Discovering buddhism

Introductory Courses for Everyone

Find the dates for these courses below

10-day, 7-day and 5-day courses

The Discovering Buddhism courses are perfect for beginners. Scheduled throughout the year, they are based on the Lam Rim (The Graduated Path to Enlightenment).

Each course provides an overview of 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.  

This course is also offered as a 7 day course (without the 2-day silent retreat) and as a 5 day course

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. During the course you will receive guidance on setting up your own daily practice.

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 usually 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 all 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 available for emergency calls.

During your stay at Kopan, please follow our strict dress code. Check if you are dressed appropriately for a monastic environment.


To make your stay safe, please take note of our requirements:


- You need to be fully vaccinated. Please bring relevant documentation with you. Sorry, if you are not vaccinated, you are not able to attend the course.

- If you are coming directly from the airport, please take a Rapid Covid test (available outside the arrival hall)

- If you are already in Kathmandu, bring a recent valid PCR test result. Testing can be done at any testing site or hospital close on the way to Kopan.

- You will not be allowed to leave the monastery during your stay

- Extend your visa if necessary before coming to Kopan

- We do recommend medical insurance if you are older.

If the course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances after you paid your deposit, you will receive a full refund of the course deposit.
10-day courses in 2022
7-day courses in 2022
  July 07 - 14 Ven. Tenzin Choden
September 5 - 14   G. Svensson
October 7 - 17   Ven. Yeshe

COURSE FEE for Discovering Buddhism Courses as of March 2022

The cost of the courses include food, accommodation and course material.To keep everybody safe, accommodation for all courses are in single rooms/attached bathrooms (no dormitory available).

The cost of the 5-day course is 120 US$

The cost of the 7-day course is 150 US$

The cost of the 10-day course in April is 180 US$. 

Register here


Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

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