The Melbourne Buddhist Centre is run by the Triratna Buddhist Community, an international network dedicated to practising and teaching Buddhist ethics, meditation and wisdom in the contemporary world. Regular meditation courses and Buddhism courses are held at the Centre. There are five guided introductory drop-in meditation classes per week involving basic meditation instruction alongside classes for more experienced meditators. Public talks on Buddhism are offered by local and visiting speakers. The Centre also offers a program of day retreats and longer retreats providing an opportunity to deepen aspects of Buddhist practice.
The Centre caters for visits from school groups, as well as providing speakers for schools and colleges. There is a well-stocked bookshop at the Centre, a reference and lending library of Buddhist books and a DVD library of Buddhist films.