The Discovering Buddhism course is perfect for beginners. Scheduled throughout the year, it is based on the Lam Rim (The Graduated Path to Enlightenment).
It provides an overview over Tibetan Buddhism, and introduces you to its fundamental principles. Learning how to apply these principles to your life makes the teachings very meaningful. The course also introduces you to the different types of meditation that can be used to calm the mind.
A special feature of the ten day course is the two day silent retreat at the end. This is a great opportunity to gain practical experience of a meditation retreat.
You will also receive guidance on setting up your own daily practice.
The Discovering Buddhism course forms the foundation for other, more advanced programs and is a requirement for the intermediate courses and some retreats. The courses are led by Western Sangha with daily teachings from a Tibetan Lama.
If you are interested in Buddhism, or experience problems in your life such as uncontrolled emotions, or dissatisfaction, this course will give you some skills to address these problems and make your life more fulfilling and meaningful. In the process you will meet like minded people and make new friends - friends that have shared your experience, and will provide support on the path.
Details of the course
Check-in for the course is 3.30 pm on the first day, but you are welcome to come earlier. The course concludes with lunch on the last day.
All courses are residential with accommodation and food provided.
Your daily schedule begins at 6.30 am and finishes at 9 pm with the evening meditation. Participants are required to attend all sessions. Silence is kept from 10 pm till after lunch the next day to help to keep the mind focused on the course. The daily schedule includes sessions of meditation, teachings and discussion groups. The course leaders as well as the Tibetan lamas of the monastery, are available for personal guidance.
Discipline is an essential aspect in training the mind and changing habits. The benefit from attending this course and of your stay at Kopan will be greatly enhanced by following the course discipline. Please note that attendance at all sessions is compulsory. Read more on Course Discipline here.
In alll our courses: all phones and other gadgets that are connectable to the internet need to be checked in on arrival. Strict phone silence is mandatory. Private phone lines are avaialble for emergency calls.
Dates for 2017
May - the May course is now complety booked out. We do not accept any more registrations.
June 11 - 21
September 4 - 14
10 day courses: USD 140 All inclusive
(This includes food, accommodation in dormitory, and course material)
Please note: if you choose accommodation other than dormitory, a charge will apply for the room of your choice. Please check the prices of our room here