Support a Monk at Kopan Monastery


Kopan Monastery, Nepal.

Taking care of a large community is like taking care of a small town. There are many expenses behind the scene that are indispensable to the smooth running of a place. Services such as providing clean water, continued electricity supply, disposal of the garbage and sewerage, efficient administration are all vital to keeping the community functioning. Maintenance of infrastructure, buildings and facilities is also essential.

The costs of all these ‘background expenses’ are high. But most of the donations that Kopan receives are dedicated for specific items, such as food, medical care etc, and cannot be used for other expenses. We invite you to help us in our efforts to keep the monastery running well. Sponsor any amount as a general donation or choose one of the special projects that are high on our priority list right now.

How do we survive?

For more than 40 years Kopan Monastery has taken care of its ever-increasing number of monks and nuns. In 1975 only 40 monks and nuns were living here; now there is a population of 760 to feed, clothe, educate and provide with health care. The monastery has been able to do this due to the blessing of the Buddha, the untiring efforts of our teachers, and the generosity of benefactors all over the world.

The burden of looking after such a large community is quite considerable. Having taken on the commitment for this very large family, Kopan doesn’t plan just for the next month or year, it needs to put plans into place for the future. Through the continuing support of our benefactors Kopan is continuing to be a vibrant, functioning and successful spiritual community.

There are always challenges, such rising food prices – 15% in the past two years; the upgrading and expanding of the accommodation for the monks; more teachers are needed to keep up with the growing number of students; the maintenance of the extensive facilities is an ongoing process.

Please continue giving us your support for our work of providing a place of study and practice to young people of the Himalayan region, and to preserve the religious and cultural heritage of Tibet.

Medical Care in the Kopan Clinic

kopan-medicalEvery morning between 8.30 and 9.30 am there is a rush of small monks running towards the Kopan Clinic. They are lining up in the treatment rooms, to have their small and large ailments looked after.  The ailments range from small scratches and abrasions, to a range of childhood diseases such as mumps, chicken pox, and a head fungus that is widespread in this part of the world. Cases of TB, typhoid fever, hepatitis and similar infections diseases are also occasionally occurring. But with a bunch of kids with too much energy, broken bones are a much more regular occurrence.

The Kopan Clinic is staffed by three monks, with a visiting doctor three times a week. One of the staff monks is training as a health assistant in a local college at the moment. The clinic has a small lab, an X-ray machine, and a large pharmacy. The lab and x-ray machine are also serving the local community. The clinic building itself has some rooms to accommodate sick and elderly monks, and children with contagious illnesses. The Kopan Clinic has been developing well over the past ten years.

Before being accepted into the monastery the children and young people undergo a health assessment. Once they pass this, they receive some common childhood vaccinations as well as rabies, tetanus and meningitis vaccination.

Due to a very kind Australian sponsor the Kopan Clinic is now equipped with a state of the art dental clinic, where not only the Kopan monks and nuns, but also the monks and nuns from the monastery branches receive dental check ups and treatment.

For serious cases sick monks are taken to a nearby hospital. One of the clinic staff will stay with the patient to assist with the care, and arrange for food, because hospitals in Nepal don’t provide food for the patients.

Medical bills for around 800 people can be quite substantial. Kopan now has a monthly medical bill of US$2000 – 3000 for medicines and medical treatment for all its residents, monks and nuns alike.

Please continue giving us your support for our work of providing a place of study and practice to young people of the Himalayan region, and to preserve the religious and cultural heritage of Tibet.