HEART OF RINPOCHE'S WORLD
was founded by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
in the early Seventies to create a haven for monks and nuns from
around the Himalayan region. Kopan, located on a hill in the Katmandu
valley is a thriving community of 600 monks and 200 nuns today.
The gentle, popular and much loved Lama Lhundrup is the Abbot
of Kopan Monastery. Lama is always smiling. I have never seen
Lama not smiling and he truly must be the kindest lama ever.
Lamas also introduced Buddhist Meditation Courses at Kopan for
lay people in search of teachings. These have been enthusiastically
described as a life changing and peerless experience.
the month long Lam Rim Meditation Course at Kopan continues
to be held each year. And Rinpoche continues to teach at this
course every year. Those wanting to attend these Mediation courses
should click here.
is Rinpoche’s monastery. It nestles above a small hill in the
Katmandu valley of Nepal. On a clear day one can see the Himalayas
in the distance, providing the support of the world’s highest
mountain range for the monastery. Below us is the sprawling valley
that makes up the bright hall, where auspicious and favourable
chi settles and accumulates before making its way auspiciously
up the meandering road to the monastery.
in Kopan is like being in heaven.
wake up before dawn in the mornings to start the day’s meditations,
and it is as we leave the large gompa (prayer hall) into the bracing
mountain air that we see the sun rising on the horizon. There
is a magical silence all around us, and carpets of clouds nudge
at our feet. It is like being in Pure land … Tushita, Shambala,
Potala, Shangri la ….
day the sun casts its light in different ways, sometimes bringing
small flowers into sharp focus and at other times, sending tiny
slivers of light that highlight the tops of trees that seem to
have grown out of the mists. The energy of Kopan is pure and exquisitely
beautiful, so pure it overwhelms one’s senses completely.