July 23 to August 3

with Shastri Nick Kranz

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6 Yogas of Naropa

September 6, 2016 to March 12, 2017

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Sopa Choling

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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 Shambhala Canada Society.

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.

Newly Ordained Warriors Who are Joyful
with Ani Pema and the Abbey Life Monastics

The Warriors Who Are Fearless

A Nine-Month Residency with the Shambhala Monastic Order beginning January 4, 2017

We are delighted to announce The Warriors Who are Fearless; an immersive nine month monastic residency at Gampo Abbey.

In the vision of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Shambhala Monastic Order joins the monastic lineage of the Buddha with the Shambhala terma teachings to offer an embodied expression of the dignity of enlightened society. We invite you to join this sacred training ground, deepen your practice of warriorship, and discover how immersion in monastic life enriches your practice and brings out the awakened energy of society.
Residents will participate in creating a culture of basic goodness through study, service, and community life grounded in meditation. We will begin with the teachings on the Tiger’s contentment and the Snow Lion’s joyful discipline and then leap into the fearless path of the Garuda. Study and practice will draw from the teachings of the Sakyong Lineage supplemented by material from the Mahayana Sutra tradition, including deep study of the Heart Sutra.

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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 Shambhala Canada Society.

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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Gampo Abbey lineage teachers

Cook's Assistant
Söpa Chöling
Three-Year Retreat

September 2016 to
August 2017

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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)