Learn to Meditate

11 to 16 February 2023  



This Buddhist Meditation Course is designed for complete beginners, and is presented within the context of the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition.

The course provides an overview of meditation and introduces basic meditation techniques such as watching the breath, mindfulness, visualization with mantra recitation and analytical meditation. It will also include teachings on the foundations of Buddhist philosophy and mind training.


Course Structure

 Through this course you will learn the importance of analytical and stabilizing meditation in promoting more insight into the thought and behavior patterns of your daily life. Every day you will have an opportunity to have a practical experience of these meditations and discuss your experience.

As a preparation for the analytical meditation, we will look briefly at a few of the main Buddhist principles as the basis of the analytical meditations, such as loving kindness, compassion, impermanence, etc. 

You will learn how to set up a meditation session and how to establish a long-term meditation practice, what kinds of skills are developed in meditation and how these are useful in our daily lives. You will have a direct experience of why meditation is so useful, practiced so widely and in so many different forms. You will take back home with you a deeper knowledge of the practice of meditation.

Please note that this is not a Vipassana Meditation course.


Details of the course

COURSE DATE: 11 to 16 February 2023

COURSE TEACHER: Ven Tenzin Choden


The course fee includes food, accommodation in single room/private bath and a free book.

Check-in for the course is at 3.00 pm on 11 February. The first session is at 5.30 pm, please make sure to be here at that time.

You are welcome to come one or two days earlier, and leave one or two days later.

Our reception opens at 9 am and closes at 5.30 pm, arrivals are due to be done only within these times. Please bare this in mind and the necesarry PCR test for your travel arrangements.

The course concludes on 16 February with lunch.

Your daily schedule begins at 6.45 am and finishes at 9 pm.

Participants are required to attend all session, attendance to all sessions is compulsory.

Silence is kept from 9 pm till after lunch the next day.

Mobile phones and other internet connectable gadgets need to be checked in at the reception for the duration of the course. Read more on course discipline.

During your stay at Kopan, please follows our strict dress code. Check if you are dressed appropriately for a monastic environment.


Covid Policy 

- You do not need to be vaccinated. 

- Please get a PCR test done in Nepal before coming to Kopan. PCR results in Nepal take 6hrs. We will send more information two weeks before the course starts with further details.

- Bring a rapid test (RAT) with you in case of necesary future testing.

- You will not be allowed to leave the monastery during your stay.

- We recommend medical insurance - Medical services in Nepal if required are expensive for foreigners.



Kopan Monastery
Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa

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