Dorje Ling Retreat Centre (TAS)

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Dorje Ling Retreat Centre (TAS)
Main School Vajrayana
Sub School Tibetan, Gelug
Affiliation Tashi Choling Dharma Foundation Inc., Gaden for the West
Founded 1977
President(s) Charles Chadwick,
Spiritual Director Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Contact Infotmation
Address 1078 Lorinna Road
Tasmania 7306
Country Australia
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Phone (03) 6363 5178, (03) 6223 5023
Mobile 04 32 630 796
Postal Address PO Box 593 North Hobart TAS 7002 Australia


Tashi Choling Dharma Foundation Inc. is a non-profit incorporated association based in Tasmania, Australia. It aims to ensure the continuity of the study and practice of buddhadharma through providing teachers, courses and facilities, to foster open communication amongst all spiritual traditions, and to bring benefit to others through providing opportunities for the development of wisdom and compassion.

We have two main thrusts: the Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre (running in Hobart since 1982) and Dorje Ling Retreat Centre (running at Lorinna, Tasmania since 1977, and purchased by us in 2002).

TCDF Office Bearers 2016:

President Charles Chadwick
Vice President Guy Turnbull
Treasurer George Ramm
Public Officer Roger Maclennan
Secretary Madhu Lilley
Elected Members
Maria Grist
Jill Wright
Kate MacNicol
Josef Fazackerley
Mark Vanden Enden
John Grist

Dorje Ling

Outside the Gompa

“Dorje Ling has a wonderful, natural, simplicity and beauty … a very special place to be … places such as this are becoming rare in the modern world.”

Dorje Ling Retreat Centre (previously Illusion Farm) is located in the beautiful and secluded Lorinna Valley in the heart of Tasmania, in the mountains not far from the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Park.

The Centre is situated on 48 acres of native forest and parklands, and includes a beautiful hexagonal log meditation building, a kitchen/dining building, a caretaker’s/manager’s house, a self-contained long-term retreat house/teacher’s residence, a solar-powered shower system, and several retreat huts. The property is serviced by both solar power and a small hydro-electric system (under construction), and it also has ample space for camping. Walking and meditation tracks give access to the surrounding bushland. Many native birds provide a wonderful soundscape backdrop to the walking trails. Situated above a lake and bounded by forested hills, this peaceful sanctuary has a healing power which has been recognised by all who have meditated here. Testimonials are here

The Vision

The Vision

To build up the Dorje Ling Retreat Centre property as a beneficial resource for all beings.

The Opportunity

Dorje Ling Retreat Centre has always enjoyed extensive dharma community input into its development and maintenance, but prior to our purchase of the property in 2002, had always been privately owned. Since our purchase of this property we have been slowly developing it into a vibrant retreat centre.

We Need Your Help

This is an invitation to you to contribute to the building up of resources and facilities at Dorje Ling, or to helping raise the required funds to repay the loan on the property. Please participate in the preservation of this Centre which will continue to support the teaching of wisdom, compassion and non-clinging awareness.

What We Need

We need people to pledge an amount monthly to help us to service our loan, people who can donate to the maintenance of the property, and people who can help in practical ways to administer the property.


Dorje Ling is the second oldest retreat centre in Australia. It hosted its first meditation retreat in 1977, led by Phra Khantipalo. In 1978, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden taught the first Lam Rim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment) course, with Zasep Tulku Rinpoche translating. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche was subsequently invited and agreed to become spiritual director.

From the beginning, the list of retreats and teachers who have taught there reflects the richness and depth of all traditions of Buddhism. As well as Phra Khantipalo, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, teachers have included Traleg Rinpoche, Ayya Khema, Hogen San, Gala Tulku Rinpoche, Jampa Gendun, Tarchin Hearn and Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey.

The Gompa was built using bullocks. Huge logs were cut in the bush in the 1970s, and dragged onto the site by a bullock team led by Harold Riley and Henry Steers. The strength and solidity of the resulting building have been an unique feature of this Centre which has been enjoyed by retreatants ever since.

Tashi Choling Dharma Foundation Inc. have purchased this property for the ongoing use of the Sangha.