Universal CompassionThe essence of Dharma practice is training the mind: cultivating peaceful and positive states of mind and reducing the negative states of mind which destroy our happiness. By developing a kind heart and strength of mind, we can fulfil all of our own and others wishes and awaken our potential for limitless good qualities.

Join the Foundation Program (FP) in Devonport studying Universal Compassion, an inspiring and empowering book that gives us the confidence and the tools to train our mind and thus achieve this inner transformation. Taught by Tasmania’s new Resident Teacher, Sarah Bissell, this course offers the perfect opportunity to take your practice to a deeper level.

Joining FP involves studying the entire book and trying to attend all classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, guided meditation, teaching and discussion. You can enrol at any time. For those in Hobart, the teachings are available by correspondence. For further information about FP please email:

INFO: Sundays, 1-5.30pm, Devonport Community House · 10 Morris Ave, Devonport.

Cost: $75 per month (Monthly fee includes attendance at all weekly drop-in classes and day courses throughout  Tasmania at no additional cost).

THE TEACHERSarah Bissell

Sarah Bissell is the Resident Teacher at Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre. She teaches with warmth and gentleness, and clearly demonstrates how Buddha’s teachings provide solutions to the problems and difficulties of modern day life.

The Program

Many Buddhist practitioners have a sincere wish to deepen their knowledge and experience of Dharma and to gain authentic spiritual realisations through a structured programme of Dharma studies. The Foundation Program is designed to fulfil this wish. It provides a systematic presentation of the basic subjects of Mahayana Buddhism and forms a perfect basis for a strong daily practice.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says:

“Our present understanding and experience of Dharma [Buddha’s teachings] is quite superficial. There is a big gap between our mind and Dharma and we cannot apply Dharma in our daily lives. Our approach remains passive, like someone watching television, and our mind remains as uncontrolled as before. Why is this? It is because we are not studying systematically, according to a specially designed program. If we just pick at Dharma randomly we shall never gain deep and stable experience. For this reason the Foundation Program is very important.”