Welcome to Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery is a center for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat and practice. It is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal.

It was established in the late 1960's by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche as a home for monks and nuns from the Himalayan area and foreigners wishing to receive teachings.  

This is still the mission of Kopan Monastery today, to preserve and transmit the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to ultimate happiness and freedom from suffering to all. 

Kopan provides integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. 

Kopan is a peaceful, calm and relaxing place to spend a few hours, days or weeks.

You are welcome to be part of this community as a guest. Stay for a while, attend a course, walk through the gardens, make a short prayer in one of our meditation halls, have a vegetarian meal at the cafe, or just sit and listen to life.


Kopan Monastery
Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa

Kopan Monastery FPMT pending affiliation
Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition