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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.


Cheerful Year of the Wood Sheep!

All of us at Gampo Abbey wish you a cheerful Shambhala Day and a joyful and auspicious New Year.

One-Year Temporary Monastic Residency Program: Training in the Shambhala Monastic Order at Gampo Abbey

For many years, it has been the vision of our lineage of Sakyongs that practitioners seeking to deepen and strengthen have the opportunity to do so within the container of a temporary monastic ordination; this has been practiced at Gampo Abbey for decades.  At this auspicious time when Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has established the Shambhala Monastic Order, we are now hosting this training for a one-year period which began in October 2014.  

The year will follow an in-depth curriculum based on the principles of Tiger—friendliness, mindfulness, discernment, renunciation, selflessness, exertion, contentment, and confidence.  It will also include frequent practice of Shambhala Meditation and other teachings of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as well as of the Druk Sakyong, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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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Three weeks are offered: August 4 to 11, August 11 to 18 and August 18 to 25.

In-house retreat is the only time in the Gampo Abbey year that people have the opportunity to participate in Abbey life for a week or two without having to make a one-year commitment.

For more information and to apply click here.


Ani Pema Chödrön's Yarne teachings on Exploring Selflessness will form the core of a unique online course which has been developed by Shambhala Publications.

In addition to videos of Ani Pema's Yarne talks at the Abbey, the course includes two live calls with Ani Pema, faciliated discussion groups as well as guided readings and practices.

For more information and to register for this unique course click here.


Stay in touch with the Abbey community, its members and their stories of their experience in the one year monastic training program. Visit our Blog.

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Gampo Abbey
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton,  NS B0E 2P0
Tel. 902-224-2752    Email:

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