a guide to happy living 

Buddha's Four Noble Truths

28 July to 2 August 2022



While we tend not to want to think or talk about suffering, it is in fact a part of life. Whether we like it or not, we will experience sickness, old age, and death, along with many other problems of varying intensity including dissatisfaction, loss, changing relationships, and so forth. Unless we understand the nature and causes of our suffering, we can never hope to eliminate it. To show us the path to lasting happiness, the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths — the foundation and essence of all forms of Buddhism. The first Truth diagnoses the nature of our existential illnesses and neuroses. The Second Truth explores their causes and conditions for arising. The Third Truth shows that the causes of our problems can be removed and that we can be free of suffering. The Fourth Truth includes the many paths Buddhism offers to realize that goal. The Buddha has shown that the spiritual path is uncomplicated and totally pragmatic.

You will come to understand that it is your own mind that creates your suffering and dissatisfaction, and likewise that it is your own mind that can put an end to the suffering. This empowers you to take charge of your feelings and actions.


Details of the course

COURSE DATE: 18 to 23 July 2022

COURSE TEACHER: Geshe Tengyur and Geshe Sherab


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

Check-in for the course is 3.30 pm on 18 July  -  you are welcome to arrive a day earlier.

The course concludes on 23 July 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.


Please note

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

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

- 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 get a Rapid test at the airport and bring the result with you.

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

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

- Extend your visa if necessary before coming to Kopan.

- We do recommend medical insurance for elderly people.

Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

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