddhism and meditation.

All levels of teachings are offered, from introductory teachings on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, to advanced studies for those who are familiar with the Dharma.

Teachings are given by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners who have received an education at Kopan Monastery, Nepal and Sera Je Monastic University, India. Learn to meditate with classes led by trained, experienced meditation leaders.

New here? Check out our Getting Started section.

Buddhist Teachings & Meditation

Featured Events

10 July

First Turning of Wheel Day

Date 10 July 2024
Cost
Known in English as “Turning the Wheel of Dharma,” Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching. It is said that for seven weeks after his enlightenment,…
13 July

Death Cafe

Time 10:00AM
Cost
Talking about death won’t kill you! In a relaxed and friendly space, it can raise awareness and create lively and interesting conversation. When we talk about death it can help…
14 July

Public Talk by Geshema Namdol Phuntsok: Facing Death & Finding Hope

Time 2:00PM
Cost
With Geshema Namdol Phuntsok Followed by Cake and Chai in Tara Hall Book through Trybooking here.
11 August

Public Talk by Geshema Namdol Phuntsok: Finding Purpose in Turbulent Times

Time 2:00PM
Cost
With Geshema Namdol Phuntsok Book through Trybooking here. Followed by Cake and Chai in Tara Hall

Featured Courses

Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma

with Venerable Thubten Dondrub

LEVEL Beginner/Intermediate
AVAILABLE ONLINE Yes
START DATE Tuesday, 4 June 2024
TIME Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DURATION 5 sessions
RETREAT DAY Sunday, 7 July 2024

Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect and generate a clear understanding about how karma works. Discover effective tools to accumulate merit – the cause of happiness and success – and purify mistaken actions done in the past. In addition, explore ways to become adept at dealing with life most effectively and thereby take control of your future.

Facility fee, full course: $125 (Member/Concession: $100)
Hard copy of course book: $25
Come and try the first session: $25 (Member/Concession: $20)
Retreat Day: $30 (Member/Concession: $25). Please bring a plate of vegetarian food to share.

Like to know more about the Discovering Buddhism series? Check out our introductory video, recorded by resident teacher Venerable Thubten Dondrub.

Wheel of Sharp Weapons

with Venerable Thubten Dondrub

LEVEL Intermediate/Advanced
AVAILABLE ONLINE Yes
START DATE Thursday, 11 April 2024
TIME Thursday nights, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DURATION 10 sessions (there are some weeks with no session – please check the calendar.)

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is a text from the mind training tradition emphasising that bodhicitta is the heart of our practice, and the core of bodhicitta training is overcoming the self-cherishing thought and cherishing others.

This particular text emphasises all the harm that comes from self-cherishing by illustrating the many negative actions we create because of it and all its suffering consequences.

The text goes on to show how the law of cause and effect and self-cherishing are inextricably related to our self-grasping ignorance, and how we can overcome it.

Facility Fee: Waged $180 / Members & Concession $135

Includes link to live streaming and access to YouTube recordings of the entire series.

Drop-in sessions welcome: Waged $20 / Members & Concession $15 per night.

Geshema Namdol Phuntsok: Tuesday Night Teachings

LEVEL Suitable for everyone
AVAILABLE ONLINE Yes
START DATE Tuesday, 16 July 2024
TIME Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DURATION 7 sessions

TOPICS
Tuesday 16 July
Impermanence: “Does change always bring Suffering?”

Tuesday 23 July
Karma:”Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Tuesday 30 July
Compassion: “Loving Kindness is the Best Medicine”

Tuesdays 6 July to 27 August July
The Four Noble Truths: The first teachings the Buddha gave on the Path to Enlightenment

Register for the Tuesday Package (all sessions) and receive a weekly link to YouTube, which will stay active until 29 September.
Waged $150
Members/Concession $120
Gold/Silver Bodhisattva Members: Free

Drop-in (single session): $25 or $20 Members/Concession

GOLD PACKAGE FOR ENTRY TO ALL OF GESHEMA’S EVENTS:
Waged $375
Members/Concession $300

Geshema Namdol Phuntsok: Thursday Night Teachings

LEVEL Suitable for everyone
AVAILABLE ONLINE Yes
START DATE Thursday, 11 July 2024
TIME Thursday nights, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DURATION 8 sessions

TOPICS
Thursday 11 July
“Geshema’s Life Story”

Thursday 18 July
“Compassion Needs Wisdom”

Thursday 25 July
“How to Have a Meaningful Life”

Thursday 1 August
“Brave Heart Wise Mind”

Thursday 8 August
“How Meditation Helps in Everyday Life”

Thursday 15 August
“How we Grasp at a Separate Self”

Thursday 22 August
“Intro to Tantra” week 1

Thursday 29 August
“Intro to Tantra” week 2

Register for the Thursday Package (all sessions) and receive a weekly link to YouTube, which will stay active until 29 September.

Waged $150
Members/Concession $120
Gold/Silver Bodhisattva Members: Free

Drop-in (single session): $25 or $20 Members/Concession

GOLD PACKAGE FOR ENTRY TO ALL OF GESHEMA’S EVENTS:
Waged $375
Members/Concession $300

Conversations That Matter (Discussion Group)

Exploring timeless values inspired by the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life

Join us in a casual discussion group as we explore mental tools you can use for wellbeing and satisfaction in everyday life. Everyone is welcome.

WHEN Saturdays, 1 June to 29 June
TIME 10.30am to 12.00pm
AVAILABLE ONLINE No

THEME: “How we think – change our mind, change our life.”

June 6: Guideline 01. HUMILITY – to be willing and able to learn from others
June 8:  Guideline 02. PATIENCE – to cultivate a calm and spacious mind
June 15:  Guideline 03. CONTENTMENT – to enjoy who we are and what we have
June 22: NO SESSION
June 29:  Guideline 04. DELIGHT – to rejoice in the good fortune of others

Led by Annette, in a relaxed, comfortable environment.
Attend all sessions, or drop in when you can.
Cuppa and snacks provided.
Suggested Donation $5

Buddha House invites and welcomes every person seeking refuge in the Buddha's teachings of wisdom and compassion to practice.

Buddha House acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live. We pay our respects to elders, past, present and future, as well as all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – their country, culture, and community.

Dedication

May everyone who sees, hears, or thinks (even in frustration) of this web site be freed in that very second from all their sufferings, diseases, spirit harms, negative karmas and obscurations, and abide in the peerless happiness of full enlightenment forever.

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