New here?

First Visit Plan

We’re so glad you’ve decided to visit us! We’ve tried to answer the most commonly asked questions. Please don’t hesitate to email us, or give us a call on (07) 3398 3310 and we will get back to you.

  • Reception opens half an hour before the class starts.
  • When you arrive, put your first name on the day’s roll and make a donation (whatever you are comfortable with)
  • A volunteer will welcome you and point out where everything is, and if it’s not busy they will show you around.
  • Get settled with a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit before going into class
  • The Dharma bell rings for class a few minutes before we start, so you won’t get left behind!

In the time before class you can relax in reception, or go straight into the meditation hall. Feel free to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, chat with fellow students, browse the gift shop, or have a look at our library in the room next door.

LTC shop
Browse the gift shop with a large selection of Buddhist books, Tibetan and Japanese incense, altar supplies, brocades and Buddhist art.

In reception you can pick up a monthly calendar, a Welcome Brochure, or a free book from the sign-in area. You can also browse the gift shop or pick up a book from the bargain box. We have a selection of malas, prayers flags, incense (including smokeless), meditation cushions and stools, Tibetan ritual items, our delicious chai, and a wide range of thangkas and cards.

If you happen to get here late, please join us anyway! After all the effort of travelling, we would much rather you come in! A volunteer will help you register and find you a seat.

What to Expect

Walk down the drive at the side of the hall, and come up the stairs to reception, the big building behind the church hall (gompa). This is where you can register and relax in the lounge before class.

Also leading off this landing is the back door to the gompa, where the toilets and shoe racks are. We use this door for most classes. (Yoga classes use the street-entry doors, as reception is not usually open then.)

Walk down the drive at the side of the church and come all the way up the stairs to reception, where you can register and get settled.

Put your first name onto the day’s roll, and make a donation if you wish.

Nearby you will find the monthly calendars, free books on Buddhism, and an email list if you want to receive weekly reminders.

The Dharma teachings are freely given, and all our events are by donation. There will be a suggested amount listed on the event, but please give whatever you are comfortable with. We have EFTPOS facilities at reception. Please don’t ever let financial considerations be the reason for not coming along!

Your contrition helps to keep the lights on, the photocopies rolling, and the mortgage paid! All donations large or small make a difference, and are greatly appreciated.

We are easily accessible by bus. Outbound from the city, get the 200 Carindale bus from the Myer Centre Platform C or the 222 Carindale bus from City Hall (both stop at the Cultural Centre and at Southbank too). The 209 St Lucia Uni also passes us, as does the 204 Carindale, slow bus stopping all stops.

We are just 50 m from the Camp Hill City Express bus stop (stop 30). The area is well-lit, but we are more than happy to accompany you to the bus stop after class.

Onsite parking is reserved for wheelchair access, class teachers, and volunteers. There is parking in the side streets around the corner, or in Bruce Street opposite us. Please be mindful of our neighbours, and leave enough space for them to get out of their driveways.

We take our shoes and hats off when entering the meditation hall (leave them on if you have medical reasons). Remember to bring warm socks in winter! Keep your shoes on your feet around the rest of the centre for safety reasons.

Out of respect for our monks and nuns, we abide by the ‘neck-to-knee’ principle. This means in summer being mindful not to wear shorts, and avoiding strappy singlets. Sleeveless tops are fine, but try to have the shoulders covered. If in doubt, bring a light sarong or scarf.

You might want to bring along a notepad and pen to take notes in class (we have some freely available at the hall door if you get caught short!)

Remember your specs! We have overhead powerpoints for some courses, and you might need them to read the puja texts.

BYO water bottle or keep cup (cups with lids in the gompa please!)

Depending on where you are in relation to the air-conditioning, you might want to bring a light shawl. If it’s winter bring along thick socks, as we take our shoes off in the meditation hall.

Most classes and pujas are hybrid, meaning you can either come along in-person or join them online. While most people prefer to come along in-person for the human connection and to be able to ask questions, the online option is a very good plan B!

If you live at a distance form the centre, coming along in-person for the first class in a course helps to establish a connection, and makes joining online for the rest of the classes a far more engaging experience. Please feel free to mix and match as you go.

Hybrid class in the gompa with FPMT teacher Eddie Peet. TV screen with powerpoint slides, and camera and screenshare for the online zoom participants.
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New here and wondering where to start?

If you’re interested in attending courses at Langri Tangpa Centre but are unsure where to begin, the Starting Point Beginner’s Welcome is your first step.

During our time together, you’ll meet our volunteers, have a short guided tour, enjoy a guided meditation, and be introduced to key concepts of Buddhist thought and practice.

It’s a conversational environment where you can learn a little about Buddhism, what our centre has to offer, and which program areas will best suit you.

Starting Point

A beginner’s welcome is held every few months on a Saturday afternoon. It includes a guided tour, short meditation, a the presentation in the gompa.

Visitors receive a welcome pack with a free book, and we enjoy delicious chai tea together afterwards. The event is freely offered.

Here are some popular favourites

Or you could start here…

There are many types of classes to get started with at Langri Tangpa Centre. Here are four of them.

Guided Meditation

1) Come to the Meditations to Calm, Cleanse, and Inspire held on Sunday mornings (10.30 am). Led by the monks and nuns, with guided mindfulness and visualisation, informal discussion, and delicious chai tea afterwards.

Beginner’s Class

2) Drop in on a beginner’s class on Introduction to Buddhism or Balancing Emotions on Tuesday evenings, (6.30 pm). You are welcome to join at any time, even if the course is part-way through.

Chanting Ceremony

3) Come to a chanting ceremony (puja) and make special prayers and dedications for loved ones. Medicine Buddha Puja is particularly good to start with, as it is held in English and very inspiring.

Meditative Art

4) Relax at a Buddhist Art Workshop, a low-key yet engrossing afternoon spent painting the small statues of the Buddha called tsa-tsas, many of which decorate our library.

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