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Shyalpa Monastery and Nunnery • Kathmandu, Nepal

Shyalpa Monastery, Nunnery, and Retreat Center are located on Kopan Hill above Kathmandu valley. Over 200 monks and nuns are in residence receiving secular and spiritual education. The Retreat Center hosts students from around the world who wish to study and practice the Buddhist path under the guidance of His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche.


On November 5, 2013, the monastery opened its doors to commemorate the newly constructed Shyalpa Monastery Education Complex. Over 1,000 devotees joined in the celebrations and completed the 100,000 Vajra Guru Mantra prayer recitation over the course of seven days. 


Mantra prayer recitation and puja,  Prayer Hall, Shyalpa Monastery Education Complex

The Shyalpa Monastery Education Complex includes seven classrooms, a library, two shrine halls, computer room, a staff lounge, sixteen apartments for instructors and staff, and a health clinic for the monks, nuns, and local villagers. The complex has the capacity to host major events and accommodates for up to 3,000 participants.

On November 15, 2013, the Mipham Institute for Buddhist Studies officially opened its doors. His Excellency Madhav Prasad Paudel, the Minister of Education of Nepal, was present, along with famous Nepali architect and educator, Dr. Shrestha. Together with His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, they cut the ceremonial ribbon, marking the completion of this three-year construction project and the commencement of a new era at Shyalpa Monastery—higher education and advanced spiritual training for the monks and nuns.

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