Since its introduction into Australia, Buddhism has gained wide acceptance as an exceptional philosophy that has brought inner peace, happiness and spiritual direction to the lives of countless people.
To help preserve and disseminate Tibetan Buddhist teachings, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche began establishing a global network of centres called the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
In 1994 Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked Australian Buddhist monk Ven. Thubten Gyatso (Dr. Adrian Feldman) to establish a monastery on land near Bendigo donated by the family of Mr. Ian Green. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet endorsed the name: Thubten Shedrup Ling, An Oasis for Study and Practice of the Buddha’s Teachings. With the architectural and financial support of Mr. Salim Lee and the support of many individual donors, construction began in 1996. The first monks moved in to Thubten Shedrup Ling in 1997.
Thubten Shedrup Ling is the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery to be established in Australia.