RETREATS

'If you look closely at and contemplate deeply

the people and things that appear around you,

You can see that all  are in constant Flux.

Everything becomes a teacher of Impermanence.'

Excerpts from ' Meditations on the ways of impermanence.

 

 

 

The purpose of retreat is deepening the understanding of Dharma through intensive contemplation and integrating it into one's mind stream, in an quiet place. Undisturbed by worldly activity, the mind has the opportunity to turn inward and explore our inner world. 

Kopan Monastery accepts both experienced practitioners as well as beginners for a retreat. You can attend one of our group retreats, or do your own retreat.  

 

Group Retreats

 Kopan Monastery offers group retreats as part of its yearly course program. These retreats are lead by experienced teachers. Depending on the type of retreat, students might be accepted by application only and special conditions may apply. Please find out more on the requirements as well as application form for these retreats below by clicking on the title of the retreat. 

 

Private Retreat

If you wish to do a private retreat, please note that we support mainly retreats in the Tibetan traditions. Due to limited retreat space, we give preference to FPMT students. Click on the 'Private Retreat' tab for more information on this. If you haven't done a retreat before, we advise to join one of the group retreats at Kopan or any other center.

 

 

Group Retreats

Group Retreats

 Kopan Monastery offers group retreats as part of its yearly course program.  These retreats are usually for more advanced practitioners only and lead by experienced teachers. 

Kopan also offers Medicine Buddha Retreat and Tara retreat during the year. Please check the course calendar occasionally for updates. 

Depending on the type of retreat, students might be accepted by application only and special conditions may apply.

Please find out more on the requirements as well as application forms for these retreats below by clicking on the title of the retreat.

 

FPMT Centers are welcome to use the Kopan facilities for group retreats. Please email us with your request.

 

Group Retreats in 2018

May 14 - 31                   Nyung Ne Fasting Retreat at the Kopan Nunnery - please book directly at the Nunnery

September 9-19           Green Tara Retreat (Bookings for this retreat will open in two weeks time)

Group Retreats in 2019

January 2019               3 - Month Vajrasattva Retreat

The date will be published in September 2018 and registrations will be accepted from late September onward.

 

Private Retreats

Private Retreats

"Retreat offers a situation where it is possible to fulfill our basic human potential and develop all the positive qualities within ourselves." Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Private retreat refers to a solitary time, to concentrate on your practice.

Kopan provides a very blessed and inspiring environment for experienced meditators looking for a peaceful retreat place.  Kopan Monastery supports in particular retreats in the Tibetan tradition, such as Lam Rim retreat, preliminary practices (such as water bowl offering, Dorje Khadro) and tantric retreats (if you have the commitment). Preference  is giving to students who have already attended course or retreats at Kopan.

Serious practitioners following the Tibetan Tradition with retreat commitments (up to three month) are welcome.

All private retreaters will have an interview with one of our teachers before the start of the retreat to discuss the retreat schedule.

Thinking about retreat?

Please consider the points below before sending your retreat application:

1. If you  are new to Buddhisms, we recommend that you first attend one of our introductory courses to create the base for the retreat. Following this,  you are welcome to talk to our resident meditation teacher on advice about doing a follow-up retreat.

2. At the moment we only accept retreat applications for experienced student for a minimum of 14 days.

3. Kopan does not have the facilities for Mindfulness or Vipassana retreat.  We recommend that you contact the Burmese Center in Lumbini, which offers perfect facilities and support for this kind of retreat:   www.panditarama-lumbini.info/

4. If you planning  to come for self-study, writing, some time for reflection or similar, please book for a private stay.

Please click here for more information on retreat and how to apply.

 

Vajrasattva Retreat intro

THREE MONTHS VAJRASATTVA RETREAT

Vajrasattva Retreat in 2019

This retreat is now fully booked.

 

ABOUT THE VAJRASATTVA PRACTICE

Following the annual one month meditation course is the annual three-month Vajrasattva retreat. The retreat follows a strict schedule of 4 sessions a day (no teachings)

Vajrasattva is the main buddha-energy connected with purification. It is one of the preliminary practices used in all four Tibetan Buddhist Schools. (Heruka) Vajrasattva practice is said to be particularly powerful for purifying the impure energy of the ignorant mind and the negative actions of body and speech that arise from it.

Sometimes our Dharma practice doesn't really work or bring good results. This is because we have so much unwholesome energy (negative karma) that is creating mental blockages (obstacles). Doing this specific practice can purify those negative mental imprints or obscurations, thus breaking the continuity of bad habits so that we are not creating even more negative karma which results in suffering and obstacles to Dharma practice.

The sadhana that will be used during the retreat was composed by Lama Yeshe, the founder of Kopan Monastery, who was a great advocate of this practice. He once expressed the hope that all his students could make the time to do the retreat at least once before they die.

Conditions of Attendance:

A total of 12 students will be accepted for this retreat. Preference will be given to students who are attendin a November course, or who have done a November course previously.  We also will consider application from other students who fulfill the requirement. The retreat is open only to students who have previously attended the one month meditation course at Kopan, or have done a similar Lam Rim course, such as the FPMT Discovering Buddhism course in a center or as home study. Preferably the applicant should have received the Vajrasattva Initiaton with commitment to do retreat.

Date:  the retreat is now fully booked

 

 

 

Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

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