How to Meditate

An Introduction to Meditation

June 3  -  June 8  2022   (5 Days)

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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, some historic back ground on meditation, and - most important - practical experience of meditation.

Course Structure

This course is presented over 5 days in two parts.

The first part will give an overview of meditation, basic meditation techniques such as observing the breath, mindfulness, and visualization meditation. You will hear about 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, loving kindness, compassion, impermanence etc. 

In the first part we also talk about how to set up a meditation session and how to establish a long-term meditation practice, what kinds of skills we develop in meditation and how these are useful in our daily lives and why meditation is so useful, practiced so widely and in so many different forms.

The second three days will be totally dedicated to the actual meditation experience.

You will take back home with you a deeper knowledge of the practice of meditation, how to mke it work for you.

Please note that this is not a Vipassana Meditation course.

This course is taught by Ven Tenzin Choden, an experienced teacher and practitioner.

Details of the course

Check-in for the course is 3.30 pm on June 3  -  you are welcome to arrive a day earlier.

The course concludes on June 8 with lunch..

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.

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. 

Please note that attendance at all sessions is compulsory. Mobile phones and other internet conectable gadgets need to be checked in at the reception for the duration of the course.  Read more on Course Discipline here.

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


Please note: To avoid close contact of the participants, accommodation is available in single rooms/private bath only. (No dormitory)

To make your stay safe, please take note of our requirenments :

- You need to be fully vaccinated. Please bring relevant documentation with you. (Sorry, if you are not vaccinated, you are not able to attend the course.)

- If you are coming directly from the airport to Kopan, please take a Rapid test at the airport and bring the result with you.

- If you are already in Kathmandu, please get a PCR test done before coming to Kopan.

- Facemasks need to be worn at all times, except meals.

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

- Extend your visa if necessary befor coming to kopan

- Social distancing ruless apply everywhere.

- We do recommend medical insurance for elderly people.



June 3 - June 8 2022

COURSE TEACHER: Ven Tenzin Choden


The course fee includes food, accommodation in single or double rooms/priv bath, and a free book.


You will receive a detailed course schedule with your boking confirmation.

Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

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