a guide to happy living 

Buddha's Four Noble Truths

11 to 16 March 2023



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, etc. 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 teaches the path to achieve that goal.

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: 11 to 16 March 2023

COURSE TEACHER: Geshe Tengyur 


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 March. 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 March 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