Staying for Private retreat
"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. "
Retreat for Buddhist practitioners means something very special - a complete focus on your own mind while performing prayers and practices of different kinds.
In Tibetan Buddhism, knowledge is the basis for retreat. Having studied the teachings, retreat gives the opportunity to contemplate the topics in more detail. To have a successful retreat, Dharma knowledge is necessary. It also helps to have been advised by ones teacher to do a retreat. Although it is not a requirements to have taken Buddhist refuge, having taken refuge can be helpful in setting motivation and determination for the retreat clearly in one's mind.
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. Kopan does not have the facilities or support system for Mindfulness retreat. We recommend that you contact the Burmese Center in Lumbini, which offers perfect facilities and support for this kind of retreat:
Or contact any Goenka Vipassana Center forinformation on their program
3. If you are planning to come for self-study, writing, some time for reflection or similar, this is not for you. In this case please book for a private stay.
Planning to do a short retreat
You can do a short personal retreat (minimum of 10 days duration) or a strict individual retreat with a set schedule of three/four sessions of Tibetan Buddhist practice per day, such as preliminary practices, deity practice, Lam Rim meditation, etc. Preference will be given to those who have already done courses or retreat at Kopan or have been advised by their teacher to do a retreat.
Your accommodation will depend on the type of retreat, and can be in a single room with shared or attached bathroom.
During our busy course time we might not be able to accept your request.
Please send us Private Stay Booking form and explain in the comment section your retreat plan. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Planning to do a Long Retreat
Are you an experienced student planning to do a longer retreat, (minimum stay 1 month) and follow Tibetan Buddhism, in particular the Gelug lineage? Then the Retreat House (Samten Ling) at Kopan Monastery is the right place. You will find the environment at the monastery very conducive for serious retreat. Kopan Monastery has been blessed by many high lamas who did retreat here. Although it is not completely quiet here, there is an atmosphere of stillness and peace that makes it very suitable for practice.
The Retreat House has apartment style accommodation, with a small kichenette, a meditation room and a living room, at a cost of 20 US$ (including food) per day. For longer retreats, a discount is available. The rooms are large enough for prostration.
It is reserved for those doing a minimum of one month strict retreat. Preference will be given to those who have already attended courses or retreats at Kopan, or have been adviced by their teacher to do this retreat. In some cases we might ask for a recommendation and reference.
Applying for the retreat
To apply for a long retreat, please complete the application form below.
All retreat will need permission from the resident teacher. You will be asked on arrival to have an appointment with one of our teachers to discuss the retreat schedule and to clarify any questions you might have regarding the retreat.
If you have received clear instructions from your personal teacher as to the conduct of the retreat, please mention this, together with the name of your teacher.
Once you have been accepted, we will ask you to send us a deposit - amount depening on the lenght of your retreat.
Kopan has facilities for water bowl retreat, Dorje Khadro, and other preliminary practices. You will need to inform us well in advance if you wish to do these kinds of retreat.
We also welcome students for tantric retreats under certain conditions.
You are requested to follow the general guidelines during your stay at Kopan.
Kopan's private retreat facilities include:
· Peaceful retreat rooms
· Three vegetarian meals per day, safe drinking water
· Excellent library
· Meditation cushions, water bowls and other retreat supplies available
· Friendly staff who will respect your retreat silence.
· Spiritual and emotional support if needed.
· Setting up boundaries and blessing the retreat room by experienced monks
· Fire puja facilities and help with preparation of the retreat
Please note: Kopan does not offer self-catering facilities! Tea making facilities are provided.
The Monastery reserves the rights to ask students who do not follow the rules or prove in other ways to be disturbing to leave the monastery.