About Us

Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist Centre is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition FPMT http://www.fpmt.org/

An organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.

Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as  taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director,  Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Chag Tong Chen Tong Centre welcomes everyone in search of methods to develop the good heart, a meaningful happy life, of any age or any cultural background,with a  wish to engage within a harmonious and supportive community of like minded friends and practioners.


Chag Tong Chen Tong was established in 1998 with advice and blessing from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to start as a study group and see how the interest is ... and so, the interest has continued to grow and the benefits seem very far reaching. Slowly, consistently we are building a strong foundation for the Dharma to flourish in Tasmania and to be accessible to countless peoples from all areas of our community and afar.

Chag Tong Chen Tong (the name given to us by Lama Zopa Rinpoche) translates as 1000 armed 1000 eyed Compassionate looking one ...

by artist Peter Iseli

The many number of arms and eyes represents the ability to see the needs, and to be of benefit to many countless sentient beings simultaneously, to relieve their suffering, and bring them to Enlightenment as quickly as possible.

The development of the good heart, loving kindness, great compassion, bodhichitta, caring for others more than one’s self, is our primary job. 
Methods to transform the mind and develop these qualities,which is where all peace and happiness originates, is our core activity at the Centre.

We have hosted many visiting Tibetan and western teachers presenting, complimenting and immeasurably enriching our program and will continue to do so until we have the fortune and means to host a resident teacher for Chag Tong Chen Tong in time to come...it is a constant wish and long term goal.

Our visiting teachers also offer event opportunities at Schools and Community Centres, Prison Facility and  Public Talks outside of the Centre venue and also have participated in health and wellbeing programs in the broader community.Visiting teacher invitations are sourced from an extensive choice of accredited and registered individual practioners / teachers / Tibetan Western Ordained and lay, within FPMT Education Department http://www.fpmt.org/education.html

Dr Sonam Takchoe has kindly supported Chag Tong Chen Tong for many years and since 2008 has contributed   on a regular bi-monthly schedule to the teaching program.Dr Sonam Takchoe is a resident of Hobart currently, having moved to Tasmania in 2002  from Sarnath India where he completed  studies at The Central Institute of Higher Studies. He is a lecturer at University of  Tasmania , within the  philosophy Department. Author of The Two Truths Debate- Tsongkhapa and Gorampa on the Middle Way Foreword by : Jay Garfield and is a contributing scholar of the 'Cowherds'  title -Moon shadows- Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy plus many more papers. Sonam is an active member of Tasmania’s small but growing Tibetan Community and in the past has been guest speaker during Mental Health Week events in Hobart being involved in hosting Mindfulness Meditation courses in collaboration with General Practioners,Health workers’ and groups suffering with depression.

Sonam was originally ordained at Kopan Monastery by the Great Master Geshe Lama Konchog http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/konchog/about.html

Please check for information and bio of Dr Sonam Thakchoe and links to journals he has written here


We host the opportunity for long and short residential and non residential retreats and ongoing education and study programs from introductory level to advanced interest with visiting teachers and via FPMT Online Learning Centre utilizing home study materials in a group environment with regular visiting FPMT Touring teachers adn Geshes

A bookshop provides access to many Buddhist  and related titles, implements and gifts.

A growing Library facility is available which incorporates a book sponsorship program to increase stock and to be able offer titles to the Public Libraries in Tasmania.

COMING SOON ~ a pictorial  journey from 1998 to 2017 celebrating, presenting all the VISITING TEACHERS that have enriched and ornamented CTCT Program ...

Here are some of our most cherished spiritual friends whom we have had the fortune to host in Hobart.

Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, H.E Dagri Rinpoche,Tulku Phuntsok Rinpoche, Geshe Tenzin Zopa, Geshe Tubten Sherab, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Geshe Doga, ,Geshe Konchog Tsering ,Ven Khedup, Gareth Sparham ( our very first teacher, for 4 months in 1998), Professor Jay L.Garfield, Dr Sonam Thakchoe, Ven Thubten Gyatso, Ven Micheal Yeshe, Ven Antonio Satta, Ven Sangye Khadro ( Kathleen Macdonald),Ven Robina Courtin, Ven Tony Beaumont, Ven Tenzin Chonyi, Ven Tenzin Chogkyi, Jampa Jaffe, Glen Svensson,TY Alexander, Andy Weber.


fpmt logoThe Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings.

"Why have we established the FPMT? Why are we establishing these facilities all over the world? I think we are clean clear as to our aim - we want to lead sentient beings to higher education. We are an organization that gives people the chance to receive higher education. We offer people what we have: the combined knowledge of Buddha's teachings and the modern way of life. Our purpose is to share our experiences of this.

We know that people are dissatisfied with worldly life, with the education system and everything else; it is in the nature of our dualistic minds to be dissatisfied. So what we are trying to do is to help people discover their own totality and thus perfect satisfaction"

Lama Yeshe


The community of CTCT facilitates, supports and continues to offer our activities dependant exclusively upon volunteer energy and the kindness of others, both financially via donations and via time and effort. Read this page for information about how you can contribute by becoming a Volunteer, Friend or Member at the center. 

A Meditation Centre offering opportunities for study ,regular group retreat program ,supported individual retreat facilities in a conducive environment for people all over the world who wish to integrate the teachings of the FPMT lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.


To provide  a conducive and harmonious environment  for the study and practice of the Buddhist teachings.  

CTCT is devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, following the teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa as presented to us by our founder  Lama Yeshe and Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through teaching, meditation and community service.
We offer the opportunities of integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefits of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

World - signifies the place and sentient beings in this world and in other worlds.

Being on the world – means that the center, project or service exists to benefit all sentient beings, the whole world, and the whole world is supporting the center, project or service.

Two palms together holding  precious wishfullfilling jewel -signifies the ability to be able to satisfy every sentient beings needs and wishes - symbol of Bodhicitta-great compassion {our name,Chag Tong Chen Tong , given to us by Lama Zopa Rinpoche translates as 1000 armed compassionate eyed looking one - the Compassion Buddha}


Welcome ~ please enjoy planning your visit to this most irresistible, pristine delightful spot on our planet

A place for hearts to blossom in the spaciousness ~ in the cleanest air you will ever breath ~ the bluest waters ~ the greenest leaf ~ rainbows abounding ~  the warmest nurturing communities ~ everything, a feast for the senses to enjoy and share ~ a life style full of quite amazing possibilities