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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

Featured Courses

Introduction to Buddhism

LEVEL Beginner
 2 March 2024
DURATION 4 sessions
Saturday mornings, 10am – 12pm

This beginner’s course assumes little or no knowledge about Buddhism. It presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles within the Tibetan Mahayana context. The course is presented in four sessions and is led by senior student Denny Moffat.

Commencing with a brief history of the Buddha’s life, the course will cover the Four Noble Truths, Impermanence, how to free yourself from the delusions that cause suffering, karma, rebirth, refuge, bodhicitta, daily practice, purification and more.

Attendance in-person only. Registration essential.
Facility fee: $80 (Member/Concession: $60)

Discovering Buddhism: How to Establish a Daily Practice

with Venerable Thubten Dondrub

LEVEL Beginner/Intermediate
START DATE Tuesday, 6 February 2024
TIME Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DURATION 6 sessions
RETREAT DAY Sunday, 17 March 2024

Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and find out the elements necessary to generate realizations. Get some tips for making every action you do meaningful.

Suitable only for those who have previously studied Tibetan Buddhism, and are serious about setting up a daily practice.

Facility fee, full course: $150 (Member/Concession: $120)
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.

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, 6 April to 27 April
TIME 10.30am to 12.00pm

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

April 6: Guideline 01. HUMILITY – to be willing and able to learn from others
April 13:  Guideline 02. PATIENCE – to cultivate a calm and spacious mind
April 20:  Guideline 03. CONTENTMENT – to enjoy who we are and what we have
April 27:  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

Parting From the Four Attachments

with Venerable Thubten Dondrub

LEVEL Intermediate/Advanced
START DATE Thursday, 15 February 2024
TIME Thursday nights, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DURATION 6 sessions

Gen Thubten Dondrub will be giving a series of six talks on the text Parting From the Four Attachments.

This classic text from the Sakya tradition gets straight to the heart of the obstacles to our Dharma practice and how to overcome them.

Facility Fee: Waged $100 / Members & Concession $75

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.

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.


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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