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View a photo album of the 3 Year Retreat Gate Opening Ceremony July 25, 2015, Click here

6 Yogas of Naropa
Aug 15, 2016 to Jan 31, 2017

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Gampo Abbey is a Western Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition in Nova Scotia, Canada. Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983, it is a lineage institution of Shambhala and a corporate division of the Vajradhatu Buddhist Church of Canada.

Under the spiritual direction of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Shambhala International, Gampo Abbey is guided by our abbot the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and our principal teacher Acharya Pema Chödrön.


The Shambhala Monastic Order’s first temporary monastic training program comes to completion.

by Shastri Loden Nyima, Monastic Secretary to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Summer is passing and fall arriving at Gampo Abbey as we conclude our first year of residential monastic training, The Warriors Who Are Meek, from the Shambhala Monastic Order. This year of training was initiated by an instruction from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to continue the tradition of offering temporary monastic training residencies by designing curricula based on the Four Dignities of the Shambhala path. As part of the monastery’s role in helping to hold deep practice and study, the intention was that a period of complete immersion in the dharma would offer practitioners the opportunity for processing and deepening which can also benefit the broader society as more people train in this way and return. (To read the full article in the ShambhalaTimes follow this link.)


The Warriors Who Are Joyful

The Shambhala Monastic Order is delighted to accept applications for The Warriors Who are Joyful, a nine month monastic training residency at Gampo Abbey beginning 4 January 2016.

The training will be based on the teachings of the Snow Lion drawn from the Shambhala terma and related teachings of the Sakyong lineage with supplementary material from the tradition of sutra. Join us for an in-depth journey through these teachings on joyful discipline in the supportive container of monastic life.

Please note we still have openings for eligible women. We have a waiting list for any new male applicants.

Click here for more information on this program.

Nous célébrons notre 30ième anniversaire!

Un monastère bouddhiste occidental de la tradition Shambhala, situé en Nouvelle-Écosse au Canada. Fondé par Trungpa Rinpoche en 1983, l'abbaye est une institution de la lignée Shambhala et un membre de la corporation Vajradhatu Buddhist Church of Canada.

C'est sous la direction spirituelle du Sakyong Mipham Rinpoché, qui est aussi à la tête de Shambhala International, et sous le conseil spirituel de l'abbé du monastère, le vénérable Thrangu Rinpoché, qu'évolue l'Abbaye de Gampo.  L'Acharya Pema Chödrön y est la principale enseignante.

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Nordzin took temporary ordination for one year as part of Gampo Abbey’s ongoing offering of monastic training.

Before coming to Gampo Abbey I lived in Poland where I was born. I worked for a logistic forwarding company as a manager. Having family and two children, going to such a place like GA left in the realm of my dreams. Though sometimes life surprises us writing a new scenario… (To read more of Nordzin's story follow this link)


Lodro took temporary ordination as part of Gampo Abbey’s ongoing offering of monastic training and has been in residence since October 2014. 

My given name at birth was Daniel McCoy Baker. I was born October 26th, 1989 in Cheverly, Maryland not too far from Washington D.C. Which was the area where I spent the greater part of my life, I grew up in P.G. Country, Maryland about a mile outside of Eastern D.C. A town called Brentwood in a quite poor neighborhood, it wasn’t uncommon for gunshots and sirens nor for muggings and rape. (To read more of Lodro's story follow this link)


The Practice of Life Release at Gampo Abbey

On July 9th Gampo Abbey residents performed the annual lobster release. This involves purchasing (with the aid of donations) the last catch of the season from local fisherman and longtime Abbey friend Captain Mark Timmons and releasing the lobsters back into the water while chanting prayers. We gathered at Pleasant Bay Harbor around 4pm and waited for Captain Mark and his crew to return from their last fishing expedition for 2015. When they docked, we boarded the whale watching boat where the catch (two crates containing about 140 lobsters) was transferred from his fishing boat. To read more about Lobster Release practice follow this link)