RETREATS

'If you look closely at and contemplate deeply

the people and things that appear around you,

You can see that all  are in constant Flux.

Everything becomes a teacher of Impermanence.'

Excerpts from ' Meditations on the ways of impermanence.

 

 

 

The purpose of retreat is deepening the understanding of Dharma through intensive contemplation and integrating it into one's mind stream, in an quiet place. Undisturbed by worldly activity, the mind has the opportunity to turn inward and explore our inner world. 

Kopan Monastery accepts both experienced practitioners as well as beginners for a retreat. You can attend one of our group retreats, or do your own retreat.  

 

Group Retreats

 Kopan Monastery offers group retreats as part of its yearly course program. These retreats are lead by experienced teachers. Depending on the type of retreat, students might be accepted by application only and special conditions may apply. Please find out more on the requirements as well as application form for these retreats below by clicking on the title of the retreat. 

 

Private Retreat

If you wish to do a private retreat, please note that we support mainly retreats in the Tibetan traditions. Due to limited retreat space, we give preference to FPMT students. Click on the 'Private Retreat' tab for more information on this. If you haven't done a retreat before, we advise to join one of the group retreats at Kopan or any other center.

 

 

Group Retreats

Group Retreats

 Kopan Monastery offers group retreats as part of its yearly course program.  These retreats are usually for more advanced practitioners only and lead by experienced teachers. 

Kopan also offers Medicine Buddha Retreat and Tara retreat during the year. Please check the course calendar occasionally for updates. 

Depending on the type of retreat, students might be accepted by application only and special conditions may apply.

Please find out more on the requirements as well as application forms for these retreats below by clicking on the title of the retreat.

 

FPMT Centers are welcome to use the Kopan facilities for group retreats. Please email us with your request.

 

Group Retreats in 2016

May 7 - 22       Nyung Ne Fasting Retreat at the Kopan Nunnery - please book directly at the Nunnery

June 10 - 15     5-Day Chenrezig Retreat  - Develop the Power of Compassion

 

Group Retreats in 2017

January 2017  3 - Month Vajrasattva Retreat

The date will be published in September 2016 and registrations will be accepted from late Septmeber onward.

 

Private Retreats

Private Retreats

"Retreat offers a situation where it is possible to fulfill our basic human potential and develop all the positive qualities within ourselves." Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Private retreat refers to a solitary time, to concentrate on your practice.

Kopan provides a very blessed and inspiring environment for experienced meditators looking for a peaceful retreat place.  Kopan Monastery supports in particular retreats in the Tibetan tradition, such as Lam Rim retreat, preliminary practices (such as water bowl offering, Dorje Khadro) and tantric retreats (if you have the commitment). Preference  is giving to students who have already attended course or retreats at Kopan.

Serious practitioners following the Tibetan Tradition with retreat commitments (up to three month) are welcome.

All private retreaters will have an interview with one of our teachers before the start of the retreat to discuss the retreat schedule.

Thinking about retreat?

Please consider the points below before sending your retreat application:

1. If you  are new to Buddhisms, we recommend that you first attend one of our introductory courses to create the base for the retreat.. Following this,  you are welcome to talk to our resident meditation teacher on advice about doing a follow-up retreat.

2. Kopan does not have the facilities Mindfulness retreat.  We recommend that you contact the Burmese Center in Lumbini, which offers perfect facilities and support for this kind of retreat:   www.panditarama-lumbini.info/

3. Are ypou planning  to come for self-study, writing, some time for reflection or similar? In this case please book for a private stay.

Please click here for more information on retreat and how to apply.

 

Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

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