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Kopan Nunnery Study Programme
Give others the opportunity to attain enlightenment

The Study Programme at the Nunnery is conceptualized along the belief above.
The nuns are given a complete study program which includes classic Buddhist and
contemporary education.

Education Syllabus

The classical Buddhist education includes scholastic study such as philosophy study, classical Tibetan debating and meditation; ritual arts such as chanting, ritual music, the creation of sand mandalas.

Contemporary education such as mathematics, science, English language, Nepali and Tibetan is also taught to the nuns. Most nuns speak English and this will serve them well when they leave the nunnery to teach the dharma.

Qualified Teachers

The nuns are taught by realised Buddhist masters and scholars including Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khenrinpoche, the Abbot of Kopan Monastery, the late Geshe Lama Konchuk and many others.

Their goal is to become qualified Dharma teachers so that they may teach others.

Kopan has already established a Geshe study program approved by HH Dalai Lama (the geshe degree is the monastic equivalent of a Doctor of Divinity) and the nuns at are enrolled in this program - one of the few nunneries in India and Nepal to offer such an opportunity to their nuns.

Philosophy Debates & Regional Competitions

Every year selected nuns participate in the annual one month debate, in which several nunneries challenge each other in debating skills. Kopan nunnery has often come up top in these annual challenge