The 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) with Sarah Bissell studying The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa. 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 enrolling for a section of a book and attending all classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, guided meditation, teaching and discussion. Students from our regional branches can join our correspondence study program – please contact us for more information about the correspondence program at or 03 6343 1044.

Starting in September 2019. Please contact the Admin Director for the class you wish to join, as detailed below.

Devonport · Sundays · 1-5pm
Devonport Community House · 10 Morris Ave

Launceston · Mondays · 7-9pm
Launceston Linc – AE · High St Centre · Room 4 · 8 High Street

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.”