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Kopan Nunnery's Background
Kopan prayer hall entrance

Buddhism flourished in Tibet for more than a thousand years until the Chinese invasion in 1959, which led to the Dalai Lama fleeing into exile to India. With him came
thousands of Tibetans determined to continue their religious and cultural traditions. Because of their efforts, the Tibetan Buddhist teachings, transmitted unbroken and unaltered through a lineage of learned teachers to the present day, are still taught in the monasteries and nunneries the Tibetans have been able to establish in exile.

Khachoe Chakyil Ling Nunnery (Kopan Nunnery) is one of those nunneries. Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, founders of Kopan Monastery in the Kathmandu Valley, admitted the first nuns to live and study there in 1979.

Kopan Nunnery is currently the largest Tibetan nunnery in Nepal with 400 nuns. The nunnery provides full scholarship for the nuns, which includes education, accommodation, health care and food.

The Vision

With the completion of its building plans, Kopan Nunnery will be the Largest Tibetan nunnery in the World – able to house a thousand nuns.

Forming the Mission

The aim is to create a place of study and practice for nuns - a supportive and stable environment for women who wish to pursue a spiritual life.

FPMT Mandala

The Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery which means Land of Bliss is a member of the FPMT, Foundation of Preservation of Mahayana Tradition.

The nunnery is part of Kopan monastery and are located 10 minutes apart