About Kopan Monastery
Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath is the Kopan hill, rising up out of the terraced fields of the Kathmandu valley and visible for miles. Dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. It was to this hill that two lamas, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, came with their first Western students in 1969.
Kopan Monastery, a monastery in the Tibetan Tradition, had its beginnings in the Solu Khumbu region of the Himalayan mountains. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, a yogi of the tiny hamlet of Lawudo, fulfilled the promise of the previous Lawudo Lama to start a monastic school for the local children. The school was called Mount Everest Center. Twenty five monks moved down from the mountains to Kopan in 1971 - prompted by the harsh climate at an altitude of 4000m, which made study barely possible in winter.
Now Kopan is a thriving monastery of 380 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors annually from around the world. Nearby is Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to nearly 400 nuns. Both the monastery and the nunnery are under the spiritual guidance of Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, and the care of the abbot, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel. Kopan is the wellspring of the FPMT, a network of some 140 centers and activities world-wide, themselves expressions of the Buddha activity of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
How does the Monastery Support Itself?
All facilities, food, education, medical care, accommodation is provided for free by the monastery to all its residents. This is financed through the program of meditation courses for foreign visitors as well as through the Monastery shop, and a sponsorship scheme in which people that are supportive of the goals of the monastery sponsor the living expenses of a monk or nun.
The Monastery Shop is the fundraising arm of Kopan Monastery, a monastery in the Tibetan Tradition located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Every purchase you make from our Monastery Shop will benefit immediately and without any administration cost the monks and nuns living and studying here.
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A Member of the FPMT
Kopan Monastery is a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
The FPMT is an organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service. FPMT provides integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility.
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