About Us

Atisha Centre is a peaceful retreat centre and hub of Buddhist education, nestled in the quiet native bushland of central Victoria, near Bendigo. Founded in 1981, the Centre provides a serene and welcoming setting for all who seek time out from busy lives or wish to learn about and practise Buddhism.

Situated in close proximity to the Centre is the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, among the most significant Buddhist temples and pilgrimage destinations in the world, and the Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, where monks devote themselves to study, meditation and spiritual transformation. There is also a virtual nunnery with plans to build a permanent structure. A number of nuns currently live onsite in a temporary nuns' village.

Atisha Centre is a Mahayana Buddhist centre affiliated with the FPMT. Our Spiritual Director is Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and we follow the teachings of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

The Dja Dja Wrung people are proudly acknowledged as the traditional owners of this land.
Life-sized statue of Lama Atisha
in Atisha Centre’s main gompa
Logo: FPMT