Kopan is probably the best place in the Himalaya to learn the basics of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. The reasonably priced and popular 10-day courses (US$140), with a two-day silent retreat, are generally presented six or seven times a year by foreign teachers. There’s also a very popular annual one-month course (US$510, booking essential) held in November, followed by an optional seven-day retreat. Visitors can also attend the daily dharma talks at 10am

The monastery is closed to visitors between 11 November and 20 December.