One Month Lam Rim Meditation Course 

1 to 30 november 2023

more information will be advertised in august

registrations will open in september

We don't take bookings in advance, nor group bookings. Students don't need to have done an Introduction to Buddhism course to be accepted into the November Course.



A Life Changing Event 

The One Month Meditation course at Kopan was established in 1971 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, the founders of Kopan Monastery.

Since then the course has been held every year, attended by thousands of people looking for meaning and happiness in their lives. The course follows the Tibetan Gelug Tradition of Buddhism, and is based on Lama Tsong Khapa's Graduated Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim), one of the most important texts of the Gelug Tradition.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of Kopan and the FPMT, along with a western FPMT senior teacher, teach during this course.


The course will cover many important topics such as, to name just a few, the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the Four Noble Truths, Karma, The Nature of our Mind, Bodhichitta, Conventional and Ultimate Truth. There is also a section on Thought Transformation so as to learn how to deal better with problems in daily life. The topics that are presented will be examined from various perspectives, analyzing their profound meaning as well as explaining their day-to-day applications in daily life. It is an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

The course is based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, which form a complete and gradual spiritual path (Lam Rim), leading to ultimate happiness and enlightenment. Through cultivating an awareness of our present condition we gain an understanding of the nature of our dissatisfaction and unhappiness, the causes of these states of mind and how we can overcome them. Many of the ideas presented will be new and sometimes contrary to your beliefs, we request you to come with an open mind and a willingness to analyze, question and contemplate the teachings.

This is an experiential course and it takes courage and patience to take it, most people that attend are touched by the teachings at a very deep level. It takes courage because you will see yourself adn reality in a new and different way, patience because it takes time to change old habits. Developing a good heart, learning to be more tolerant and loving takes time.

During this month there is time to get the process going. Lama Yeshe used to say: "Our wisdom light is light a puny little flame, it needs protection. Take it out of the wind, so it can grow and shine brightly." Take your wisdom mind out of the wind for one month, and experience the difference this makes.



Kopan Monastery
Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa

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