Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khadro-la at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived at Kopan Monastery in early February after spending two weeks at Tso Pema in India. Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khandro Namsel Drönme) visited Rinpoche at Kopan after he returned to the monastery.

Khadro-la joined Rinpoche for lunch. They then walked around the monastery, where they met Kamal, a long-time worker at Kopan who now has cancer. Khadro-la and Rinpoche did prayers with Kamal and blessed him. 

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Rinpoche and Khadro-la meeting with Kamal, a long-time worker at Kopan who has cancer, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

On a tsog day, Khadro-la went with Rinpoche to Khachoe Ghakyil Ling, the Kopan nunnery, and did Vajrayogini self-initiation with the nuns. And on another day, Khadro-la and Rinpoche had lunch and then went to circumambulate the the base of Swayambhunath hill.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche celebrating the second day of Losar, giving a White Tara long life initiation, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo courtesy of Kopan Monastery’s Facebook page.

In mid-February, Rinpoche celebrated Losar, the Tibetan New Year, at Kopan. 

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Phuntsok Rinpoche, Charok Lama, Rigsel Rinpoche, Losang Namgyal Rinpoche, and Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi on the second day of Losar at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo courtesy of Kopan Monastery’s Facebook page.

Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi, Kopan’s current abbot; Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Geshe Lama Konchog; Thubten Rigsel Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, Kopan’s former abbot; Losang Namgyal Rinpoche, a high lama of the Tamang people; Charok Lama; and many other young lamas were also in attendance at Kopan’s Losar activities, which included pujas and a White Tara long life initiation given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

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Kopan monks attending a White Tara long life initiation given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the second day of Losar, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo courtesy of Kopan Monastery’s Facebook page.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.