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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

23 May

Saka Dawa

Date 23 May 2024
Saka Dawa is the most important Tibetan Buddhist festival day, celebrating Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. Buddhists around the world engage in many auspicious and merit-making activities such as sponsoring or engaging…

Featured Courses

Discovering Buddhism: Mind and its Potential

with Venerable Thubten Dondrub

LEVEL Beginner/Intermediate
START DATE Tuesday, 9 April 2024
TIME Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DURATION 6 sessions
RETREAT DAY Sunday, 19 May 2024

In this module we will explore the difference between mind and brain, mind as the creator of our experiences, and the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end.

Discover the great potential of our mind and how it determines our experience of happiness and suffering thereby helping us to develop a more positive and joyous mind.

The Buddhist concept of mind is the key to understanding all the Buddha’s teachings.

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.

Wheel of Sharp Weapons

with Venerable Thubten Dondrub

LEVEL Intermediate/Advanced
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.

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

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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