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Despite being a Hindu nation, you can find large number of Buddhists in Nepal. You will see a number of monasteries and schools all round the Nepal where Buddhism philosophy is taught. Approximately 11% of the population practice Buddhism, especially Tibetan form of Buddhism. Buddhism can be broken down into two main branches, Theravada (“The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana (“The Great Vehicle”). The Theravada Buddhism spread to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar etc., while Mahayana Buddhism spread to China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan etc. Lumbini is world famous for the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha and is also the reason for attracting huge number of Buddhist tourist each year in Nepal.

Staying at a Buddhist Monastery is a way you can immerse yourself the Nepali and Buddhist way of life. Living as part of the small community will enable you to experience their customs first-hand, understand their religious beliefs and daily challenges interact with other locals through the eyes of a fellow Nepali and have quality language immersion time with native speakers! Most Monasteries speak Nepali and Tibetan as well as potentially a range of other international languages. You may be surprised how well many Monks speak English.

The accommodation is simple, comfortable and clean. Volunteers will either have their own room or share with one other person in the monastery guesthouse. Three vegetarian meals are served daily (usually dhal bhat, roti and vegetables or thukpa). Tea and biscuits are served twice a day.

The volunteers will be living and studying amongst the monks (who are very helpful and welcoming). We ask that volunteers pay due respect to the monks privacy and the monastic environment. This includes refraining from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct and taking intoxicants (including cigarettes) on the premises.

 

Monasteries

Yuloko Jetsunling Nunnery

Yuloko Jetsunling Nunnery, established in 1999, is a medium-sized Buddhist nunnery located in Pharping. Three main ceremonies are celebrated here annually lasting 10-15 days each. Additionally, the nuns enjoy celebrating Losar, a festival of song and dance. The nunnery operates...

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Tergaroselling Monastery

Benefits of Living in a Monastery A large part of the VIN experience comes with the community in which you are volunteering. Staying at a Buddhist Monastery is a way in which you can immerse yourself in the Nepali and...

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Sherpa Gumba

Need info … Benefits of Living in a Monastery A large part of the VIN experience comes with the community in which you are volunteering. Staying at a Buddhist Monastery is a way in which you can immerse yourself in...

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Rinchin Palorary Monastery

The Rinchin Palorary Monastery is a school located near the village of Balambu overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, founded with the primary purpose of instructing young monks in the Philosophies of the Buddha. There are around eighty students in total, ranging...

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Mahayana Monastery

Mahayana Monastery was established in 1996. There are altogether 120 monks — 110 of which are students with the remaining 10 in charge of the oversight of the monastery. The monks follow the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, for which the...

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Karmapa Ngedon Nunnery

Karmapa Ngedon houses and educates about 80 nuns, the youngest being about 10 years of age. Nuns attend classes in Tibetan language and Buddhist studies, as well as English language, and participate in various festivals and activities that occur throughout...

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Karmaleksing Monastery

Karmaleksing is one of the few monasteries in Nepal equipped with a school for both younger students and an institute for older students. Volunteers will most likely teach to students between 8 and 17 years of age. There are almost...

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Karma Samtenling Nunnery

Karma Samtenling Nunnery was established in 2007 and comprises 55 nuns from remote areas of Nepal, such as Gorkha, Humla, Jumla, etc. Located at Farping, Kathmandu, they operate a school through grade 3 and plan to upgrade it annually. They...

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