Founded in 1978 as a not for profit self help organisation, the Buddhist Discussion Centre Australia is a home grown Australian Buddhist Temple.


The Founder of the Temple was the late John D. Hughes whose intention was for this temple to be of benefit to lay practitioners, to bring the Buddhist teachings into its modern day application and to provide the resources to do it.

Since John’s passing in 2003 the temple and teachings have been continued by his former student Anita Carter and some of John’s other students.  The temple runs weekly Dhamma classes, guided meditation and teachings by Anita and visiting monks.

We are a Regional Centre of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, an Associated Institution of the World Buddhist University, a Member of The Buddhist Council of Victoria and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria.  Our multilingual reference library houses a collection of over four  thousands books for Buddha Dhamma Scholars and Practitioners.

We are a non-sectarian temple and embrace all Buddha’s teachings.  Over the years many great monks, nuns and scholars have come from all over the world, from many traditions, to visit and give teachings and blessings at our Centre. We continue in the style and vision of our founder to help the Buddha Sasana, to spread the Dhamma, to support the Sangha and we welcome those who wish to learn and practice the Buddhist path.


Anita Carter

Abbot & Director

Frank Carter

President & Director

Peter Marshall


Simon Kearney

Director & Vice President

Claire Ransome

Vice President

Destin Nguyen

Vice President


  • To introduce a philosophy of life based on Buddha Dhamma

  • To encourage the study, practice and realisation of Buddha Dhamma

  • To provide beings with Buddha Dhamma training

  • To preserve the Buddha Dhamma at this Temple for at least 500 years

For these purposes teachings are given at our Centre in the Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Chan (Zen) traditions.


Our Meditation Hall and Library, where we practice, is both well equipped and of world standard.

Leadership and work skills are learnt at the Centre by Members with attention to the following five styles:

  • Friendliness

  • Practicality

  • Professionalism

  • Cultural Adaptability

  • Scholarship

Members employ the five styles as part of their active Buddha Dhamma practice and in a range of Community-based activities, both local and overseas.