The four Noble truths           

A Five - Day Introductory Course

MARCH 16 - 21      

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While we tend not to want to think or talk about suffering, it is in fact a part of life. Whether we like it or not, we will experience sickness, old age, and death, along with many other problems of varying intensity including dissatisfaction, loss, changing relationships, and so forth. Unless we understand the nature and causes of our suffering, we can never hope to eliminate it. To show us the path to lasting happiness, the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths — the foundation and essence of all forms of Buddhism. The first Truth diagnoses the nature of our existential illnesses and neuroses. The Second Truth explores their causes and conditions for arising. The Third Truth shows that the causes of our problems can be removed and that we can be free of suffering. The Fourth Truth includes the many paths Buddhism offers to realize that goal. The Buddha has shown that the spiritual path is uncomplicated and totally pragmatic.

You will come to understand that it is your own mind that creates your suffering and dissatisfaction, and likewise that it is your own mind that can put an end to the suffering. This empowers you to take charge of your feelings, and actions.

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 dormitory 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 your stay at Kopan will be greatly enhanced by following the course discipline.  Read more on Course Discipline here.

Course Teacher


Ven Joan Nicell has been a nun for more than 25 years.

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5 Day Course: USD 75  All inclusive

Included in cost of course: meals, 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 rooms here.

Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

Kopan Monastery is affiliated with FPMT
(Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition)