Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath rise Kopan hill. 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, the land of the Sherpas. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama fulfilled the promise of the previous Lawudo Lama to start a monastic school for the local children. The school was called Mount Everest Centre. Twenty-five monks moved down from the mountain to Kopan in 1971 – prompted by the harsh climate at an altitude of 4,000 meters, which made study barely possible in winter.
Now Kopan is a thriving monastery with more than 400 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 more than 400 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 centres and activities world-wide, themselves expressions of the Buddha activity of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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Now Kopan is a thriving monastery with more than 400 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly”