Kopan is a popular place in Kathmandu for a spiritual retreat. The monastery – which follows the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism – is home to 360 monks from Nepal and Tibet and sits on a hill above Boudhanath with its attached guesthouse. The monks are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition – an organisation devoted to the transmission of Mahayana Buddhism through teaching, meditation and community service. Kopan’s teachings are divided into courses and retreats run throughout the year. The popular Discover Buddhism course – which includes instruction on meditation – is open to curious beginners and the group retreats are designed more for advanced practitioners.