Tools for Happiness

Looking for happiness in all the right places

March 12 - 19 2019

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We all want to be happy, but why is it that no matter how hard we try, we are so often thwarted in our efforts? According to Buddhism it is because we are literally looking in the wrong place.

Although it seems that the world out there – things, people, events – are the cause of our happiness, this is a misconception. For Buddha, what goes in our mind is the main cause of our happiness, and one way of presenting all of Buddha’s teachings is as a series of tools for accomplishing it.

The key to success is to become intimately familiar with our mind – the whole spectrum of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions – and to learn how to unravel and deconstruct them and, finally, change them. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “We can mold our mind into any shape we like.”

In this workshop, we will explore in depth the workings of the human mind, how to become vividly aware of our emotions and feelings, and how to gradually develop the astonishing potential within each one of us, for our own sake and the sake of others.

Details of the course

Check-in for the course is 3.30 pm on the first day, andyou are welcome to come earlier. The course concludes with lunch on the last day. 

All courses are residential with dormitory 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 your stay at Kopan will be greatly enhanced by following the course discipline.  Read more on Course Discipline here.

Course Leader: Ven Robina Courtin

Course Date: March  12 - 19  2019

The course starts at 5 pm on March 12, and finishes at lunchtime on March 19

Course Cost:160 US$

The course fee includes all meals, accommodation in dormitory and course material.

All courses are residential with accommodation and food provided. Your daily schedule begins at 6.45 am and finishes at 9 pm with the evening meditation.

Please note: if you choose accommodation other than dormitory, a charge will apply for the room of your choice.

Please check the prices of our rooms here.



Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

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