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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb - 10:30 (2013)    Post subject: Monastere de Kopan au Nepal Reply with quote

A Buddhist Monastery in the Tibetan Tradition
About Kopan
Programme
Prayers
Ways to Help
Kopan Nunnery 
Monastery Shop
Spiritual Teachers
Quick Links
Contact Us
Donate
Gift of Prayer
Newsletter Archive
Monlam Chenmo
Copyright Kopan Monastery 2012
Affiliated with the FPMT
Thank you to Nick Dawson, Scott Schaefer and other photographers who donated images


Our History
Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath is the Kopan hill (pictured left), 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 these lamas came with their first Western students in 1969.
Kopan Monastery 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 called it Mount Everest Center. Twenty five monks moved down from the mountain to Kopan in 1971 - prompted by the harsh climate at an altitude of 4000 am, which made study barely possible in winter.
Now Kopan is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. Nearby is Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to 380 nuns. Both the monastery and the nunnery are under the spiritual guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and the care of the abbot, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel. And it 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.


Monastic Life
Monks and nuns from the age of seven come from all over Nepal and the Himalayan countries such as Tibet, India, Bhutan, Sikkim, and even Mongolia to attend this Gelugpa monastery, one of the best in Kathmandu valley, to receive a classical monastic education.
The students receive extensive training traditional philosophical subjects as debate. A small tantric college under the supervision of teacher from Gyumed college in South India was established some years ago, where rituals subjects such as torma making, chanting, and ritual dance are taught and tantric texts are studied. Additionally the monks and nuns assemble twice a day for prayers dedicated to the well-being and happiness of all sentient beings.
A fully fledged geshe study program has been established. This enables the students to complete most of their philosophical studies at Kopan, before moving on the the Monastic Universities in South India for the continuation of their studies, and higher degrees.
The newly established Tantric colleges houses about 60 monks studying tantric rituals such as making sand mandala, making butterscultpure, arranging initiations and prayerceremonies. They also study the tantric texts in details and learn how to assist those wishing to do retreat.

Not all monks are interested in pursuing a scholastic career. After finishing grade ten in the monastery school, some of them continue their monastic life by offering service to the monastery in a variety of ways. Those who wish to dedicate their life to the pursuit of religious activities may do so under the guidance of qualified teachers and meditation masters.


Preserving the religious and cultural heritage of Tibet
The yearly cycle of ceremonies and rituals at Kopan includes the observance of the annual rains retreat during the summer months, and the observance of other monastic disciplines and rituals. In this way the tradition of the Buddhas teachings on monastic discipline (Vinaya) are upheld and preserved.
The commemoration of the Buddha's holy deeds through prayers and spiritual practice is performed on the respective days according to Tibetan calendar: The 10 Days of Miracles, Saka Dawa, Chokar Duchen, and Lha Bab Duchen.
Purification rituals mark the end of the Tibetan year, culminating in a day of prayers and ritual dances, while the negative actions of the year are symbolically burned in a huge bonfire. In December the anniversary of Lama Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism is commemorated with a procession of lights.
How does the monastery support itself
All facilities, board, and education at the monastery are totally free for all monks and nuns, to give an opportunity to all those who wish to follow the religious life. This is financed through the program of meditation courses for foreign visitors as well as through a sponsorship scheme in which people who are supportive of the goals of the monastery sponsor the living cost of a monk or nun.


Khachoe Ghakyil Ling - the Kopan Nunnery
In 1979 Lama Yeshe invited nuns to study at Kopan, an uncommon practice in Tibetan monasteries. There are now 320 nuns, most of whom are Tibetans living in their own monastery nearby, who participate fully with the monks' philosophical studies and debate as well as following their own practices. http://kopanmonastery.com/nunnery.html

An International Centre for Study and Meditation
From the very beginning, Kopan was conceived by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche as a place of study and meditation for both the Himalayan sangha and for their many foreign students. In preserving this tradition to this day, Kopan has become a unique place, a meeting place between East and West, between religious and worldly life.
Kopan has truly been an oasis for the thousands of foreign visitors, who, tired of their materialism and hungry for something more, have made the place their home for weeks, months, even years. Regular meditation courses have been held at Kopan since Lama Zopa Rinpoche, one of the founders, gave his first public teachings at Kopan in 1971 to a group of twelve Westerners. The rest is legend. This intensive one month introduction to Buddhism became the model for the meditation courses now held throughout the year at Kopan.
The first 'One Month Meditation Course' was held at Kopan in 1971 .Since then up to two hundred students come every year to participate in the annual one month meditation course. Many more come for the seven and ten day courses during the rest of the year. These meditation courses throughout the year provide an opportunity to "taste the Dharma" and to facilitate reflection about living a meaningful life.
Kopan offers an extensive library with books in several languages as well as an audio and video library. Tibetan as well as Western sangha (monks and nuns) are available for private talks and advice.
Daily Dharma talks are offered when there are no courses scheduled.
Full board and accommodation is available to visitors throughout the year at a very reasonable cost. The income generated through this form an important part of the income of the monastery, and help in providing free facilities to all the monks and nuns.
From the beginning Kopan has managed to be many things to many people, sometimes uncomfortably for the traditionalists, but it always has been successfully blessed by the practice of the holy and ordinary beings who have lived or visited here.
We invite you to come and experience this special place in the foothills of the Himalaya  




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Our Spiritual Teachers Lama Thubten Yeshe
Founder of Kopan
Lama Yeshe was born in Tibet and educated at the great Sera Monastic University in Lhasa. With his main disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe established Kopan Monastery near Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas founded the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
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Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Spiritual director of the FPMT
Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was born in Thami, Nepal in 1946 and was recognized to be the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche became the Spiritual Director of the FPMT and carried forward Lama Yeshe's activities and projects. Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is Spiritual Director of Kopan.
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Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche
The recognised reincarnation of Lama Thubten Yeshe
Lama Osel Rinpoche was born, in 1985, to Spanish parents and was recognized as the re-incarnation of Lama Thubten Yeshe. Now a teenager, and once again at his former Sera Monastic University, re-established in South India, Lama Osel is fluent in Spanish, English and Tibetan. Lama Osel follows both traditional Tibetan studies and a Western curriculum.
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Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Rigsel
Abbot of Kopan Monastery

Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel was born in Tibet in 1941, to a poor peasant family. He joined Sera Monastery while still a boy, and in 1959 fled from the Chinese invasion to India. In Buxa, the refugee camp in Northern India where many of the monks were sent by the Indian government, he met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa, an studied with the great masters such as Geshe Rabten and others.
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Geshe Lama Konchog
A modern day Yogi
(Geshe Lama Konchog lived at Kopan Monastery till he passed away in October 2001)
Only then it became known to the hundreds of monks, nuns and lay people devoted to Geshe Lama Konchog the extraordinary qualities of this modern-day Milarepa. He meditated in caves for 25 years but only a few people were aware of the details. Over the years his heart disciple and attendant, Tenzin Zopa has meticulously noted down the accomplishments of this great yogi, and is compiling information Lama Konchog's amazing biography.
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A Buddhist Monastery in the Tibetan Tradition
About Kopan
Programme
Prayers
Ways to Help
Kopan Nunnery 
Monastery Shop
Spiritual Teachers
Quick Links
Contact Us
Donate
Gift of Prayer
Newsletter Archive
Monlam Chenmo
Copyright Kopan Monastery 2012
Affiliated with the FPMT
Thank you to Nick Dawson, Scott Schaefer and other photographers who donated images


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What is a puja?
A puja is a ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas to request their blessings or invoke their help. Pujas are performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles, conditions which prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals. 
There are three types of obstacles.
  • Worldly obstacles
    these are affecting day to day life, relationships, business, finances. 
  • Inner obstacles
    They affect our health or mental state.
  • Secret obstacles
    Obstructing the attainment of innate wisdom. 
By making extensive prayers and offerings with sincere motivation, unfavorable circumstances that bring problems can be changed. It is said that prayers performed by ordained ones are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the base of pure morality.
Similarly making offering to the assembled sangha during a puja collects extensive merit and purifies obstacles.
Pujas can be performed for various purposes:
  • for the dying
    to help pacify their mind, and decrease fear during the time of death.
  • for the deceased
    to bless and guide their mind to a higher state of rebirth and liberation. 
  • for sickness
    to remove obstacles to mental and physical health. 
  • for success in one's activities
    removing obstacles to success of one's activities, be they worldly or dharma.
The puja performed depends on the type of problem and the individual's karma. Usually a lama is consulted for advice on the type of puja (divination).


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Prayers and Practices
Prayers and pujas are powerful methods to deal with difficulties in our lives, such as when facing sickness and death - our own and of those we love. The knowledge that there is indeed something we can do for those who are sick and dying can be especially comforting, during a time when we may feel helpless. 
Kopan can perform special pujas for those who are sick, and weekly pujas can be arranged for the 49 day period after the time of death.
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We also can assist in the commissioning of statues or thangkas for the benefit of the deceased, according to the advice of a lama. (Please note: The Monastery does not sell statues, thangkas, or other holy objects. It can assist you with the ordering and shipping)
Additionally there are many prayers and practices which you can easily perform yourself at home, some of which are available here.
You may download the following in Microsoft Word format:
  • Some of the practices are available in booklet form or as a CD from the Monastery Shop.
  • More prayers and practices will be added over time. 
  • Please also check the FPMT web site (fpmt.org) for more prayers and practice materials.


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