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Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu

Kopan Monastery Overview

Set on a hilltop near the Boudhanath Stupa with a mesmerizing view of the valley in its backdrop, Kopan Monastery is a prominent tourist as well as educational center in Nepal. Founded by Lamas Thubten Yeshe and Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, the monastery gets its name from the hill on which it is situated. It is a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and has also served as its headquarters in the past.

 

About its founder- Lama Thubten Yeshe
After the death of Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1984, the Tibetan Buddhists believed that he would reincarnate. Later it was declared that a young Spanish boy named Osel Torres is a reincarnation of the Lama, which also inspired Bernardo Bertolucci to make the film- Little Buddha.

 

For tourists
The beautifully adorned gardens and the peaceful surroundings attract many locals and tourists to come here for spending their Saturday holiday. Just walk amid the fresh air and greenery of this place can rejuvenate your soul. The monastery remains closed for visitors on other days of the week. However, if you wish to study Buddhist philosophies and psychology, you can enroll yourself for a program here.

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