Dr. Ross Moore

Dr Ross Moore was born in 1954 in Broken Hill, an outback desert mining town in New South Wales. He first encountered Tibetan Buddhism at Atisha Center near Bendigo Australia in 1983. His magical first glimpse of Lama Zopa Rinpoche was on a throne in a small wooden church in a reconstructed gold-rush town built as a tourist resort, complete with steam-engines, horses and drays. and giant aviaries full of emus and sulfur-crested cockatoos with whom Lama Zopa talked, following the church discourses. In 1984 he became Spiritual Program Co-ordinator at Tara Institute in Melbourne. At the instigation of the resident teacher, the Venerable Geshe Doga, he set up the Tara Institute Study Group as well as other areas of the teaching program which are still extant.

Over the years he has taught many introductory classes, weekend courses, and retreat workshops as part of a team of dedicated Tara Institute students who are also asked to teach elsewhere. Ross is a frequent visitor to Sera Je Monastery where he has had the fortune to sit amongst the monks receiving Lama Zopa’s heart advice on how to conduct a meaningful life. Also he has attended many of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings in India, including all of the Jangchub Lam-Rim cycle which took place over several years across the monastic seats of Lama Tsong Khapa.

Ross retired early from lecturing in art and design in order to concentrate on Buddhist publishing work. He has just finished editing Geshe Doga’s commentary on Six Session Guru Yoga and is currently assisting in the publication of Geshe Doga’s commentary on Atisha’s Lamp of the Path.

Ross is an engaging and experienced presenter who enjoys drawing upon Western psychological and philosophical traditions as well as the ancient Buddhist texts, together with their experiential lineages. His sessions are always fun and intellectually adventurous, yet always grounded in a practical emphasis on meditation and mind transformation.

In 2017 he successfully had a stem transplant for bone marrow cancer. He says this helped bring home the reality of the Dharma as our most precious tool for living well and meaningfully, and seizing the essence of each moment.

He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and is closely connected to Tara Institute.