Kapan Monastery was once open to visitors all week but with too many visitors arriving, entrance has been restricted. There is a library and a large garden with solar lights that light for evenings. A proper restaurant with great views of Kathmandu down below is open to all and serves good meals. During special pujas, large crowds of devotees climb up to the monastery to receive blessings and pay homage.
From the very beginning, Kopan was conceived by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche as a place of study and meditation for both the Himalayan sangha and for their many foreign students. In preserving this tradition to this day, Kopan has become a unique place, a meeting place between East and West, between religious and worldly life.
In its course program, Kopan Monastery continues to transmit the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to ultimate happiness and freedom from suffering. The aim is to lay the foundations on which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility.
The study of the mind is one of the guiding principles of Buddhism in general and Tibetan Buddhism in particular. It determines the quality of our life and of our relationships. Tibetan Buddhism helps us to understand the root causes of our problems, and at the same time offers the remedies that can help us to change, to lead a happier, more satisfying and meaningful life.
So if you find yourself in a time of transition, of emotional turmoil, or are just curious to find out about Buddhism and what it can do for you, getting to know your own mind is of essential importance. The courses in our program are following this line of thought, offering different approaches to this all important point.
The Course Program caters for various levels of interest as well as knowledge, and ranges from introductory and intermediate courses to intensive exploration of the philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. The focus is on the application of the skills in your daily life – how can you use this new knowledge to improve your life, your understanding of yourself and others.
Retreat, be it in a group or individually, complements the teachings with intensive practice under experienced guidance.
In between courses Daily Dharma Talks give a taste of the Buddhist viewpoint and let the visitors experience directly the joys of meditation.