Drol Kar Buddhist Centre is a picturesque meditation and retreat centre approximately one and a half hours south-west of Melbourne, and only minutes away from the seaside towns of Anglesea and Torquay, the world renowned Bells Beach and the Great Ocean Road. Set in seven and a half acres of charming gardens and bushland, the Centre offers a variety of programs in the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition including philosophy and meditation classes and retreats.

Drol Kar Buddhist Centre welcomes visitors for participation in the Centre’s programs, individual meditation, walks in the garden, and private consultations (by appointment only). The Centre is open to visitors between 10.00am and 4.00pm on weekdays and weekends. At other times visitors are requested to phone ahead on 52661788 to arrange a visit.
All visitors are requested to make their presence known to the residents before going to the gompa or the garden.

White Tara Long Life Initiation ~~~ Saturday 29 November – 11.00am

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On his final teaching day for 2014 at Drol Kar Buddhist Centre
Venerable Geshe Doga will confer the White Tara Long Life Initiation

White Tara is one of the most popular deities in Tibet. This initiation of White Tara symbolises pacification activity and grants good health and long life. The main motivation for receiving this initiation is to generate the conditions for a long life, free from illness, in order to practice Dharma for the sake of all living beings. One can also do this practice on behalf of someone who is ill.
There are no prerequisites or commitments involved in attending the White Tara Long Life Initiation.
Anyone is welcome to attend the initiation, which can be taken as a blessing in order to receive positive imprints.

Complimentary Lunch

will be offered by Drol Kar Buddhist Centre free of charge following the initiation. No charge for the teaching.


prior to the day is essential if you wish to attend the Initiation
Email: drolkarbuddhistcentre@hotmail.com OR Phone: 5266 1788 to register your intention to attend.


Participants may wish to take this opportunity to make an offering to Geshe Doga and Venerable Michael after the teaching.

About the Initiation

Tara’s white colour indicates purity and Ultimate Truth, complete and undifferentiated. On each of her palms and the soles of her feet is an eye symbolising the five perfections of generosity, morality, patience, effort and concentration (represented by her five fingers and toes); these depend upon the sixth perfection, which is the development of wisdom. The four eyes symbolise her boundless compassion, by virtue of the ‘Four Immeasurables‘- compassion, love, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
The three eyes on her face symbolise the perfection of her body, speech and mind, which manifest as the purity of her conduct, words and thoughts. Above her head is Amitabha Buddha.
The transmission of initiation therefore creates the necessary conditions for each practitioner to develop the same qualities as White Tara.


Heart Sutra and Eight Verses of Mind Training Teaching DVD
We are delighted to announce the long awaited arrival of a 2 DVD set of the Heart Sutra Teachings in Melbourne. We have limited supplies available, so please order soon if you would like a copy.
Please note, the DVD recording is primarily spoken in Tibetan by His Holiness with translation into English only.
Purchase price:
$25.00 anywhere in Australia (includes postage and handling)
$30.00 international purchases (includes postage and handling)
Purchase the Heart Sutra 2013 teaching DVD

On June 19, 2013, on a crisp, sunny winter’s morning, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet visited Braybrook in the inner west of Melbourne to teach at Chua Quang Minh Temple, a Vietnamese Temple that His Holiness visited in 2011.
His Holiness accepted the invitation of Venerable Geshe Sonam Thargye, spiritual director of Drol Kar Buddhist Centre, to teach on the Heart Sutra and Eight Verses of Mind Training in Melbourne, and in doing so, also honoured a commitment made to the abbot of Chua Quang Minh, Venerable Phuoc Tan, and the Vietnamese community, to return to the Temple and teach. This acceptance set in motion an extraordinary collaboration between two great Buddhist traditions, Tibetan and Vietnamese, to bring these wonderful teachings to the people of Melbourne.
During the small, intimate gathering, His Holiness delivered a message of love and compassion, of harmony and understanding between religious faiths, and some of the most simple, yet profound, tenets of Buddhist philosophy.