Guidelines for your Retreat

1. If you are a beginner, please discuss your schedule with our resident meditation teacher on arrival, the reception can set up an interview.

2. Do not leave the monastery grounds during the retreat unless it is absolutely essential, for example for a doctors appointments or shopping supplies.

3. Do not mingle with course students or monks. Remain in silence most of the day.

4. Do not invite anyone to your room - not even pets.

5. If you are doing strict retreat you can ask for food to be delivered to your room, or choose to collect your meals from the dining room.

6. Butter lamps are not allowed in the rooms, as they blackens the walls.Bring electric lights with you for your altar. Burn incense in the box provided.

7. Refrain from pinning or gluing pictures etc. on the wall or putting nails into the wall.  If you need to hang a thangka, ask the reception for help when setting up your room.

8. Your dress should be appropriate for a monastic environment - pants or long shorts and t-shirt are fine. 


Kopan Monastery
Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa

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