Kopan Monastery is a buddhist monastery in the Tibetan tradition. It is situated on the hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.
It is the home of 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers. The monks come from all areas of Nepal and Tibet with ages ranging from seven to sixty years old. They have devoted their lives to the study and practice of the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, with special emphasis on the teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelug Lineage.
Visitors from all over the world come here to attend Meditation courses or Buddhism and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the place for study and practice.
Retreat, be it in a group or individually, is also available complements the teachings with intensive practice under experienced guidance.
Take a leisurely walk around the monastery compound, and you will not only have an incredible view of the Kathmandu valley, you will also see several stupas, statues, prayer wheels and other holy objects, all embedded into a landscape of gardens and ponds.
A visit to the Kopan Monastery is an opportunity to meditate, listen to the teachings of Tibetan monks and learn more about the Buddhist faith. Attend a morning prayer ritual, known as a puja, take part in courses and retreats, see striking looking stupas and tour shrines and temples.
Photos below shows the beautiful landscape views of Kathmandu Valley at this Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
Life and Activities of the Monks
The monks at Kopan Monastery perform prayers and pujas on behalf of others every day.
You are invited to join these prayers. Request prayers for yourself or someone in need. The name of this person will be included in the dedication during the morning puja of the monks on that same day (for one time only)
You can order a Puja based on what you think you need and beneficial for your purpose. If not, you can go directly to the puja list on their website, where you will find a selection of the most commonly requested pujas together with the cost.
Daily Life of Tibetan Monks
Tibetan monks or lamas lead a fairly peaceful life.
They are expected to live an austere life focused on the study of Buddhist doctrine, the practice of meditation, and the observance of good moral character. The disciplinary regulations for monks and nuns are intended to create a life that is simple and focused, rather than one of deprivation or severe asceticism.
The Kopan School is registered as a goverment school with a full curriculum.
In Tibetan monasteries, debates are an everyday part of life, and an important part of learning. Monks debate almost every day, normally in the late afternoon and evening, and the debates can sometimes last for several hours each. The groups of monks normally pray for a few hours before the debate, to heighten their awareness and sharpen the mind for the philosophical debates.
Volunteering to work in the Project Yeti clinic is an amazing life experience and immensely satisfying. You will get the opportunity to live in a Buddhist monastery, work with an enthusiastic team of volunteers and treat patients with incredible backgrounds and stories.
The Kopan clinic is equipped with a digital Xray machine, autoclaves, and ultrasonic scalers. Donations from Dental professionals and suppliers make the materials supplies possible
You need to have a mindset of caring and sharing with your fellow workers, be culturally sensitive and compassionate, and be able to manage yourself in different working situations than perhaps you would experience at home.
The patients including, monks, nuns and orphans and local people who are excellent patients with a very high tolerance of pain.
Young Monks Photography
The Project Yeti was founded in 2012 by Dr George Manos and his wife Helen. Dr Manos and Helen aimed to provide dental care and oral health education in Kathmandu. The clinic is within the Kopan Monastery which is near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Want to help? Dental Operators and trained support staff are highly sort after.
If you wish to volunteer with Project Yeti, please refer to their web site; http://www.projectyeti.org/volunteering