Tibetan Buddhist Society (Sydney)

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Tibetan Buddhist Society (Sydney)

Tibetan Buddhist Society (Sydney)

Main School Vajrayana
Sub School Tibetan, Gelug
Affiliation Tibetan Buddhist Society (Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre )
Contact person(s) Nancy Carlisle, Rod Lee
Founder(s) Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
Teacher(s) Venerable Chris Watkins, Rod Lee, Nancy Carlisle
Spiritual Director Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
Director(s) Rod Lee, Nancy Carlisle, Michelle Cross
Monks Venerable Geshe Thubten Chöden, Venerable Chris Watkins
Contact Infotmation
Address 175 Denison Road
Dulwich Hill
New South Wales 2203
Country Australia
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Phone (02) 9569 0918, (02) 9969 6235, (02) 9362 9327
Mobile 04 19 227 535
Website http://tibetanbuddhistsociety.net.au
Email info@tibetanbuddhistsociety.net.au


Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden

Geshe-la’s passing will be felt deeply by thousands of people in Australia, India, Tibet and throughout the world. For all those whose lives have been enriched by attending his peerless Dharma teachings, reading his nine precious Dharma books, his personal advice and guidance and his innumerable forms of generosity, it is difficult to express how much Geshe-la will be missed.

Geshe-la’s life has deeply inspired us: he has shown us what it really means in practical terms to practise the Dharma. To receive the precious teachings on bodhichitta, and on the perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, energetic perseverance, concentration and wisdom is one thing; but to see Geshe-la continuously putting them into practice in his daily activities has been something else altogether.

Geshe-la’s repeated message to his students over many years has been, above all, to care for others, support others, love others, avoid harming others, to look after others more than oneself. Geshe-la recently said, “If we spend our time on this earth in developing the special human qualities of kindness, compassion and in looking after others then our life will be useful and meaningful.” By this, and any, measure Geshe-la’s life has been supremely useful and meaningful. We pray that he will return to us very quickly, quickly and continue to give us teachings and inspire our Dharma practice.

Born in 1924, Geshe-la become a monk at the age of seven. Completing his study of all divisions of Buddhist philosophy, he was awarded the highest possible degree, the Geshe Lharampa. Among the candidates examined he was graded first. Geshe-la was one of the few Geshes selected by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to study for the Acharya (Master’s) degree at Varanasi’s Sanskrit university in India. He then went on to gain a Master’s qualification in Vajrayana Buddhism after six years’ study at Gyudmed Tantric College.

About the Sydney Centre


The Sydney centre currently has 2 monks in residence: Venerable Geshe Thubten Chöden and Venerable Chris Watkins.

The vision of the Sydney Centre is to provide a spiritual home offering the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of the Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden for its members and the wider community.

Activities at the Sydney Centre include:

  • providing a teaching program that meets the community and member needs
  • creating an environment that is conducive to study and meditation
  • growing the Centre and its community
  • raising funds to purchase a Centre

The Centre is managed by the following directors:

  • Rod Lee
  • Nancy Carlisle
  • Michelle Cross

Centre activities and the resident Sangha community are funded through donations from students.


Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden is the Founder and Spiritual Leader of the Tibetan Buddhist Society and resides in Melbourne. The following teachers are located in Sydney.

Venerable Chris Watkins

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Chris has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1970. He has been a student of Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden since 1977 and was ordained in 1986. He has been a resident of the Sydney Centre since 1982 and a teacher since 1984.

Rod Lee


Rod Lee has studied under Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden since 1978 and has been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for 22 years. He has been involved in health care management and education for the past 29 years. He is also a Shiatsu practitioner with extensive training in oriental medicine, nutrition and postural realignment and has also been an instructor of Tai Chi for the past 34 years.

Nancy Carlisle


Nancy Carlisle was a teacher and psychologist in her working life. She has studied under Venerable Geshe Achayra Thubten Loden since 1991 and has taught at the Tibetan Buddhist Society Sydney Centre since 1996. She has also taught Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist classes and advanced classes at the Mosman Community College since 2004.

Contact Us

175 Denison Road, Dulwich Hill
NSW 2203 Australia.

Please email us at


Or telephone

Nancy Carlisle
(02) 9969 6235, or 0419 227 535


Rod Lee
(02) 9362 9327

Payments: NAB Tibetan Buddhist Society, Sydney
BSB: 082356
Account: 049900472


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We are located in Dulwich Hill close to transport. There is ample parking and the nearest cross street to the Centre in Denison Rd is Piggott St.


Alight at Dulwich Hill shops on New Canterbury Road

425 Rockdale
426 Circular Quay (via railway square)
445 Balmain


Board the train at Wynyard, Town Hall or Central stations on the Bankstown line. Alight at Lewisham Station, it is approximately 15 minutes walk to the centre.

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