Buddha House is a centre for Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation, located in the suburb of Magill in Adelaide, South Australia.
In the beginning …
As a result of a visit to Adelaide by a Tibetan Lama – Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1981, a need for a place to study and meditate became apparent. From the humble beginnings of meeting at a student’s house in 1982, the centre now offers a comprehensive program of teachings and practices of the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Our teachers have received their education at Kopan Monastery, Nepal and Sera Je Monastic Monastery, India and this provides us with the unique opportunity to be a part of an unbroken lineage of spiritual teachings.
The Centre is a vehicle for people to engage in compassionate action toward others as well as providing an environment where the real issues in our lives and in society can be looked at and acted upon – where theory and practice can be brought together and nurtured as a living whole.
Buddha House is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) – a global network of over 160 centres including monasteries, nunneries, publishing houses, healing centres, hospices, and meditation centres. For more information about the FPMT, visit their website.
We are an entirely volunteer run organization without any paid staff. All fees are used to support course offerings. We have a wide-ranging program from Learn to Meditate classes for beginners, to advanced classes on Buddhist philosophy and practice.
While at Buddha House, all visitors are asked to abide by the five precepts of avoiding: killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct, taking intoxicants.
If you are attending events at Buddha House it is useful to be familiar with some basic guidelines for conduct at the centre. Information concerning Gompa Etiquette is available here.
The greatest respect is shown to teachers as representing the Buddha and transmitting the lineage of teachings.
Please stand whenever the teacher enters or leaves the room and sit down immediately after he or she sits down.
Unless you are certain that a specific teacher holds another honorific title (Geshe or Rinpoche), all monks and nuns may be addressed as ‘Venerable’ or ‘Venerable [Name]’.
We try to start teachings and practices at the scheduled time. It may be helpful to plan on being present 15 minutes early in order to register and pay; this is especially true if you are new and need to ask questions; in addition, it allows some time for you to sit quietly in the Gompa. Please try to be present before teachings/events commence.
A general overview of Buddhism is available here.