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Our Spiritual Programme


~ Discover Buddhism at Kopan ~

Kopan offers the perfect environment for study and meditation for  serious students, casual visitors, and retreaters. 


Daily Dharma Talks are offered in between courses.
We are updating our course program on a regular basis.
All courses available are posted on the web site.
Please check the course dates before booking for a private stay or retreat, as privates stays are only possible between courses.



  • Discover Buddhism - Short Introductory Meditation Courses in 2014
  • Nyung ne at the Nunnery and Monastery May 28 - June 14
  • Annual One Month Lam Rim Course November 2014
  • Vajrasattva Retreat 2015
  • A Place for Rest and Reflection
  • Book here if you already know the course of your choice: Booking Form
    For information on accommodation, meals and cost please click here for Visitors Information

    Discovering Buddhism ~ Short Introductory Meditation Courses in 2014

    Regular 10 day introductory courses are held throughout the year. The courses give an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, teach meditation skills and include a two day analytical and single pointed meditation retreat. The courses are led by Western sangha, with daily teachings from a Tibetan Lama.

    If you are just interested in Buddhism, or experience problems in your life such as uncontrolled emotions, dissatisfaction, etc - this course will give you some skills to address these problems and make your life more fulfilling and meaningful.

    The daily course schedule starts at 6.30 am and finishes at 9 pm. It encompasses sessions of meditation, teachings and discussion groups. The course leader as well as the Tibetan Lamas of the monastery arr available for personal guidance. The daily schedule. The participants are expected to attend all session. Half day silence is kept as a course discipline.
    For details on the schedule please check Visitors Information

    All courses are residential with accommodation and food provided.

    The course starts at 5 pm on the first day (check-in recommended by 3 pm), and finishes at 12 noon on the last day.

    Course dates in 2014

    February 1 -8 (7 days)
    March 18 - 28 (ten days) This course is now fully booked and closed for registration
    April 19 - 29 (ten days) This course is now fully booked and closed for registration
    May 11 - 21 (ten days)
    June 3 - 13 (ten days)
    September 6 - 16 (ten days)
    October 4-14 (ten days)

    Course Cost:

    10 day course 120 US$

    7 day course 90 US$

    This includes all meals, course material and accommodation (in dormitory).

    Accommodation other than dormitory will incur extra charges. Please check our Visitors Information for details.

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    Nyung Ne Fasting Retreat at Kopan Monastery and Nunnery

    Nyung ne is an intensive fasting and prayer practice, done every year during the month of Saka Dawa to commemorating Shakyamuni Buddhas birth, enlightenment and paranirvana.. Each two day sessions includes several session of prayers, prostrations and recitation. Precepts are taken throughout the retreat. On the first day of each session one meal is taken, on the second day no food or drink is consumed and the day is spent in complete silence.

    The retreat ends in the morning after Saka Dawa, the day of Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment.

    You can participate in as many of the eight 2-day sessions as you wish.

    You are advised that the first session starts at 3am on the first day, so please be there the day before. per two-day session.

    Nyung Ne Retreat at the Kopan Nunnery

    May 28 - June 14 (8 sets of two days)
    Cost per 2-day session: 20 US$ (all inclusive)


    Nyung ne Retreat at Kopan Monastery

    June 12 - 14 (one set)
    Cost per 2-day session: 20 US$ (all inclusive)

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    FPMT Basic Program in 2014 with Ven. Fedor Stracke

    Three Month Lam Rim Retreat

    This is a wonderful opportunity to fullfill the retreat requirement of the Basic Program in the peaceful setting of kopan Monastery and to meditate with leisure on the complete graduated stages of the path.

    This is what Lama Zopa Rinpoche says about meditating on the lam Rim: "When the first Masters Program finished I asked the students to do a one-year retreat on the lam-rim after studying for eight years. The students that followed my advice and went to Ö Sel Ling in Spain to do retreat for nine months found it very beneficial and they said everyone must do retreat. They really agreed that the retreat was beneficial."

    This retreat is suitable if you want to meditate for three months on the path to enlightenment and have some background in Buddhism and and have completed some Graduated Stages of the Path studies. The daily schedule will include meditation sessions incorporating practices for accumulating merits and purification, single pointed meditation and analytical guided meditations on Lam Rim topics. It will also include one daily dharma talk on the topic or related to the retreat practices in general.

    The retreat will be lead by Ve. Fedor, resident teacher at Aryatara Institute in Germany. (Please see short Biography below.

    A strong interest and commitment to Lam Rim Meditation is helpful.

    Date: This course has been postponed. Please check for a new date in May

    Short Biography of Ven. Fedor Stracke

    Ven. Fedor Stracke has been a Buddhist monk since 1988 and has spent the last 25 years studying the Dharma with various masters, teaching the dharma in different FPMT centers, translating various Tibetan texts and interpreting for his teachers.

    He received many teaching from masters in Kopan Monastery, Nalanda Monastery and Sera Monastery as well as different FPMT dharma centers. In Sera Monastery he followed the Geshe Program for many years. During his time in India he attended many extensive teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. At present he is resident teacher in AryaTara Institute in Germany and teaching the Basic program there as well as at Kopan Monastery.

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    Annual November Course 2014

    One Month Lam Rim Meditation Course ~ A Life Changing Event

    Date: November 11 - December 11

    The one month meditation course at Kopan was established in 1971 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, the founders of Kopan Monastery. Since then the course has been held every year, attended by thousands of people looking for meaning and happiness in their lives. The course follows the Tibetan Gelug Tradition of Buddhism, and is based on Lama Tsong Khapa's Graduated Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim), one of the most important texts of the Gelug Tradition.

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of Kopan and the FPMT is planning to teach during the course.

    The course teacher for the 2014 course will be announced later in the year.

    Translation will be available into French and Russian.

    Booking is essential - Registration starts on the 1. July 2014.

    Click here for a full description of the course

  • A one week Lam Rim retreat will follow the One Month Course - Date to be announced.
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    Three Month Vajrasattva Retreat 2015

    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)

    Conditions of Attendance:

    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.

    A Place for Rest and Reflection


    You are welcome to stay at Kopan and enjoy the peace and quiet in a spiritual environment in between courses. You are welcome to participate in the teachings, meditations and discussion daily at 10 am (please check with our reception), enjoy our wonderful library, or attend the prayer session of the monks. We recommend that you book accommodation for your private stay in advance. Please note that a private stay is only possible when no courses are scheduled.

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