Our History

Our History

Buddha House is a centre for Buddhist study and meditation, located in the suburb of Magill, Adelaide, South Australia, and 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.

In the beginning …
As a result of a visit to Adelaide by a Tibetan Lama in 1981 – Lama Thubten Yeshe (and in 1982 Lama Zopa Rinpoche) – a need for a place to study and meditate became apparent. From the humble beginnings of meeting at a student’s house, the centre now offers a comprehensive program of teachings and practices, providing the South Australian community with the conditions for the study and practice of the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

We are an entirely volunteer run organization without any paid staff. All facility fees are used to support course offerings, teachers and the centre. We have a wide-ranging program from Learn to Meditate classes for beginners, to advanced classes on Buddhist philosophy and practice.

Buddha House provides authentic teachings by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners who have received their education at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, and Sera Je Monastic University, India. This provides us with the unique opportunity to be a part of an unbroken lineage of spiritual teachings. In addition, Buddha House is a vehicle for people to engage in compassionate action toward others and 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.

While at Buddha House, all visitors are asked to abide by the five precepts of avoiding killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct, taking intoxicants

Visitors to the centre sometimes wonder about the significance of the Prayer Wheel installed in the reception area.

bh-prayer-wheelPrayer wheels traditionally contain tightly wrapped rolls of mantras containing the essence of the Buddha’s teachings and these imbue the wheel with extraordinary power. Turning a prayer wheel has a similar effect to reciting the mantra as many times as there are mantras in the wheel.

Our prayer wheel was created and donated to Buddha House by a long term student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Buddha House. The wheel was officially consecrated by Geshe Pema Tsering and the Drati Khangtsen monks on the 6th of July 2007, coinciding with His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday. Inside the prayer wheel are 10 million copies of the Chenrezig Mantra “OM MANI PADME HUM”. It is beneficial for our centre and for all sentient beings to circumambulate the wheel in a clockwise direction.

The Chenrezig Mantra – the six syllables – “Om-Ma-ni-Pad-me-Hum” is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. You can listen to the mantra now – the play button is on the right of this page at the top.

The practitioner most often spins the wheel clockwise, as the direction in which the mantras are written is that of the movement of the sun across the sky. As the practitioner turns the wheel, it is best to focus the mind and repeat the Chenrezig Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.