'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 2018

May 14 - 31                   Nyung Ne Fasting Retreat at the Kopan Nunnery - please book directly at the Nunnery

September 9-19           Green Tara Retreat (Bookings for this retreat will open in two weeks time)

Group Retreats in 2019

January 2019               3 - Month Vajrasattva Retreat

The date will be published in September 2018 and registrations will be accepted from late September 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. At the moment we only accept retreat applications for experienced student for a minimum of 14 days.

3. Kopan does not have the facilities for Mindfulness or Vipassana retreat.  We recommend that you contact the Burmese Center in Lumbini, which offers perfect facilities and support for this kind of retreat:

4. If you planning  to come for self-study, writing, some time for reflection or similar, please book for a private stay.

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


Green Tara Retreat

September  9 - 19, 2018

Please Register  Below

Tara represents the wisdom and compassion of all the enlightened beings in a female form. Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. It also helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and to being able to work for others.

Jimi Neal, a senior student, experienced meditator and teacher is leading this retreat. He is well know for his ability to make the retreat a meaningful experience for all participants.

About the Retreat

The basis of the retreat is a Sadhana based on the Guru Yoga of Cittamani Tara written by Lama Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

The six daily sessions include four session on the sadhana, one session on the lam rim and  a concluding session on Lojong (mind training)

Read the detailed description of the retreat here

Requirements to join the retreat

Tantric retreats are most suitable for those who are Buddhist (having formally taken Refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), have taken the Bodhisattva Vows and have received a Green Tara Initiation. However, our Green Tara retreat is also suitable for those who might not be ready to make these commitments usually involved with a tantric retreat. The very basic requirements are:

  • You must be familiar with the Lam Rim (the Graduated Path to Enlightenment) and have attended at least one introductory course in Tibetan Buddhism (at Tushita, Kopan, Root Institute or an equivalent Lam Rim course).
  • Know about Green Tara practice and have a deep wish and/or commitment to doing this practice, which includes Guru Yoga and many prayers and practices.

Students on Tantric Retreats are required to follow our general discipline guidelines, as well as the special retreat guidelines as detailed by the retreat leader.

Retreat Date: September 9 - 19

Check in for the retreat  at 3 pm in the afternoon of the first day (9th September). The retreat starts in the evening of the 9th September and concludes after breakfast on the 19th.

Retreat Leader: Jimi Neal


Born in 1948 in Italy to American parents, Jimi was raised in America and attended the University of Southern California. He first came to India in 1971-72, and in 1974 met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. He was ordained by Lama Yeshe at Tushita in 1980. A monk for 15 years, Jimi divided his time between Nalanda Monastery in France, and India. Since disrobing, Jimi has lived permanently in Dharamsala/India . He began teaching in 1992 and has taught at various buddhist centers all over the world since then..

Cost of the Retreat:  200 US$

This includes food, accommodation in dormitory and course fee.
Please note: For accommodation other that dormitory you will be charges an additional fee.
Check the cost of other accommodation here: Accommodation Charges

Registration for this Retreat:

Please complete the Application form below, and we will let you know if you have been accepted.

Register here


Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

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